20th Annual NSAI Song Contest To Launch Sept. 1

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announced today that the 20th annual NSAI Song Contest, presented by Martin Guitars and Strings and CMT, will launch Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. CT.

This year’s competition boasts four mentors: multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Elle King, hit songwriters Ross Golan and Joe London of  the podcast AND THE WRITER IS…, and Grammy-award winning songwriter Tom Douglas. Other prizes include two cash prizes—$5,000 to the Grand Prize Winner and $2,000 to the Lyric-Only Winner—several Martin guitar and strings prizes, totaling over $21,000 in value, as well as a one year single-song contract with Anthem Entertainment, and more.

All eligible submissions received by NSAI will be judged in their respective categories by music industry professionals and NSAI staff. In the third round of judging, the top ten finalists and ten honorable mentions will be determined for the Song Category, and the Lyric-Only winner and runner-up will be selected. In February of 2020, the top ten finalists for the Song Category will be scored during a live-streamed event where a music industry-based celebrity panel of five or more elite music industry professionals will score each submission, with the highest score receiving the Grand Prize.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. central, entries can be submitted online at nsai.cmt.com or they can be mailed to the NSAI office (NSAI Address: ATTN: Song Contest, 1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN 37203). All entries mailed in must include the submission form, entry fee, printed lyric sheet, and one audio CD (unless a Lyric-Only entry). Entry fees are $35 per song for current NSAI members and $45 per song for non-NSAI members. There is no limit to the number of songs that songwriters can submit, and all submissions must be post-marked by October 31, 2019.

For further details, including additional information on submitting songs, an official full list of prizes, the Terms and Conditions and contest updates, visit nsai.cmt.com.


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