The 30th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival came to a close this weekend after five days of songwriter rounds from over 400 talented songwriters.
On Friday (April 1), festival-goers were treated to performances from Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Rodney Clawson, Tim Nichols, Bob DiPiero, JT Harding, Kelley Lovelace, Dan Wilson, Corey Crowder, RaeLynn, David Hodges, Alex Kline, Smith Ahnquist, and more at venues across Music City.
On Saturday (April 2), the festival closed with music from Natalie Hemby, Jeffrey Steele, Steve Dorff, Kelly Archer, Trent Harmon, Neil Medley, Nathan Chapman, Kevin Kadish, and more.
In addition to the rounds and networking events that took place this year during Tin Pan South, Nashville Songwriters Association International also hosted the first-ever in-person NSAI Member Awards, presented by Regions Bank. The invitation-only event was held at Analog at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville and included an array of performances.
“We have thousands of songwriter members who may not describe themselves as professional songwriters, but write amazing songs, are outstanding performers, and deserve recognition for their work,” said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison. “This is one of the most exciting additions to NSAI’s programming in years and we applaud Regions Bank for underwriting this event. Nothing could be more in line with the part of our mission statement that says: ‘to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter.'”
Awards were voted on by NSAI’s global membership and NSAI staff. See the full list of winners below.
Dates have already been announced for the 2023 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festiva, taking place March 28 through April 1, 2023.
NSAI 2021 & 2022 Member Award Winners:
Online Pitch Award: Sarah Jones (2021); Kate Zickler (2022)
Song Evaluation Award: Nell Maynard (2021); Hayden Cain (2022)
NSAI Mentor Awards: Greg Wilson (2021); Jahnavi Goldstein (2022)
NSAI One to Watch Award: Ben Johnson (2021); John Frank (2022)
NSAI New Member of The Year: Brett Trout (2021); Beldon Burch (2022)
Volunteer of The Year: Herb Chafin (2021); Michelle Pereira (2022)
Friends of NSAI: Preshias Harris (2022)
Graduate Award: Kyle James, Sarah Jones, Kelly McKay, and Megan Barker (2021); Lily Rose, Martin McDaniel, Sara Haze, and Aubrey Toone (2022)
Chapter of The Year: Oklahoma City, OK Chapter (2021); Tidewater, VA Chapter (2022)
Chapter Coordinator of The Year: Kathy Kay Wallace of the St. Louis, MO Chapter (2021); Scott Forman of the New York City, NY Chapter (2022)
Todd Givens Scholarship Winner: Jesse LaBelle (2021); Ben Wagner (2022)
NSAI Song Contest Winners: Matthew Soileau (2021); Claire Bunnik (2022)
Anthem Chapter Challenge Winners: Sal Cosentino, Linda Sclafani (2021); David Unlayao, Kathy Kay Wallace, and Emily Bea (2022)