The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), along with presenting sponsors The Bluebird Cafe and CMT, have announced details for the 23rd Annual Song Contest beginning Oct. 1.
Songwriters around the world are invited to submit songs and/or lyrics for a chance to win up to $5,000 cash, a one-year single-song contract with Anthem Entertainment, an American Dream Series Taylor Guitar, tickets to the 2023 CMT Music Awards, a Bose L1 Pro8 Portable System, a 3-day trip to Nashville, and one of two mentor sessions.
The winner of the Song Category gets a one-on-one mentor session with artist, songwriter, and Grammy-nominated engineer Blanco Brown, while the Lyric Category winner will get the opportunity to learn from hit songwriter, artist, and producer Nicolle Galyon in a one-on-one mentor session.
Each year the contest provides an opportunity for songwriters of all genres to have their songs and lyrics evaluated and judged by industry professionals. Up to 22 entries will place in the contest, and the live final judging phase for the Song Category will feature the top 10 finalists’ entries vying for the Grand Prize. Final judging will take place in February 2023.
Beginning Oct. 1, entries can be submitted online at nsaisongcontest.com or mailed to the NSAI office (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 or lyric entry for current NSAI members and $45 per song or lyric entry for non-NSAI members. There is no limit to the number of songs or lyrics that songwriters can submit, and all entries must be submitted or post-marked by Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. CT.
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