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"I don’t know why a new writer wouldn’t do Song Camp. It was my first step into the Nashville community. You learn from incredible pro writers, you meet other people on the same journey, and you get real feedback on what you’re doing. It serves as an orientation toward life as a writer. Honestly, it's such a rare opportunity to have this many pro’s available to speak, teach, and give feedback so freely. It jumpstarted my writing. I was from out of town and it really provided a glimpse into my future that couldn’t have happened any other way.

NSAI Staff members-Bart, Trina and Leah, along with Chelsea Kent (Still Working Music), Doug Johnson (songwriter and VP of A&R at Black River Records) and Lisa Johnson (Sweet Renegade Music) traveled from Nashville to Wisconsin this past weekend for our Milwaukee Workshop that featured two lessons and a publisher feedback panel.  Doug and Bart both taught invaluable lessons and provided insight regarding craft, today’s market and how to stand out amongst the crowd.

May 1- May 31 “Recommended” Songs Considered for P2P Luncheon
Congratulations to the writers below who had songs recommended between May 1st and May 31st for consideration for our Publisher Luncheon. These were submitted to the Song Evaluation Service and were recommended by the NSAI Evaluators who reviewed them.NSAI staffers will review all songs recommended between May 1st and August 31st and will choose up to 15 for the October 2016 Publisher Luncheon. 

With Advanced Song Camp almost a month away, we'd like to congratulate those whose applications were accepted! We'd look forward to seeing you all this summer!

“Oh look, there is another advertisement about NSAI Song Camps. What is all the fuss about?” I am sure this is a pretty common question many of you ask yourselves... Let me briefly attempt to explain why NSAI Song Camp and Advanced Song Camp are worth every. penny. 
 

The United States Department of Justice today, according to published reports, denied every request from American songwriters to ease restrictions found in the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, World War II-era restrictions imposed by the federal government on the two largest American performing rights societies (PRO’s).

3 Key Steps to Defining Originality
Contributed by Hannah Wilson, Big Loud Shirt

Whether your goal is to get noticed by a publisher, find an artist to record your song or pursue an artist career yourself, there are many things to consider. One of the most important, however, is originality

Comments from Bart Herbison Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International, in response to the decision regarding “PRO Licensing of Jointly Owned Works” by the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division

NSAI supports the recent legislation introduced by Rep. Jeffries and Rep. Marino. We applaud and appreciate their support of the songwriting community.

Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries & Republican Rep. Tom Marino Propose Copyright Claims Board to Help Artists Protect Their Life’s Work

June 1- June 30 “Recommended” Songs Considered for P2P Luncheon.

This edition of Heart and Song was written by American Singer/Songwriter, Justin Klump



Five years ago, I was making my living playing colleges throughout the U.S. as a Singer/Songwriter. I wrote songs because I had to. 

NSAI Song Camp 2016 was a huge success and below are just some of the feedback from our attendees to prove it! Thanks to our featured speakers and guest teachers for taking time out of your busy schedules to offer your expertise and lessons you've learned along the way. REGISTER FOR SONG CAMP 2017

"It was so great to hear everyone's art and to learn so much from such great writers. It is always so inspiring to be around so many like minded people." - Steve Vito

Congratulations to all of our members who had songs taken at last week's Pitch to Publisher event.

NSAI Advanced Song Camp was a huge success and below are just some of the feedback from our attendees to prove it! Thanks to our featured speakers and guest teachers for taking time out of your busy schedules to offer your expertise and lessons you've learned along the way. 

"The insight gained from all the speakers and staff over the past 3 days has been off the chart." - Ronnie Jackson

Congressmen Doug Collins (GA), Hakeem Jeffries (NY), Trent Franks (AZ), Judy Chu (CA) and Steve Cohen (TN), all members of the House Judiciary Committee, recently submitted a letter to U.S. Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch about their concerns regarding the recent DOJ ruling. Click here to read their letter.