Contributed by Katie Jelen, Secret Road Music Services

“I want a pub deal.” 

The below letter was written to the CEO of Sony Records on August 3, 2016.

Dear Mr. Morris,

The below statement has been issued by NSAI Board President and songwriter, Lee Thomas Miller on August 4, 2016. 


Department of Justice
Songwriter groups have already begun to fight the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ)  final ruling issued yesterday that mandates 100%  music licensing by both ASCAP and BMI and says the new system must start within one year.  BMI immediately filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the DOJ ruling while ASCAP, NSAI and others will seek a legislative remedy from Congress. LEARN MORE

This edition of Heart & Song was contributed by Nashville based artist/songwriter, Jamie Floyd.

July 1- July 31 “Recommended” Songs Considered for P2P Luncheon.

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) today sent a letter to dozens of artists signed under the Sony Music Entertainment (SME) umbrella drawing their attention to a move by SME to devalue songwriter streaming mechanical royalties.

Dear Sony Music Entertainment Artist:

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Country Music Television (CMT) are excited to announce the 17th Annual NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT.


WSMV Channel 4 recently featured NSAI on their Today in Nashville segment! Get a tour of the building and more info about our mission.

August 1- August 31 “Recommended” Songs Considered for P2P Luncheon
Congratulations to the writers below who had songs recommended between August 1st and August 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 August 1st and August 31st and will choose up to 15 for the October 2016 Publisher Luncheon.

NSAI Honors Songwriters Who Topped the Charts from April 2016 to July 2016

Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) rate court Judge Louis Stanton issued a ruling overturning mandatory 100% licensing ordered by the U.S. Department of Justice. This means performing rights organization (PRO) BMI does NOT have to comply with 100% licensing, unless DOJ files an appeal and is victorious. The ruling does not apply to ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers).

So you’ve heard about our celebrity mentors, Charles Kelley (Grand Prize) and Rodney Clawson (Lyric-Only) plus the Single-Song Contract from Round Hill Music…But why else you should you enter? And what prizes do Runner-Ups and Honorable Mentions receive?  

Congratulations to these writers whose songs were selected to be put on the Publisher Luncheon CD happening on Oct 18, 2016!

Congratulations to the following members who had their songs selected by OLE MUSIC PUBLISHING!
Ellen Thweatt – “Homesick”
James Stelter – “Last Thing That I Need”
J. Shields – “Universe”
Emily James – “Fools & Jokers”
Bruce Michael Miller, Joe Hash – “Love Wins”