Contest Announcement! Nashville Needs A Song


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Nashville Launches Songwriting Contest to Inspire and Uplift Community

"Nashville Needs A Song" Competition Offers Prize Money to Winning Songwriters

Nashville, TN (May 8, 2020) -- A songwriting competition called Nashville Needs A Song is soliciting Music City’s songwriters to submit compositions to help inspire and uplift Nashvillians as they navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. Nashville was challenged by other cities to come up with a song, and winning songwriters will receive prize money as they also are experiencing difficulties caused by the pandemic.

“You need not look further than Nashville to find the industry’s best song-writing talent from both established and emerging artists,” said Mayor John Cooper. “As we learn to safely live and work in the age of the coronavirus, we’re relying on that creativity and instinct for raw, honest storytelling to create a rallying cry that will inspire our neighbors here in Davidson County and around the world.”

Nashville Needs A Song is a joint initiative of the Mayor’s Office, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and Nashville Songwriters Association International. NSAI will administer the contest, which is open to songs that include at least one songwriter who lives in Davidson County, and the submitting songwriter must be a current member of NSAI. Submissions should be made at from May 8 to May 12. The first 100 submissions will be considered.
“NSAI will use some of our professional songwriter members to help Nashville choose the best song to be used as an anthem for these troubled times,” said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison.   
To encourage submissions and to help those who keep the music playing in Music City, the NCVC is offering prize money from its COVID-19 relief fund, which is part of its charitable foundation: $2,500 to the winning songwriter, along with $1,000 for second place and $500 for third.
The winning song may be used by the city and NCVC as part of marketing initiatives. Writers and their publishers will retain all future rights to the song.


Nashville Songwriters Association International
Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and several foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and aspiring, for over 52 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. For more information, visit

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination.