The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Country Music Television (CMT) are excited to announce the 16th Annual NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. The contest is open to all genres and submissions will be accepted from September 1, 2015 until October 31, 2015.
Prizes will be awarded to one (1) Grand Prize CMT Listeners’ Choice Award Winner, one (1) Lyric-Only winner, ten (10) Runners-Up, and ten (10) Honorable Mentions. The top ten (10) songs will be voted on by the fans during the month of February 2016, and the song with the most fan votes will be the Grand Prize CMT Listeners’ Choice Award Winner. The Grand Prize Winner will win $5,000 cash, a mentoring session with EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, as well as additional prizes, including: a one-year single song contract with Warner/Chappell Music, live performances at the 2016 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and The Bluebird Cafe, a three (3) day trip to Nashville, TN, and more! The Lyric-Only winner will win a mentoring session with artist and Creative Nation writer, Lori McKenna, along with additional prizes. All entrants will receive a personalized scoring sheet.
Entries can be submitted online at nsai.cmt.com or via mail to NSAI (a printable entry form can be found at nsai.cmt.com). Entry fees are $35 per song for current NSAI members and $45 per song for non-NSAI members. There is no limit to the number of songs that songwriters can submit.
For further details, including: additional information on submitting songs, an official list of prizes, the Terms and Conditions and updates visit nsai.cmt.com. Updates will also be posted on nashvillesongwriters.com and NSAI’s Facebook and Twitter pages (@NSAIOfficial). Be sure to use #NSAISongContest of you wish to give us a shoutout!
16TH ANNUAL NSAI SONG CONTEST PRESENTED BY CMT (“CONTEST”) ABBREVIATED TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Begins at 12:00 a.m. CT on 9/1/15, ends 11:59 p.m. CT on 10/31/15. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. (excluding MD & CO), Canada & Australia, 13 years of age or older. Eligible minors must obtain their parents or legal guardians’ permission prior to participating. Void in MD, CO & where prohibited. Subject to complete Terms and Conditions available at nsai.cmt.com. Provided by Nashville Songwriters Association International,1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN USA 37203.
Sponsors: Special thanks to ASCAP, BMI, CMT, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville, SESAC, Warner/Chappell Music and We Make Tapes & Discs.
About Eric Paslay: EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native earned nominations for GRAMMY Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song Of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” A true artists artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay is currently writing and recording for his highly-anticipated sophomore album.
About Lori McKenna: Born and raised in Stoughton, Massachusetts, McKenna, along with her husband and five children, still call the area home. Her Boston roots run deep and find new life through her raw, honest lyrics and captivating voice seen in both her songwriting and her artistry. In the past decade McKenna has received multiple BMI awards, five Boston Music Awards and has had songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Reba, Little Big Town, Holly Williams, Hunter Hayes, Raelynn and more. In her solo career, McKenna has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums: Paper Wings and Halo, Pieces of Me, The Kitchen Tapes, Bittertown, Unglamourous, Lorraine and Massachusetts. Her latest album, Numbered Doors was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 40 Best Country Albums of 2014.
About NSAI: The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 spans the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. For 47 years, NSAI has been dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com.
About CMT: CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network's digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.