"At age 13, I became an NSAI member at my local NSAI Chapter in Kansas City. From that room in a dusty old church, I learned what it means to be a songwriter. Monthly meetings brought me song feedback, insight into the industry in Nashville and friendships I still cherish. I would not have been as prepared as I was to move to Nashville and study songwriting at Belmont University if I hadn’t attended Advanced Songwriting Camp, Pitch to Publisher, Tin Pan South, and the many other wonderful NSAI events. NSAI is a community that cherishes and champions writers. They are the cheerleader in our victories and the mentor in our time of need."