Advanced Song Camp



July 21 - 23, 2017

Good songs get heard, great songs get cut. NSAI Advanced Song Camp is designed to bring you and your writing to the next level. Features of Advanced Song Camp include: intimate instruction, one-on-one critiques, performance opportunities, and more.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOT YET BEING ACCEPTED. Please stayed tuned for Spring 2017. Acceptance is on a rolling admission basis, so applying early increases your chances.

Application Process: NSAI Advanced Song Camp is reserved for aspiring writers who have already achieved a high level of development. Admission to NSAI Advanced Song Camp is by application only and there is an online non-refundable application fee of $25. If you think you’ve got what it takes, process the application fee online and fill out the NSAI Advanced Song Camp application. You will need three (3) mp3s and three (3) accompanying lyric sheets. Additional details regarding requirements and needed materials are available on the application.

Acceptance Status: Upon receiving your online non-refundable application fee and the application in its entirety, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted regarding your acceptance status.

Registration Process: If accepted into NSAI Advanced Song Camp, you will be given a registration link. You will need to secure your spot within a week of receiving the link to confirm your spot. Your $25 application fee will be put towards your NSAI Advanced Song Camp payment.

NSAI Member - $525
Non-Member - $625


Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry. In addition to his four books, Songwriting Without BoundariesWriting Better LyricsThe Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed five online courses for three lyric writing courses, one on poetry, and one on creative writing.

He has filmed a series of lectures for Coursera with over 650,000 students enrolled since the first run in 2013.  Pat has written over 50 articles for various magazines and blogs and has chapters in both The Poetics of American Song Lyrics and the current Handbook on Creative Writing for Edinburgh University Press.

Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer, Tom Hambridge, and Gillian Welch.


After a successful career in commercial real estate, but with a lifelong passion for music, Tom Douglas attended a songwriters' seminar in Austin, Texas in 1993. He played one of his early compositions "Little Rock" for publisher/producer Paul Worley, who took it with him back to Nashville. Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Douglas as a staff writer and in June 1994, "Little Rock" as sung by Collin Raye, became a number-one hit and a nominee for CMA Song of the Year. He earned his second number-one hit on the pop charts in 1998 with "The Gift" as recorded by and co-written with Jim Brickman. In 2001, Tim McGraw took "Grown Men Don't Cry" to number one, and subsequently collaborated with Tom on the top three-country hit, "My Little Girl," which also became the end title for the Fox film, Flicka, in 2006. "Love's the Only House" recorded by Martina McBride reached the top-five on the Country charts followed by another hit, "God's Will." From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2010,Tom achieved a rare Triple Play Award in which he had three number one hits in a year: Lady Antebellum's (co-written with the group) "I Run To You" followed by Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice" (with Bob DiPiero) and concluding with Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" (with Allen Shamblin). In 2010, he also had a single with Lady Antebellum' s "Hello World" (with Tony Lane and David Lee). Tom's song (cowriter with Jaren Johnston/Jeffrey Steele) "Raise 'em Up" was #1 for Keith Urban and Eric Church in the spring of 2015. Tom has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Straight, Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood... and the list goes on. Most recently, Tom's song "The House That Built Me" was nominated for 2010 Grammy Song of The Year and Country Song of The Year and won CMA Song of the Year as well as ACM's Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. In that same year,Tom was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song "Coming Home" featured in the film "Country Strong". In 2014, Tom’s song “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” was nominated for the Grammy’s Country Song of the year. In 2014, Tom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Annie Tate ("Somebody" - Reba McEntire)
Brent Baxter ("Monday Morning Church" - Alan Jackson)
Erin Enderlin ("You Don't Know Jack" - Luke Bryan)
Jaime Babbitt - heard on several jingles for Dr. Pepper, Diet Coke, Starburst and more
Jim McCormick - ("That Would Be Me" - Harry Connick Jr.)
Larry Beaird - Beaird Music Group
Mason Douglas ("American Beauty" - Lost Trailers)
Steve Leslie ("That's The Truth"- George Strait)
Travis Meadows ("Riser"- Dierks Bentley)
Gordon Kennedy ("Change The World" - Eric Clapton) 
James Dean Hicks ("Goodbye Time"- Conway Twitty)
Jeff Carlton - Parallel Music Publishing
John Tumminello - Executive Director of Musician's Corner, Co-owner of Music City Unsigned
Justin Weaver ("Bottoms Up" - Brantley Gilbert)
Ralph Murphy ("He Got You" - Ronnie Milsap)
Rick Beresford ("If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me" - George Jones)
Steve Seskin ("All I Need To Know" - Kenny Chesney)
Tom Douglas ("Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim McGraw)
Tom Shapiro ("No Place That Far" - Sara Evans)
Tony Martin ("You Look Good In My Shirt" - Keith Urban)


Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt
2613 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

*Staying at Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt is not a requirement for attendance.

The deadline to book your room under the discounted rate is June 23rd. Just mention NSAI Advanced Song Camp while booking.

Parking: Hotel guest $20 plus tax daily, $24 plus tax to valet


Call NSAI at 615-256-3354 or 800-321-6008