Song Camp




July 14 - 16, 2017


Everyone is welcome at NSAI Song Camp! Whether you write country or pop, rock or rap, christian or folk – even if you just write lyrics. If you are the next Justin Timberlake or Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift or Adele, Song Camp is for you! Song Camp is the place for new friends, new co-writers, and new outlooks on every aspect of songwriting to enhance your craft. Features of Song Camp include: lectures, pro song breakdowns, group critique sessions and a performance opportunity at The Country Nashville!

We recommend attending NSAI Song Camp before applying to NSAI Advanced Song Camp.

Registration will open in April 2017. Stay tuned for registration details!

Attendees ages 15 and under MUST have a parent accompany them during all times at the event. Parent registration price is half of the attendee’s registration price. Please call NSAI to process the parent payment.

Attendees ages 16-17 MUST have a parent present at the event venue, but the parent does not have to stay with the child during the actual event and breakouts. If the parent chooses to accompany their child during the event, they will need to pay for a pass themselves. Parent registration is half of the attendee’s registration price. Please call NSAI to process the parent payment.

NSAI Member - $425
Non-Member - $525

Here at NSAI we believe that performing regularly is valuable to getting your songs heard! This July, we’ve teamed up with The Country Nashville to showcase some of our Song Camp and Advanced Camp Attendees! A link for the Writers Round and Guitar Pull registration will be sent to attendees on Friday, June 17th at 10:00 am CT and will close Monday, June 20th at 12:00 am CT. We will then RANDOMLY select 28 people to play the Writers Round and 30 people to play the Guitar Pull. We wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to play and we felt this accomplished that.


Brent Baxter grew up writing short stories in his small hometown of Batesville, Arkansas. However, it wasn’t until his sophomore year at Arkansas State University that he first discovered songwriting. Back home over Christmas break, a friend put a melody to a poem Brent had written, and he was hooked.

Brent sharpened his songwriting skills while earning both a bachelor and masters degree in business (MBA). During that time, he was also active in his local NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association) chapter. Following college, he joined the local songwriting community while working his day job at a telecommunications company in Little Rock, Arkansas. In March of 2002, Brent traded his cubicle for a rented room in Nashville. When he wasn’t waiting tables or working in the royalty/administration department of Bluewater Music, he was writing songs and meeting with publishers. Brent’s first cut came in early 2004, as “Monday Morning Church” was recorded by Alan Jackson. The song went on to become a top five hit. In early 2005, Brent signed his first publishing deal, becoming a staff songwriter for Major Bob Music. That deal yielded cuts by Randy Travis, Lonestar, and Lady Antebellum, among others.
In 2009 and 2010, Brent wrote for a joint venture of Peer Music and RPM Music, and that deal has yielded cuts by Ray Stevens, Randy Kohrs, Lathan Moore, Kal Hourd and others. From 2010 through 2012, HE was the flagship writer for Infinity Music Group.  This deal yielded cuts by Canadian star Gord Bamford, as well as comedy legend Ray Stevens, blues guitar legend Steve Cropper, Andy Griggs, Buddy Jewell, and new Curb artist, Ruthie Collins, among others. Brent currently writes for my his publishing company, Cowboy Chords Music and is the author of Man Vs. Row/Songwriting Pro.


Nicolle Galyon made her way to Nashville from Sterling, Kansas in 2002 to attend Belmont University where she first discovered her passion for songwriting. Upon graduation in 2006, she signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Publishing in 2007. She has had songs recorded by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, and Thomas Rhett, including the number one hits "We Were Us" by Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert and "Automatic" by Lambert. In 2014 Galyon was named Music Row Magazine's Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year and was most recently honored with Song of The Year for "Automatic" at the 2014 NSAI Awards & 2015 ACM Awards.


Rusty knew when he moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University that publishing was where he belonged and his track record has proven him right. He hit the ground running with his first job at SmithHaven Music where he secured artist deals for writer/artists Jeff Bates and Will Hoge.

From there he was hired by top producer Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jodee Messina) to run his publishing company, Song Garden, which thrived under Rusty’s guidance.

His next venture was This Music, a partnership with songwriting superstars Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington. As managing partner, he has built the company into one of the most successful publishing houses on Music Row. Along with Nichols and Harrington their writer roster includes Grammy-nominated writer Jesse Alexander and two-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Ben Hayslip.

Jason Blume ("Dear Diary" - Britney Spears)
Liz Hengber ("Forever Love" - Reba McEntire)
Steve Leslie ("That's The Truth" - George Strait)
Tony Arata ("The Dance"- Garth Brooks)
Don Henry ("All Kinds of Kinds"- Miranda Lambert)
Lance Carpenter ("Love Me Like You Mean It"- Kelsea Ballerini)
Odie Blackmon ("Nothing On But The Radio"- Gary Allen)
Danny Wells ("These Days" - Rascal Flatts)
Rick Beresford ("If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me" - George Jones)
Justin Weaver ("Bottoms Up" - Brantley Gilbert)
James Dean Hicks ("Goodbye Time"- Conway Twitty)
and MORE!

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