NSAI Chicago, IL Chapter

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Meetings consist of reviewing a lesson on the craft of songwriting or a music business related subject. We then host a feedback session where participants share a song with the group. Members should bring a song to share and lyric sheets for the group.

April 1, 2023
11 am (Chicago Time)
DEANNA & RICK SONG EVALUATIONS UPDATE!!! - 6 Total Spots (Via Zoom) Saturday, April 1st ONLY 11am (CST) Evaluations: $20 - Observers are free!
Due to logistical issues, we unfortunately must CANCEL our second day of song evaluations (April 8th) with Deanna & Rick. BUT GOOD NEWS! Deanna and Rick will still be conducting evaluations on Saturday, April 1st, starting promptly at 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Chicago, IL 60074
United States
Please call Daryl Ziemke at 708-528-7942 to register. Daryl will share what times are available and how to proceed step-by-step through the registration process.

Deanna & Rick Song Evaluations 1-DAY ONLY! Saturday, April 1st (11am) $20



Robert Osgood
Dina Bach
Daryl Ziemke
James Stelter

Chapter News and Events

Please note. This will be an in-person meeting. You must attend this meeting in-person to participate in this year’s Chapter Challenge.
This meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Tobias Music, 5013 Fairview Ave. in Downers Grove.
You must also submit your song using NSAI-Chicago's Monthly Submission Form-Chapter Meeting:

Every April the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosts the “NSAI Chapter Challenge.”
NSAI members in Local Chapters across the globe have an opportunity to submit one pre-recorded song at their local Chapter meeting!

Participants must be a current NSAI member and “affiliated” with a Chapter where they wish to attend and submit for the Chapter’s April meeting. (“Affiliated” means you have joined a Local NSAI Chapter and receive information and participate in that Chapter’s activities.)

To find and join a Local Chapter near you, please follow these steps:
go to - https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/chapter-search
click the name of the Chapter you are interested in
That takes you to the Chapters Profile page
You will see the Chapters information, including a teal button that says, “Affiliate With Chapter.”
Click “Affiliate with Chapter” to join and you’re all set!

Chapter Coordinators will facilitate the Chapter meeting where members will listen to all the songs submitted. Each member can submit one song. After the last song is played, fellow members will vote on the song they think should make it to Round 2 of the Chapter Challenge.

If you are affiliated with multiple Chapters, you may only submit one song to one Chapter.
Multiple entries will immediately be disqualified.

Coordinators are there to facilitate the voting process.
Each Coordinator will receive an automatic song submission into Round 2 as a “thank you” for their dedication and time as a volunteer Chapter Coordinator.

The Member’s song that receives the most votes, will be forwarded to NSAI by April 30th, 2023.
In the event of a tie, those songs will be submitted to the Chapter Director and the NSAI team will vote to break the tie and to determine the song going to Round 2.

Round 2 - NSAI has an appointed committee that will listen to all song submissions from Members who were selected by their Chapter, along with each Coordinator catagory entry.
The committee will choose the top 20 submissions.


Top Winners
The winning NSAI Member and the winning NSAI Coordinator whose songs are chosen will receive:
An all-inclusive trip to Nashville including:
Roundtrip flight, 2-night hotel stay (exclusions for dates of travel apply)
A curated Nashville, Music Row, experience - exclusively customized for each writer, specific to their individual talent, inspirations, and goals
Lunch with NSAI Staff
Meet with PRO writer is affiliated with
Meet with Publisher that’s in the vein of writer’s style
Featured spot for on a local writer’s round - “Smokin’ on the Row” at Bobby’s Idle Hour
Travel is for two days and two nights (exclusions for dates of travel apply)
Must be booked at least two months in advance and scheduled between Monday – Thursday.
These two winners will also be honored on NSAI socials, as well as the 2024 NSAI Membership Awards

TOP 20
The Top 20
In depth Song Feedback by Pro Writer & NSAI Team
Exclusive Online Pitch with a Music Row Publisher
Recognition on NSAI Socials and website

Entry Rules
No live performances will be accepted.
Songs cannot be co-written with a professional songwriter.*
Songs under/pending contract are not eligible for submission.
Members cannot vote for their own song.
Non-members cannot vote or submit a song in the competition.
Voting must happen at the Chapter meeting -- NO EXCEPTIONS.
Songs must be submitted no later than Midnight on April 21st!
Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please Note: This will be an "in-person" meeting.
You must attend this meeting in-person to participate in this year's NSAI-CHICAGO Chapter Challenge.
You must also submit your song using NSAI-Chicago's Monthly Submission Form-Chapter Meeting:
More details on this meeting will be provided in the coming weeks.

NSAI News and Events

Tin Pan South has been nominated in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards as a contender for Best Music Festival!

Voting ends Monday, March 20th and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, March 31st at 12:00pm EDT.