NSAI Indianapolis, IN 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.

12:30 to 2:30/3:00
Lawrence Public Library
7898 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
United States
Next meeting June 17th from 12:30 to 3:00 (EST) in person & zoom. For the link to attend contact Rhonda at songbirdsing18@gmail.com or Kevin Foster at kfoster20012@comcast.net

Welcome To Our Chapter!



Kevin Foster
Rhonda Thomas

Chapter News and Events

The Indianapolis, IN chapter will be having our Chapter Challenge on April 15, 2023. We will meet at the Lawrence Public Library located at 7898 Hague Rd., Indpls., IN 46256 from 12:30 to 3:00.


Every April the Nashville Songwriters Association International hosts our “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.

(It does not have to be a full demo. Simple work tapes with guitar or piano and vocals are fine.)

To find a Local Chapter near you, please go to:

Participants must be a current NSAI member and “affiliated” with the Chapter where they wish to attend and submit their entry, in advance, for the Chapter’s April meeting.

Members must be present for the entire April meeting to play their song and to vote.

Each member can submit one song.
If you are affiliated with multiple Chapters, you may only submit one song to one Chapter. Multiple entries will immediately
be disqualified.
If a member chooses NOT to play a song- they are still permitted to vote (privately, via StrawPoll) on the songs submitted.
Members cannot vote for their own song.
Non-members cannot vote or submit a song in the competition.
Songs will be played through the first verse & chorus.
If you have less than ten people in attendance and choose to play the songs at full length - that is allowed, but not required.
Coordinator(s) can use their discretion as to the group listening to the full song vs. the first verse & chorus; however, each
song submitted will be played for the same amount of time.
After the last song is played, fellow Chapter members will vote (via StrawPoll) on the song they think should make it to
Round 2 of the Chapter Challenge.

No live performances will be accepted.
Voting must happen at the Chapter meeting -- NO EXCEPTIONS.
The song that receives the most votes from Chapter Members MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59pm (CST) Sunday, April 30th, 2023.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
Songs cannot be co-written with a professional songwriter.
Songs under/pending contract are not eligible for submission.

*In the event of a tie, both songs will be submitted to the Chapter Director and the NSAI team will vote to break the tie and determine the song going to the next round.

Coordinators are there to facilitate the voting process and do not vote on member songs.

Each Coordinator will receive an automatic song submission into the next round as a thank you for their dedication and time as a volunteer Chapter Coordinator.
Coordinators songs are not in competition with member songs as two identical top prizes are offered for both finalists.


NSAI has an appointed committee that will listen to all song submissions from Members who were selected by their Chapter, along with each Coordinator entry.

The committee will choose the top 20 submissions.


Top Finalists

The (One) NSAI Member and (One) NSAI Coordinator whose songs were chosen as the winner, 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
These two finalists will also be honored on NSAI socials, as well as the 2024 NSAI Membership Awards