Organizational Awards


Given in recognition of significant contributions to the betterment of all songwriters, chosen by the current NSAI President. 


2022: Jon Platt

2019: George Strait

2017:Bart Herbison

2016: Elwyn Raymer

2015: Jeff Carlton

2014: Merlin Littlefield

2013: Del Bryant

2012: Pat Higdon

2011: Jim Foglesong

2009: Neil Portnow

2008: Woody Bomar

2007: Denise M. Stevens

2006: Brian Williams

2005: Randall Himes

2004: J. Fred Knobloch

2003: Walter Barton Herbison

2002: Frances W. Preston

2000: Roger Murrah

1999: Thomas Jackson "Jock" Weaver

1998: Pat Alger

1997: Randy Goodrum

1996: Dennis Lord

1995: Harlan Howard

1994: Terry Choate

1993: Peter McCann

1992: Lewis Anderson

1991: Pat Huber (Rogers)



Bestowed for a lifetime of songwriting achievement to an Individual whose works have made a significant contribution to the American songbook and who has inspired the careers of others.


2022: Garth Brooks

2019: Loretta Lynn

2018: Bill Anderson

2013: Willie Nelson



Bestowed by the NSAI Board of Directors to an individual who has significantly served the American songwriting community.


2023: David Israelite (President & CEO, NMPA)

2023: U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)

2019: U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

2018: U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)

2013: U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

2006: U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis (R-KY)

2006: U.S. Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA)

2004: U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

2002: U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN)

2001: Dene Anton

1999: U.S. Senator Douglas Henry (D-TN)

1998: U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

1998: U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA)

1998: Governor Don Sundquist (R-TN)

1995: Bill Lynch

1993: U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

1992: U.S. Rep. Bob Clement (D-TN) 




Given in recognition of extraordinary service to the songwriting community, voted by the NSAI Board of Directors.


2017: Tim DuBois

2016: Ralph Murphy

2015: Jo Walker-Meader, Layng Martine Jr., Billy Block


Champion AWARD

Given in recognition of generous support for – and dedication to – songwriters, the music industry and NSAI, chosen by NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison.


2023: Butch Spyridon

2020: Jody Williams

2020: Whit Adamson

2018: Cary Sherman

2017: John A. Hardaway

2016: Andrew Kentz

2015: Liz and Casey Anderson

2014: Mervin Louque

2013: Mark Ford

2012: Lisa Harless

2010: Aubrey Preston

2009: Phil Goldberg

2008: Gary Smith

2007: Connie Bradley

2006: Harry Chapman

2005: Harold Shedd

2004: Marijohn Wilkin

2003: Eddie Miller

2002: Butch Spyridon

2000: Charles Sussman & Victoria Fister

1999: Terry Crowe

1998: Mike Dye

1994: U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr.

1992: Paul Milosevich

1991: Thomas B. O'Grady