Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar 2019


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Happy Holidays! To celebrate the season, NSAI will be closed beginning December 21st at 2:00PM CT and will re-open January 2nd at 10:00AM CT.

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2019 TPSSS Prices - These prices are discounted for a limited time only


Members $320.00

Non-Members $420.00


NSAI Coordinators $160.00

(For information/access to coordinator pricing, contact Kalee@nashvillesongwriters.com)




We are excited to reveal the first round of industry pros who will participate in the 2018 Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar...you DO NOT want to miss the chance to learn from these incredible folks!  More participants to be announced soon.





With over 30 years of experience as an executive in the music industry, Judy advises creative minds one on one, at retreats, speaking engagements and conferences around the world. Her innovative methodology, shaped by over 30 years experience as a music publisher; 20 years as Senior VP of Creative at Warner Chappell Music, is being adapted into the music curriculums of renowned music institutions in the US and beyond.



Rick Barker is President and CEO of the Music Industry Blueprint in Nashville, TN. He is a manager, entrepreneur, author, and consultant focusing on the recent changes in the music business. By sharing his experience and insider tips, Rick helps his clients understand the music business and fast-track their steps to setting up and monetizing their music. 



After a short stint at Acuff-Rose Music, Tom has spent the last 16 years at EMI/Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He has worked with Rhett Akins, Jamey Johnson, Jon Pardi, Drake White, Thomas Rhett, Jon Langston, Brad Rempel of High Valley, and others. Over his career, Tom has had a hand in 300 major label cuts. He has pitched over 25 #1 songs!




Jimmy Robbins is a Nashville-based songwriter and producer who has penned over 100 cuts in multiple genres. He has earned 11 Top 10 hits including eight #1 songs as a writer and a #1 song as a producer for Canaan Smith’s “Love You Like That.” He also produced RaeLynn’s critically acclaimed album ‘Wildhorse,’ which reached #1 on Billboard. 







Nashville-based Allen Salmon began his career at 17 in a touring rock band signing with an indie record label and has developed into one of Nashville's most dynamic songwriters and producers. Some recent achievements have been placements for his music with Apple, T Mobile, Nike, Bank of America, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and many many others.



Ben Glover is a 2 time Grammy award winning songwriter and producer hailing from Loveland, Colorado, a small city on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. He has penned over thirty-five #1 hits in multiple genres of music and was named ASCAP’s Christian songwriter of the year in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. 



Deric Ruttan is a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based singer/songwriter and a Canadian country music artist.  The writer of multiple #1 country songs, Deric's unique outlook and delivery attracted the attention and praise of songwriters Don Schlitz, Steve Earle, and Steve Bogard.  



Emily Shackelton studied at Berklee College of Music from 2004-2007, where she was awarded grand prize in the coveted John Lennon-BMI Foundation Songwriting Scholarship Competition. Emily currently writes for Liz Rose Music/Warner-Chappell and has had songs cut by Sara Evans, Cassadee Pope, X-Factor winner Tate Stevens, Carly Pearce, and Wynonna Judd. 






From 1983-2007, Rick owned and operated Sweet Spirit Recording Studio in Wheelersburg, Ohio, where he engineered and produced Gospel recordings. During that time, he owned Sweet Spirit Records, Red Hen Records, and Ahmish Records. He operated Rick Schweinsberg Sound Company, as well, installing sound equipment in churches and running sound for Southern Gospel and CCM artists.
In 2007, Rick was hired at New Day Christian Distributors and Salem Communications and relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he works in the recording studios of Daywind Music Group. Rick later assumed the position of A & R Director for Daywind's Christian Country label, Red Hen, and 65/40 Records where he also works as a producer. With his son Micah, Rick has developed and produced Red Hen artists Red Roots, Zach and Rodney, Michael Lee, Bryan Carroll, Ryan Watkins, Kevin Woody, Shelly Burris and others. Rick specializes in "Clean Country" and Gospel/Christian music. 







As General Manager and Partner of THIS Music, Rusty oversees all creative and day to day operations of the publishing company he owns with partners/songwriters Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington. His approach to music publishing is much like an artist/management relationship; he sees it, as imperative to create and manage opportunities/brands for all his songwriters. THiS Music has celebrated more than 45 ASCAP/BMI award winning songs.



After a short stint at Acuff-Rose Music, Tom has spent the last 16 years at EMI/Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He has worked with Rhett Akins, Jamey Johnson, Jon Pardi, Drake White, Thomas Rhett, Jon Langston, Brad Rempel of High Valley, and others. Over his career, Tom has had a hand in 300 major label cuts. He has pitched over 25 #1 songs!





We heard former attendee requests loud and clear and we are excited to announce a few changes to the event aimed to provide a better experience all around!

  1. With hotel costs in mind, we've moved the days of the seminar to Monday and Tuesday instead of starting on the weekend to help lessen expenses. PLUS the timing is more convenient for everyone that will also be attending shows at the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Seminar events will not conflict with the festival.
  2. We are incorporating a few segments where attendees get to make a personal choices on which speaker sessions they want to attend - STAY TUNED for more details on this as 2019's itinerary is revealed!
  3. We have added more opportunities for networking with our new and improved "Mix & Mingle Networking Party". This is your chance to get to know your fellow attendees, swap business cards, set up co-writing appointments, or just hang out for the complimentary food and drink!

Stay up to date on the seminar schedule and details on the amazing speakers/teachers that will be participating in the seminar by checking back periodically!




Previously known as NSAI Spring Training, not only has the event had a name change, but we've changed a few other things as well! Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar (TPSSS) is the perfect event for songwriters of any genre and any skill level to further develop their songwriting skills. Whether you are on your first song or song number 232, you will walk away from the seminar with new knowledge, inspiration, and hopefully quite a few new co-writing friends!  

As NSAI’s longest running event (over 20 years) we are proud to say that this seminar has been the standard by which all other Nashville songwriting seminars are measured. Former Spring Training attendees include hit writers Jon Vezner (Where’ve You Been – Kathy Mattea), Tia Sillers (I Hope You Dance – LeAnne Womack), Barry Dean (Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson, Pontoon – Little Big Town) and Lance Carpenter (Love Me Like You Mean It – Kelsea Ballerini). 



After you complete your registration, you will have the opportunity to submit a song for consideration to play Tin Pan South. All submitted songs will be reviewed by a panel of NSAI staff which will narrow down the Top 24. The selected songs will be placed on a private voting page, accessible only to registered Seminar attendees to cast their votes for the top 12 songs! The top 12 winning songwriters will have the opportunity to play their song on night one of the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival!

**Only enter if you are comfortable performing live. You are required to play the original song submitted to "Best Of", if selected for performance.

**NSAI will not provide accompanist



Millennium Maxwell House

2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37228


  A limited number of rooms will be

  available at the Millennium Maxwell House

  for a discounted attendee rate!



Day 1: March 25th, 2019 

7a - 8:50a Registration & Provided Continental Breakfast

8:50a Opening Announcements

9:00a - 9:40a Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Robbins

9:45a - 11:15p Anchor Teacher: Judy Stakee

11:20p - 12:20p "Let's Talk Publishing" Panel: Tom Luteran (VP A&R Sony/ATV) & Rusty Gaston (General Manager/Partner at THiS Music Publishing)

12:20p - 1:15p Lunch

1:30p - 4:00p Song Feedback Breakout (Attendees Choice! Pre-Registered)

4:15p - 5:15p Speaker: TBA

5:45p "Mix and Mingle" Networking Party


Day 2: March 26th, 2019  

8a - 8:50a Breakfast

8:50a Opening Announcements

9a - 10:30a Anchor Teacher: Judy Stakee

10:45a - 12:15p Breakout Speakers – (Attendees Choice! Pre-Registered)

  • Pro Song Breakdown: TBA
  • Pro Song Breakdown: TBA

12:15p - 1:00p Lunch

1:15p - 2:30p Breakout Speakers – (Attendees Choice! Pre-Registered)

  • So You Want to Be An Artist? - TBA
  • So You Want to Learn How to Market Yourself? - Rick Barker
  • So You Want to Co-write? - TBA

2:45p - 3:45p  Closing Segment: TBA

3:45p - 4p  “Best Of” TPS Songwriting Seminar Top 24 announced - Top 12 takes group picture

9p “Best Of” Tin Pan South Showcase at Commodore Grill

*Itinerary subject to change without notice. Check back for the latest updates!


Guidelines for attendees under the age of 18:

16 – 17: Parent must be present at the event venue during the entire event, but the parent does not have to stay with the child during the actual event and during breakout sessions. If the parent chooses to accompany their child during the event, they will need to pay for a discounted pass to attend. Email whitney@nashvillesongwriters.com to pay for the discounted parent pass. 

15 and under: Parent must accompany child during all times at the event. Parent registration price is half of the attendee’s registration price. Email whitney@nashvillesongwriters.com to pay for the discounted parent pass. 


Cancellation Policy

If the attendee must cancel for any reason, please refer to the below deadlines for reimbursement:

Cancellation more than 30 days before event (cut off is Feb. 23) = 100% full refund, option to apply full dollar amount to future NSAI Event within 1 year.

Cancellation between Mar 2 – March 9 = 50% refund, option to apply full dollar amount to future NSAI Event within 1 year.

Cancellation between March 10 – March 17 = NO REFUND, option to apply full dollar amount to future NSAI Event within 1 year.

Cancellation between March 18 – March 25 = NO REFUND, NO transfer option  

*Refunds based upon total cost of event at time of purchase, and in the case of flex-pay options.

**In the event of cancellation, NSAI members have the option of applying the full dollar amount spent to another 2019 NSAI Event. NSAI must be notified immediately upon cancellation.


Call NSAI at 615-256-3354 or 800-321-6008 or Email: reception@nashvillesongwriters.com