Evening Pitch with Sarah Hudspeth (Black River Publishing) | In-Person Only

Weekly Nashville Workshops

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 5:45pm


You must be an active NSAI member to participate.  

LOCATION: 1710 Roy Acuff Pl. Nashville, TN 37203

TIME: Doors will open at 5:15pm CT / Event will begin at 5:45pm CT



If you are unable to attend this workshop in person, please note that it will NOT be streamed or re-distributed for later viewing. 



Sarah Hudspeth is originally from Springfield, IL and moved to Nashville in 2019 to attend Belmont University, where she received a BBA in Music Business. She began her career in the industry interning at various companies that ultimately landed her at Black River Entertainment in 2021, where she began as an Intern, then Office Coordinator, and currently holds the position of Publishing Creative Coordinator.  In this role Hudspeth oversees a roster of songwriters, with the creative team, where she fosters the careers of new and existing songwriters.



Black River Publishing is home to many talented songwriters and artists and has received numerous awards and accolades in the twelve years since its inception. These accolades include 30 No. 1 songs, six of which are certified gold, ten certified platinum, five double platinum, three triple platinum, one certified five-times platinum, and two GRAMMY awards; Best Country Song with Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" (2013) and Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song with for KING & COUNTRY's "God Only Knows" (2019). Black River Publishing's roster includes Black River recording artists: Pryor Baird, Josiah Siska, and MaRynn Taylor; Artist-Writers: Hannah Kerr and Bryan Simpson; songwriter/producers: Dan Wilson and Jason Earley; songwriter/producer/artist Blake Ruby; and the GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer/artist Josh Kerr. Additionally, Black River's catalogs include hit-songwriter/Black River recording artist Kelsea Ballerini, artist-writers: Abby Anderson, Josh Wilson, and Anna Vaus; hit songwriters Doug Johnson, Forest Glen Whitehead, Jacob Davis, and GRAMMY-winning songwriter Josh Osborne. Black River Publishing is part of the Black River Entertainment family under the Pegula Sports & Entertainment company portfolio. 

For more information about Black River Publishing, please visit blackriverent.com/publishing and follow them on socials.



You must be an NSAI Member to fully participate in pitch / feedback workshops.

Bring an MP3 version of your song that you can easily play from your phone, along with two lyric sheets for the song you chose. (Cassette tapes will not be accepted.)

*Members are more than welcome to attend and simply observe the event even if they do not want to submit a song for pitch!


We will play the first verse and first chorus of each song and the guest will "pass" or "take a copy".

Up to 50 members can participate and will be played in order of arrival - Members traveling greater than 75 miles or 2 hours from Davidson County will be given priority to participate.*

If you arrive earlier than 5:15pm, please join the line on our covered porch on the Roy Acuff side of building. Once doors open you will sign in and submit your lyrics sheets of the song you chose, to the receptionist for the event.


Members traveling greater than 75 miles or 2 hours from Davidson County are considered "out-of-town". You must be in the Priority Line prior to the time that doors open at 5:15pm. If you arrive after 5:15pm, you will be asked to join the end of the "Nashville/Local Line". At that point, there is no guarantee that you will be able to participate. 


*NSAI does not require you to wear a mask, but we encourage you to do what feels most comfortable.



NSAI non-members are permitted to observe two workshops prior to joining to experience what NSAI is about. If you have attended more than two workshops as a non-member, you will be asked to join NSAI as a member to fully benefit from membership and attend future events. 



Limited parking will be available in the NSAI parking lot. 

Additional parking is available on the street and in neighboring paid lots.