Comments from Bart Herbison Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International, in response to the decision regarding “PRO Licensing of Jointly Owned Works” by the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division

3 Key Steps to Defining Originality
Contributed by Hannah Wilson, Big Loud Shirt

Whether your goal is to get noticed by a publisher, find an artist to record your song or pursue an artist career yourself, there are many things to consider. One of the most important, however, is originality

The United States Department of Justice today, according to published reports, denied every request from American songwriters to ease restrictions found in the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, World War II-era restrictions imposed by the federal government on the two largest American performing rights societies (PRO’s).

“Oh look, there is another advertisement about NSAI Song Camps. What is all the fuss about?” I am sure this is a pretty common question many of you ask yourselves... Let me briefly attempt to explain why NSAI Song Camp and Advanced Song Camp are worth every. penny. 

With Advanced Song Camp almost a month away, we'd like to congratulate those whose applications were accepted! We'd look forward to seeing you all this summer!

May 1- May 31 “Recommended” Songs Considered for P2P Luncheon
Congratulations to the writers below who had songs recommended between May 1st and May 31st for consideration for our Publisher Luncheon. These were submitted to the Song Evaluation Service and were recommended by the NSAI Evaluators who reviewed them.NSAI staffers will review all songs recommended between May 1st and August 31st and will choose up to 15 for the October 2016 Publisher Luncheon. 

NSAI Staff members-Bart, Trina and Leah, along with Chelsea Kent (Still Working Music), Doug Johnson (songwriter and VP of A&R at Black River Records) and Lisa Johnson (Sweet Renegade Music) traveled from Nashville to Wisconsin this past weekend for our Milwaukee Workshop that featured two lessons and a publisher feedback panel.  Doug and Bart both taught invaluable lessons and provided insight regarding craft, today’s market and how to stand out amongst the crowd.

"I don’t know why a new writer wouldn’t do Song Camp. It was my first step into the Nashville community. You learn from incredible pro writers, you meet other people on the same journey, and you get real feedback on what you’re doing. It serves as an orientation toward life as a writer. Honestly, it's such a rare opportunity to have this many pro’s available to speak, teach, and give feedback so freely. It jumpstarted my writing. I was from out of town and it really provided a glimpse into my future that couldn’t have happened any other way.

We're excited to announce our first video series, NSAI Presents: Coffee Break, LIVE on Facebook and Periscope, June 15th at 11:30AM CT. We'll be talking with Jeff Cohen about his experience as a songwriter for music, film/TV and producing artists in multiple genres. We will finish out with a Q&A with the audience, so be sure to tune in and comment with any questions you have for Jeff! Follow NSAI on Facebook and Periscope (@NSAIOfficial).

The Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosted their seventeenth annual up-close and personal songwriters’ event, May 26 – 28, at various venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). They had performances over 50 talented songwriters, sharing their stories behind the songs. Headliners include; Benita Hill , Gil Grand, Amy Sky, Marie Bottrell, Jamie Warren, Steve Wilkinson (of The Wilkinsons) and Small Town Pistols (also of The Wilkinsons).