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Upcoming Meeting Dates & Locations: Spring 2024

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 8:14am

New Date - 3/23/2024 (10am CST)
Online (via Zoom)
NSAI-Chicago Chapter Meeting | Bob Osgood & Daryl Ziemke presenting

4/13/2024 (12 Noon CST)
NSAI-CHICAGO CHAPTER CHALLENGE SONG CONTEST | "In-Person Only" at Tobias Music - Downers Grove, IL

5/4/2024 (10am CST)
Online (via Zoom)
Very Special Guest | LACY GREEN

6/8 (10am CST)
Online (via Zoom)
Intellectual Property Expert and Attorney | JEFF WILSON presenting on the subject

Remaining 2023 Meeting Dates & Locations

Thursday, November 2, 2023 - 10:45am

11/11/2023 (10am CST):
On-Line (via Zoom)
Chapter Member ChapterChat: Fred LeBaron

UPDATE: 12/9/2023 (11:30am CST)
Hybrid at Tobias Music | Downers Grove, IL

Remaining 2023 Meeting Dates and Locations

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 11:36am

Hybrid at Tobias Music | Downers Grove, IL (11:30am)
Lesson on Chord Progressions for Songwriters

On-Line (via Zoom)
Special Guest:
Kristin Ziemke (Author and International Literacy expert)

Stay tuned for more information coming your way for the rest of the 2023 meetings!

NSAI-CHICAGO CHAPTER CHALLENGE | April 22nd 2023 - 2pm | "In-Person" at Tobias Music - Downers Grove, IL

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 7:31pm

Please note. This will be an "IN-PERSON" meeting. You must attend this meeting in-person to participate in this year’s Chapter Challenge.
This meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Tobias Music, 5013 Fairview Ave. in Downers Grove.
You must also submit your song using NSAI-Chicago's Monthly Submission Form-Chapter Meeting:

Every April the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosts the “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!

Participants must be a current NSAI member and “affiliated” with a Chapter where they wish to attend and submit for the Chapter’s April meeting. (“Affiliated” means you have joined a Local NSAI Chapter and receive information and participate in that Chapter’s activities.)

Coffee and Q&A with Lacy Green | Saturday Morning, March 4th (10am CST)

Sunday, February 5, 2023 - 1:28pm

More about Lacy:
Growing up in the foothills of the North Carolina, Lacy became hooked on music
at 13 after her Dad taught her how to play “Blackbird” on his 1969 Martin D-18. For the
next ten years she honed her performance and songwriting chops at venues across the
country before making her new home in Nashville. Thousands of shows later, she
had signed her first publishing deal, had her music featured in film and on TV, and
recorded by other artists.
In her own right she has performed on some of Nashvilles biggest stages, including
CMA Fest, The Bluebird Cafe and Music City Roots and been featured by Rolling Stone
Country, Radio Disney, YouTube Nashville and Taste of Country. Her EP “Nice
Things” blends the best of tradition and innovation with her thoughtful songwriting and
soulful vocals.
Lacy has also made several trips to Washington, DC with NSAI to advocate for
songwriters, intellectual property and copyright reform.
In addition to her solo efforts, Lacy makes up one third of The Wonderful Nobodies

DEANNA WALKER | "Deep Dive" Interview of Legendary Songwriter; RICK BERESFORD.

Monday, December 19, 2022 - 8:59am

Our Very Special Guests for the January 7th, NSAI-Chicago Chapter Meeting will be Deanna Walker, who will be interviewing Legendary songwriter Rick Beresford!

Deanna is a composer, pianist, songwriter and producer as well as an adjunct instructor of songwriting at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.

Rick is an award-winning songwriter of several number-one classic hits. Rick’s classic country songs were recorded by George Jones, Don Williams, the Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, John Conlee and more. “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me Her Memory Will” was a hit number one song.
Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings were among the Texas cosmic cowboys and they quickly took notice of Rick. Not long after arriving in Austin, Rick began touring across Texas and the southwest opening for Willie and Waylon, and headlining gigs with Townes Van Zandt, Willis Alan Ramsey and Steve Earle.
He also teaches songwriting at Belmont University and is the founder and curriculum director for NSAI’s Song Camp.

For more about Rick:

The NSAI-Phoenix Chapter Welcomes Very Special Guest: Rivers Rutherford! You will not want to miss this Wonderful Event!

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 8:43am

Special Event Invitation from The Phoenix Chapter:

Hey all!! The Phoenix Chapter would like to invite all NSAI members and coordinators to our
November 15, 2022 Zoom meeting. We are pleased to welcome our very special guest,
Rivers Rutherford.
Rivers will join us and talk about his journey into songwriting, his career, and we hope he may
play a song or two. Then we will have a Q&A session, so have your Rivers questions ready.
Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month via Zoom from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
MST. Members attending THIS MEETING should be logged in by 6:00 for a short discussion on
guest speaker etiquette and then Rivers will be joining us at 6:30. Members wishing to attend
should sign up by November 8, 2022.
For info on joining contact coordinators;,,


Sunday, August 7, 2022 - 1:49pm

Tobias Music is a family-owned business that was founded in 1978. Since then, it has earned the reputation as one of the most respected acoustic guitar shops in the Chicago metropolitan area and the nation as well. The store carries a variety of guitars and other stringed instruments, including Taylors, Martins, Santa Cruz and other brands along with a full line of musical accessories. You can learn more about Tobias Music at:


Friday, April 29, 2022 - 12:23pm

• Congratulations to Zadeeg Haroian, whose song “Redo” placed first in last month’s NSAI-Chicago Chapter Challenge. Zadeeg now advances to the next round of competition.

• Kudos also to James Lake for his song “Woman Or The Whiskey,” which came in second.

NSAI-Chicago Member | Fred LeBaron selected to perform at The Analog in Nashville!

Sunday, February 27, 2022 - 5:10pm

Long time NSAI-Chicago member Fred LeBaron was invited by Steve Seskin to perform his song; "The Game" at the Analog in Nashville. He shared the stage along with Steve Seskin, Sinclair, Jamie Floyd and Seth Glier!
To listen to "The Game" click the link below: