Advanced Song Camp - 2018


August 3rd-5th , 2018 |  ITINERARY BELOW!



NSAI Member - $525
Non-Member - $625

We want you to make the most out of your time in Nashville! If you attend both Song Camp and Advanced Song Camp this year, you can receive a $100 rebate! Please contact to receive this offer.


Good songs get heard, great songs get cut. NSAI Advanced Song Camp is designed to bring you and your writing to the next level. Features of Advanced Song Camp include: intimate instruction, one-on-one critiques, performance opportunities, and more.

Acceptance is on a rolling admission basis, so applying early increases your chances - THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED AS THE 2018 SONG CAMP IS FULL.

Application Process: NSAI Advanced Song Camp is reserved for aspiring writers who have already achieved a high level of development. Admission to NSAI Advanced Song Camp is by application only and there is an online non-refundable application fee of $25. If you think you’ve got what it takes, process the application fee online and fill out the NSAI Advanced Song Camp application. You will need three (3) mp3s and three (3) accompanying lyric sheets. Additional details regarding requirements and needed materials are available on the application.

Acceptance Status: Upon receiving your online non-refundable application fee and the application in its entirety, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted regarding your acceptance status.

Registration Process: If accepted into NSAI Advanced Song Camp, you will be given a registration link. You will need to secure your spot within a week of receiving the link to confirm your spot. Your $25 application fee will be put towards your NSAI Advanced Song Camp payment.





5:45pm            Pitch to Publisher Workshop at John Seigenthaler Center 




8:00 – 9:00am        Breakfast / Networking

9:00 – 9:15am        Welcome / Announcements

9:15 – 10:15am      Opening Interview: Laura Veltz

10:30 – 12:00pm Jason Blume: Warning - Your Melodies Will Never Be The Same 

There are reasons why some melodies stick in the brain—and others fail to do so. This workshop will teach how you can incorporate the common denominators consistently found in successful melodies into your songs, and how to push the envelope to make your work jump out from the pack. In this class, Jason puts recent hits (in various genres) under the microscope to identify the tools and techniques the writers used to create melodies that are both memorable and unique. He explores the importance of rewriting melodies and shares concrete, easy-to-master tools that will take your melodies to the next level—even if you don’t play an instrument.  

12:15 – 1:15pm      Lunch – Group Co-writing   

1:30 – 2:45pm        Small Group Pitch to Publisher 

3:00 – 4:15pm        Andrew Hill: "Sync-o-path" The Path to a Sync Placement

4:30 – 6:00pm        Camp Mixer & Cocktail Party at The Local Sponsored by First Tennessee Bank

6:00 – 9:00pm        Writers Round at The Local 




8:00 – 8:40am     Breakfast / Networking

8:40 – 8:45am     Announcements

8:45 – 10:15am  Rick Barker: From the Pen to The People - Social Media Marketing 101

10:30 – 12:00pm Jason Blume: Top 10 Lyric Techniques

Learn ten tools that are consistently found in successful lyrics. Learn how to incorporate Action, Imagery, and Detail to craft lyrics that stand out from the pack—and evoke emotion in your listener. 

Topics include: prosody; finding new ways to say the same thing; finding fresh titles and concepts; metaphor and simile; hyperbole; the power of being real; supporting your title; creating a lyric palette; incorporating physical settings and time frames, and much more. 

12:15 – 1:15pm  Lunch - Group Co-writing 

1:30 – 5:45pm    One on One Mentoring Sessions 

1:30 – 2:45pm   David Hodges: Roles in the Writers Room

3:00 – 4:15pm   Bart Herbison Host Panel on Publishing

4:30 – 5:30pm   Annie Tate: All You Need to Know About Co-Writing Chemistry




8:00 – 8:40am        Breakfast / Networking

8:40 – 8:45am        Announcements

8:45 – 10:15am    Rick Barker: From the Pen to The People - Growing Your Fanbase

10:30 – 12:00pm Jason Blume: The Anatomy of a Rewrite

Jason’s career began after he rewrote the same song seventimes—resulting in his first published song, first Billboard Country chart single, and a performance on the Grand Ole Opry. That seventh rewrite led to a staff-writing deal and more than 50 million albums sales. By identifying the lyric and melodic rewrites that resulted in Jason’s biggest successes, this class provides the specific tools attendees need in order to rewrite their own melodies and lyrics to make them the strongest they can be. 

12:15 – 1:15pm      Lunch -  Group Co-writing 

1:30 – 3:30pm        Small Group Song Feedback

3:40 – 5:00pm        Group Co-writing Reveals

5:00 – 6:00pm        Closing Interview with Claude Kelly

*Schedule subject to change without notice


Jason Blume is the author of 6 Steps to Songwriting Success, This Business of Songwriting, and Inside Songwriting (Billboard Books). His songs are on Grammy-nominated albums and have sold more than 50,000,000 copies. He is one of the only songwriters to have singles on Billboard’s Pop, Country, and R&B charts—all at the same time. His songs have been recorded by diverse artists from the Backstreet Boys to the Oak Ridge Boys, country star Collin Raye (6 cuts), the Gipsy Kings, John Berry’s top-10 country single “Change My Mind,” and multiple recordings by Britney Spears. 


Recipient of a Los Angeles area-Emmy Award, Jason’s songs have been included in films and TV shows including “Scrubs,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Assassination Games,” “The Miss America Pageant,” “The Guiding Light,” “Black or White,” Disney’s “Kim Possible,” “First Kid” and countless others. 


Jason has been teaching the acclaimed BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops for 24 years and has presented master classes at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney), the Berklee School of Music, and in more than a dozen countries. For information about his BMI Workshops, online song critique webinars, articles and more, visit





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. 

While those things describe his business life, the titles that he loves the most are the ones that describe his personal life: Christian, Husband, Father and Sober.

Rick’s motto is “Your Past Does Not Define Your Future” and he is living proof of that.




David Hodges is a multi-platinum, Grammy and BMI award winning, Golden Globe nominated songwriter and record producer. He began as one of the founding members of the Little Rock, AR based rock act Evanescence. Their debut album went on to sell over 18 million copies. In the height of the band’s success, he left to focus on songwriting and production. From the haunting piano melodies of Evanescence’s “My Immortal” to Christina Perri’s Twilight end title, “A Thousand Years,” Hodges’ signature sound starts on the piano and can be heard across many songs he’s written. Over the last decade, Hodges has worked with world renowned artists and written several chart-topping singles; including “Because of You” (Kelly Clarkson), “What About Now” (Daughtry), “See You Again” (Carrie Underwood), and “Dear Hate” (Maren Morris feat Vince Gill). Hodges has sold over 65 million records to date. Recently Hodges had the 5 Seconds of Summer single “Jet Black Heart,” a hit album with Blink 182, and is currently working on projects for Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Ben Rector, Jason Mraz, Carrie Underwood, Devin Dawson, Christina Aguilera, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Betty Who, and more.



Alissa Moreno was born on a small Navajo reservation then grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After a music education and a year in Hawaii writing songs, she moved to Los Angeles. As an artist, she began her career performing on Sunday nights at Hotel Cafe, coming up with a crew of budding artists such as Gary JulesJason MrazWazMeikoand many more.  She then co-wrote/co-performed the ABCsitcom Hope and Faiththeme song.  Her song Next Timewas featured in full at the end of LC's San Fran episode of MTV's Laguna Beachand is featured on the Interscope Records release Laguna Beach: Summer Can Last Forever. She co-wrote the Grammy nominated hit Every Dayfor Rascal Flatts, she wrote Stringswith Big Al Andersonfeaturing Vince Gill, and Walking Blindwith The VoiceSeason 1 winner, (Team Adam) Javier Colon,  and two on his previous albumWhenand That's My Little Girl. She wrote the John Oates and The Time Jumperssingle Santa Be Good To Meand the Grammy winningMorgan Heritage's second single Pineapple Wine on the Grammy nominated album Avrakedabra.  She wrote the current single Beautiful Worldfor Russian superstar Alexander KoganThe Yee-Haw Songfor Uncle Si and the Sicotics (Duck Dynasty) and a handful of singles and cuts from around the world including the South African Idol winnerElvis Bluesong Only Wanna Be With You. From her debut album, In Your Wake, her singleFar From Herewas the show ID for theLifetimeseries Army Wives. Her music is featured in television and film with numerous songs licensed to The VineyardThe HillsLaguna Beach, How I Met Your Mother, Guiding Light, Will and Grace, Criminal Minds, commercials such as TideBelkYoung and The Restless Promo, and Central Way Numbers, and many others including the films Daltry Calhoun, Undiscovered, andSlamdance hitMall Cop.  She was the vocal coach to Ben Affleck for his SAG award winning role in Hollywoodland.  Alissa currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, is a SAG performer, and has written with and been recorded by artists such as Colbie Cailat, Rascall Flatts, Sara Evans, Alex Da Kidd, Kina Grannis, StreetRunner, JoJo, Chuck Wicks, Mallary Hope, Kate Voegelle, Javier Colon, Nikola Bedingfield, Corey Chorus, Nila, Lil' Eddie, Fast Ball, Big Al Anderson, Vince Gill, John Oates, Nash Overstreet, Cady Groves and Vertical Horizon. She has two new Country singles slated to come out first quarter of 2018, one in Canada and one in the U.S. She doesn't want to jinx it, but keep your eyes peeled at WalMart for one of your all time favorite reality TV stars' new album! 



Touring Artist , #1 Song Writer , Producer, Recording Artist, Award Winner. These are just a few of the words that describe Brian White. One of Nashville’s most sought after hit makers, White has been on every side of the microphone during his career. White’s songs have been recorded by Christian acts such as Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Kutless, Avalon, Point of Grace, Larnelle Harris, 7th Time Down, Karyn Williams, Jaci Velasquez and many more, earning him Fourteen #1 Songs and 2 Dove Awards. His successes in the Country market have landed him songs recorded by hit makers Jason Aldean , Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Gary Alan, Neal McCoy, The Swon Brothers, Kix Brooks, Charley Pride, Blackhawk, to name a few as well as the Fiveweek #1 Smash, "Watching You" for Rodney Atkins which was named SESAC Country Song of the Year and Billboard Magazines "Most Played Country Song of 2007" as well as being nominated for SONG OF THE YEAR honors at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards. Recently “Watching You” was name the “Most Played Country Song of The Decade” and landed at # 37 in the “Top 100 Country Songs Of All Time”. Brian continues to be a writer whose songs cross the lines that so many tend to draw in todays music. A man of Faith and conviction, White currently lives in Nashville with his wife , Christian Recording artist Karyn Williams and writes and produces for SB21 Music Publishing.




James grew up on a farm in Kentucky and began coming to Nashville as a 10 year old to perform with Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff and many others. Since moving to Nashville, he has written songs for many many diverse artists. Charlie Daniels, Crystal Gayle, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Miley Cyrus, Aaron Neville, Reba McIntyre, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krause, Conway Twitty, The Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill, Lonestar & Wynonna just to name a few. He wrote GOODBYE TIME for Blake Shelton, GRANDPA TOLD ME SO for Kenny Chesney, UNTIL YOU GOT LOVE for Jon McLaughlin, LOVELY FOOL for Jack Savoretti, SWEET KISSES for Jessica Simpson and has had over 150 of his songs recorded by artists all over the world. He has written 7 # 1 songs and his songs have sold over 50 million copies...Recent songs recorded by Sony act Levon, rock band Bishop Gunn and Caeland Garner. He also had a huge hit as an artist himself with a number 1 video in Australia.




Singer-songwriter Jason Duke, grew up listening to The Eagles, James Taylor, John Prine, Dan Fogelberg and Jackson Browne. When his high school athletics career ended, he fell into a group of musicians that changed the course of his life forever. After graduating high school, Jason, a native of Hendersonville, TN, enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University. It took 6 years, a change of major, a bout with cancer, and a rejection from songwriting class, but he earned his B.S. in Recording Industry Management. While in his 20’s, bartending paid the bills as Jason got his feet wet in the music publishing world. His time spent as a plugger and then a creative director exposed him to catalogs being pitched around town. In 2009, Jason had a unique opportunity to volunteer for Musicians on Call 5 days a week for 3 months as his night job, Hard Rock Cafe, closed down for remodeling. It was during this time that Jason made the decision to move into songwriting. Slowly, steadily, and organically, he began to circle up with writers that he wanted to sign as a publisher. An early champion, Michael Martin, placed Jason in the ASCAP GPS program in 2012. Jason’s work ethic and positive attitude are starting to pay big dividends! He landed his first publishing deal with Dan Hodges Music in January 2015, celebrated his first #1 hit with a song called “Dibs” (Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Griffin, Josh Kerr, Jason Duke), and is also celebrating his cut "That Could Still Be Us" on Keith Urban's new album RipCORD.



Born and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas, Jenn Schott was destined to have a career in music. It’s in her genes. Her grandfather was the concert master violinist for the CBS orchestra including the Ed Sullivan show, her father was a university professor of woodwinds, and her mother is a flutist. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Jenn made the move to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter.Since then, her songs have been recorded by artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Lucy Hale, Francesca Battistelli, Jamie Lynn Spears, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Kelleigh Bannen, Restless Road, and Restless Heart. Jenn co-wrote Mickey Guyton’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which was named one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Songs of 2015. She also penned the title track of Tim McGraw’s Grammy nominated album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” which was the namesake of McGraw’s 2013 summer tour. Jenn’s other past radio singles include Restless Heart’s “Feel My Way To You”, Fiona Culley’s, “Act Like A Lady,” Katie Armiger’s “Unseen,” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “A Good Day,” and pop artist Lucy Walsh’s “1882.” In addition to her success in the U.S. country market, Jenn has also had songs released by top-selling artists in Canada and Australia. Jenn is an alumna of Leadership Music and proudly sits on board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.



 Phillip White is a Alabama native that has spent the last 20 plus years writing songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, and Jake Owen are some of the artists that have recorded Phillip's work.

Among these include the 2003 ACM Song of the Year "I'm Movin' On", The Theme song for Reba's self titled hit TV show "I'm A Survivor" and Blake Shelton's "Nobody But Me." Over the past couple decades he's been published by some of music row's most respected publishers including stops at Murrah Music, Disney, Universal, and Sea Gayle Music.  As a performer, White has played some of the most legendary venues in the nation, including the Ryman Auditorium,The Grand Ol Opry House, The Station Inn, The Louisiana Hayride, The Bluebird Cafe, The Disney Theater, and The Florida Theater just to name a few.



Joe Dan, a Nashville native, is currently Creative Manager at Daywind Music Publishing where he serves the staff writers and works within the Southern Gospel, Mainstream Country, and Worship/CCM markets. He has worked in several different facets of the music industry, which range from major market rock and country touring to the Film and TV department at BMI. He also serves as the Worship Pastor at his church. His heart is to serve others and to help guide “creatives” towards their goals and aspirations.







Sarah Lynn Schumacher is an A&R Coordinator at Disney Music Group Publishing Nashville. Her previous music industry background consists of digital marketing, A&R, and in ticketing and marketing coordination for major label tours. She has also acted as a personal assistant to a major label artist, and as a production assistant for one-off events and music festivals. Most recently, she worked as an executive assistant at Dickinson Wright, PLLC, in the Entertainment Sports & Media group. She obtained a Bachelors of Science, Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, and a Masters of Arts, Music Industry Administration degree from California State University, Northridge. She is a member of SOLID and the Country Music Association. Outside of work, Sarah spends her time wandering Tennessee and Oregon all for the sake of Instagram, watching too much Netflix, and writing jokes for Twitter. 









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