JULY 14-16, 2017 | VIEW THE 2017 ITINERARY
NSAI Member - $425
Non-Member - $525
RECEIVE $100 OFF WHEN YOU ATTEND BOTH CAMPS THIS SUMMER
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 NSAI to receive this offer.
ABOUT SONG CAMP
Everyone is welcome at NSAI Song Camp! Whether you write country or pop, rock or rap, christian or folk – even if you just write lyrics. If you are the next Justin Timberlake or Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift or Adele, Song Camp is for you! Song Camp is the place for new friends, new co-writers, and new outlooks on every aspect of songwriting to enhance your craft. Features of Song Camp include: lectures, pro song breakdowns, group critique sessions and a performance opportunity at The Country Nashville!
We recommend attending NSAI Song Camp before applying to NSAI Advanced Song Camp.
GUIDELINES FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 18
Attendees ages 15 and under MUST have a parent accompany them during all times at the event. Parent registration price is half of the attendee’s registration price. Please call NSAI to process the parent payment.
PLAY THE COUNTRY AND COMMODORE GRILLE
Here at NSAI we believe that performing regularly is valuable to getting your songs heard! This July, we’ve teamed up with The Country Nashville and The Commodore Grille to showcase some of our Song Camp and Advanced Camp Attendees! A link for the Writers Round registrations will be sent to attendees in early July to register to play. We will then RANDOMLY select 28 people to play The Country and 28 people to play The Commodore Grille. We wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to play and we felt this accomplished that.
2017 GUEST SPEAKER LINEUP (MORE ANNOUNCED SOON)
LUKE LAIRD | SONG CAMP OPENER
Ferocious talent, wit, and sincere humility rarely come together like they do in Grammy winner Luke Laird. Since moving to Nashville from a small farming town in Pennsylvania, Laird has become one of country and pop’s top songwriters and producers. The numbers are staggering: 45 radio singles –– 23 of which were Billboard No. 1 hits and 4 of which were in the Top 5 –– 2 Billboard No. 1 singles as a producer, and more than 100 album cuts fill his catalog. In three separate years, every single released that Laird wrote peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. He earned ACM Songwriter of the Year honors in 2015, and was named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2012.
STEVE SESKIN | WRITING TECHNIQUES
Steve Seskin is one of the most successful writers in Nashville today, with a boatload of songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Collin Raye, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Mark Wills, and Peter Paul and Mary. His song "Don't Laugh At Me" was a finalist for CMA "Song of the Year" in 1999, and has spurred an entire tolerance movement, launched by the Don't Laugh at Me Project. Other Seskin hits include: "I Think About You," "Life's A Dance," "No Doubt About It," "If You've Got Love" and "Grown Men Don't Cry."
CLIFF GOLDMACHER | MUSIC BUSINESS
LAUREN SUMMERFORD | HOW TO MARKET YOURSELF
27digital founder, Lauren Summerford, moved to Nashville in 2007 with her sights set on making her mark in the music industry. While completing her studies at Belmont University, she began her nearly-eight year journey at Warner Music Nashville. As a core member of the Interactive & Consumer Marketing Team, Lauren led the charge on digital marketing initiatives for a diverse roster of Christian and Country acts. Lauren then decided it was time to apply her diverse experience and digital expertise to a broader variety of clients and brands. Thus, her new venture, 27digital, was born.
TIM HUNZE | PUBLISHING 101
Upon graduation from Middle Tennessee State University and armed with a degree in Recording Industry Management, Tim started his own record label, Rhythm and Grooves Records. The label had strong initial success with a hit video on BET and a charted single on Billboard charts. Ultimately, Hunze sold his interest in the company. In 1993 Tim then took at job as archive manger at Great Cumberland Music Group (later renamed to Hamstein Music). After a year as archive manager, Tim garnered his first cut with Giant Records artist, Clay Walker. This cut turn into Tim’s first single that peaked at # 14 on Billboard’s country music chart. Hunze was promoted to creative director in 1995 and procured cuts with artist such as Tim McGraw, George Strait, Diamond Rio, John Michael Montgomery, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney. In 2000, Hamstein sold to Mosaic Music group and then in 2005 sold to Stage Three Music Group. Tim was appointed the General Manger. Under Hunze’s tenure, Stage Three Music Group had over 15 #1’s including Jason Aldean’s “The Truth”, Sugarland’s’ “Want To”, “Already Gone”, and “It Happens”, Carrie Underwood’s, “Cowboy Casanova” and Kenny Chesney’s “Out Last Night”. Stage Three Writer, Bobby Pinson won 2009 BMI Song Writer of The Year award and writer Brett James won 2010 ASCAP writer of the year. In July of 2010, Stage Three Music was sold to BMG Rights Management. In July of 2011, Hunze started Parallel Music Publishing, a partnership with JP Williams. In their four short years they’ve have five number one records: “Better Dig Two”, “Mama’s Broken Heart”, “Til My Last Day”, “Love Me Like Me You Mean It”, and “Kiss You In The Morning”. Parallel’s current roster: Alex Hall, Blake Chaffin, Jennifer Schott, Jesse Lee, Lance Carpenter, Michael Lotten and Michael White.
DAVE ISAACS | TRANSLATING MELODY
CLAUDE KELLY & CHUCK HARMONY | SONG CAMP CLOSERS
2017 GUEST BREAKOUT MENTORS
Nashville recording artist and professional songwriter Lance Carpenter pens hits of contemporary country radio, while still staying true to his traditional background. Lance recently celebrated his first #1 by co-writing Kelsea Ballerini's history making song "Love Me Like You Mean It." He says, “The more success I have in this business the more significant I can be in the lives of others.” He released his debut self titled debut album “Lance Carpenter” in 2013 and has performed with Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band and more. Lance currently writes for Parallel Music Publishing and plans to continue writing music that inspires, memorializes and captures his own zest for life.
This Illinois native and 25 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chicago, among others. He has won 10 ASCAP awards including both Country and Pop Song of the Year for his #1, "When She Cries"... As an artist, he has recorded for Warner Bros., BNA and Curb Records... He has served on the Board of NSAI; has worked as a mentor in the MTSU music business program and is on the NARAS educational committee. He co-wrote the title track and Billy Currington #1 single, “We Are Tonight” and more recently, the title track of Ashley Monroe's Grammy nominated record, "The Blade", Blake Shelton's "She's Got a Way With Words" and Josh Turner’s #1, "Hometown Girl".
Corey Crowder is a singer/songwriter/producer based in Nashville, TN. Corey first reached national attention with songs on hit television shows such as One Tree Hill, The Biggest Loser, MTV’s The Real World, Bad Girls, and more. In 2010 he signed a developmental deal with Sony Records and spent the next couple years touring the country with artists such as Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Casey James, and LeAnn Rimes. Crowder signed his first publishing deal as a staff writer with Universal Music Publishing Group in 2010, landing him his first major label cuts with artists such as Chris Young, Eric Paslay, A Thousand Horses, David Nail, Justin Moore, The Cadillac Three, Jon Pardi, James Otto, Jamie Lynn Spears, Kenny Rogers, and more. Corey has also produced albums for Chris Young, Jamie Lynn Spears, James Otto, and Jess Moskaluke. Corey continues to have success with film/TV placements with shows like ABC’s Nashville, as well as writing the theme song for CMT’s new hit show Gainesville. Corey is currently a staff writer at Liz Rose Music Publishing in Nashville.
Phillip White 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, Bonnie Tyler, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Tanya Tucker, Jake Owen, and Neal McCoy are some of the artists that have recorded Phillip's work. An Alabama native, White moved to Nashville in 1992 and notched his first breakthrough hit in 2000, when White co-wrote “I'm Movin' On” with D. Vincent Williams, which appeared on Rascal Flatt’s debut album. The song became a No. 1 hit and was named Song of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. In 2003, White co-wrote the Reba McEntire hit “I’m A Survivor” which also became the theme song for Reba’s self-titled hit TV show. White’s impressive list of co-writes include such hits as Neil McCoy’s “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On”; Blake Shelton’s “Nobody But Me”; Scotty McCreery’s “The Trouble With Girls”; Darius Rucker’s “Lost In You” (co-written with Rucker and Mark Nesler); and, as featured on the Act of Valor soundtrack, “The Best I Can” co-written and performed by Jake Owen and “Whatever Brings You Back” co-written by Ronnie Bowman and performed by Wynonna Judd.
Growing up in Forsyth, Georgia, Justin Weaver played in bands throughout high school and toured most of the southeast playing with Jason Aldean as a teenager. He stopped touring for a few years to go to college, graduating from Gordon College with an AS in Business and then graduating Cum Laude from Georgia College & State University with a BA in Business Administration. Weaver moved to Nashville in the summer of 2002 and signed his first publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing in 2003. He has had cuts by Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Brantley Gilbert, Meghan Trainor, Meatloaf, Chris Cagle, Kristy Lee Cook, Dustin Lynch, Greg Bates, Eli Young Band and many others. Top 20 singles include “Get Off On The Pain,” recorded by Gary Allan and “Got My Country On,” recorded by Chris Cagle. He has also had hits in Canada and Australia. Justin hit the top of the charts with Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” and Meghan Trainor’s duet with John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”.
PAST FACULTY & GUESTS
Jason Blume ("Dear Diary" - Britney Spears)
Brent Baxter ("Monday Morning Church" - Alan Jackson)
Nicolle Galyon ("Automatic" - Miranda Lambert)
Liz Hengber ("Forever Love" - Reba McEntire)
Steve Leslie ("That's The Truth" - George Strait)
Tony Arata ("The Dance"- Garth Brooks)
Don Henry ("All Kinds of Kinds"- Miranda Lambert)
Lance Carpenter ("Love Me Like You Mean It"- Kelsea Ballerini)
Odie Blackmon ("Nothing On But The Radio"- Gary Allen)
Danny Wells ("These Days" - Rascal Flatts)
Rick Beresford ("If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me" - George Jones)
Justin Weaver ("Bottoms Up" - Brantley Gilbert)
James Dean Hicks ("Goodbye Time"- Conway Twitty)
*Staying at Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt is not a requirement for attendance.
Deadline to book under the discounted rate is June 13.
Parking: Hotel guest $20 plus tax daily, $24 plus tax to valet
Call NSAI at 615-256-3354 or 800-321-6008