NSAI Chapter Challenge 2023





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 to participate!


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.)


To find and join a Local Chapter near you, please follow these steps:

  • go to - https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/chapter-search
  • click the name of the Chapter you are interested in
  • That takes you to the Chapters Profile page 
  • You will see the Chapters information, including a teal button (pic for reference below) that says, “Affiliate With Chapter.”
  • Click “Affiliate with Chapter” to join and you’re all set!



Chapter Coordinators will facilitate the Chapter meeting where members will listen to all the songs submitted. Each member can submit one song. After the last song is played, fellow members will vote on the song they think should make it to Round 2 of the Chapter Challenge.


If you are affiliated with multiple Chapters, you may only submit one song to one Chapter. 

Multiple entries will immediately be disqualified. 


Coordinators are there to facilitate the voting process. 

Each Coordinator will receive an automatic song submission into Round 2 as a “thank you” for their dedication and time as a volunteer Chapter Coordinator.


The Member’s song that receives the most votes, will be forwarded to NSAI by April 30th, 2023.

In the event of a tie, those songs will be submitted to the Chapter Director and the NSAI team will vote to break the tie and to determine the song going to Round 2.


Round 2 - NSAI has an appointed committee that will listen to all song submissions from Members who were selected by their Chapter, along with each Coordinator entry. 

The committee will choose the top 20 submissions.





Top Winners

  • The winning NSAI Member and the winning NSAI Coordinator whose songs are chosen will receive:
      • An all-inclusive trip to Nashville including:
        • Roundtrip flight, 2-night hotel stay (exclusions for dates of travel apply)
        • A curated Nashville, Music Row, experience - exclusively customized for each writer, specific to their individual talent, inspirations, and goals 
          • Lunch with NSAI Staff
          • Meet with Performing Rights Organization the winning songwriter(s) is affiliated with 
          • Meet with Publisher that’s in alignment with the songwriter’s style
          • Featured spot for on a local writer’s round “Smokin’ on the Row” at Bobby’s Idle Hour
          • Travel is for two days and two nights (exclusions for dates of travel apply)
            • Must be booked at least two months in advance and scheduled between Monday – Thursday. 
        • The two winners will also be honored on NSAI socials, as well as at the 2024 NSAI Membership Awards


TOP 20

  • The Top 20 will receive: 
      • In depth Song Feedback by Professional Songwriter & NSAI Team
      • Exclusive Online Pitch Event with a Music Row Publisher
      • Recognition on NSAI Socials and website


Entry Rules

  • No live performances will be accepted.
  • Songs cannot be co-written with a professional songwriter.*
  • Songs under/pending contract are not eligible for submission.
  • Members cannot vote for their own song. 
  • Non-members cannot vote or submit a song in the competition. 
  • Voting must happen at the Chapter meeting -- NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.