NSAI Chapter Challenge 2024



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Starting April 1st through May 31st, 2024 the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) will kick off the annual “NSAI Chapter Challenge.”  

NSAI members in Local Chapters across the globe have an opportunity to submit 1 (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 or May 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!


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Chapter Coordinators will facilitate the Chapter meeting where members will listen to all the songs submitted. Each member can submit 1 (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 host the meeting and 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 11:59pm (CST), May 31st, 2024.

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

The committee will then vote and select the top 20 submissions.


  • No live performances will be accepted.
  • Songs cannot be co-written with a professional songwriter.
  • Songs under/pending contract are not eligible for submission.
  • Song submission must be the original work of the Songwriter without use of any artificial intelligence, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, or be otherwise contrary to applicable laws and regulations.
  • Members cannot vote for their own song submission.
  • Non-members cannot vote or submit a song in the competition
  • Voting must happen at the Chapter meeting -- NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • The song that receives the most votes from Chapter Members MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59pm (CST) Friday, May 31st, 2024. 
  • Late submissions will not be accepted. 

* Top Finalists Prize Package:

The winning NSAI Member and the winning NSAI Coordinator whose songs are chosen will each receive:

    • One (1) Roundtrip flight on Southwest Airlines, Official Airline Partner of NSAI 
      • Two (2) night hotel stay at NSAI Partner hotel in Nashville (exclusions for dates of travel apply)
        • Must be booked two (2) months in advance.
      • Excluding predetermined blackout dates and upon availability. Limited to travel only in cities serviced by Southwest Airlines.
      • Winners will receive flight vouchers and instructions to book their own flights. Flight vouchers expire on May 1, 2025. 

Hotel accommodations cannot be scheduled during the months of March or September

    • A curated Nashville, Music Row experience - exclusively customized for each winning writer, specific to their individual talent, inspirations, and goals.
      • Lunch with NSAI Staff
      • Meet with PRO writer is affiliated with.
      • Meet with Publisher that’s in alignment with the writer’s unique style.
      • Travel is for two days and two nights (exclusions for dates of travel apply)
        • Must be booked at least two months in advance.
        • Scheduled between Monday – Thursday.

* TOP 20 Chapter Challenge Prize Package:

      • In depth Song Feedback by Pro Writer & NSAI Team
      • Exclusive Online Pitch with a Music Row Publisher
      • Recognition on NSAI Socials
      • Top 20 playlist featured on NSAI website.