Organizational Awards

NSAI President’s Keystone Award:

Given in recognition of significant contributions to the betterment of all songwriters, chosen by the current NSAI President. 

2022: Jon Platt


2019: George Strait

2017: Bart Herbison

2016: Elwyn Raymer
2015: Jeff Carlton



Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award:

Bestowed for a lifetime of songwriting achievement to an Individual whose works have made a significant contribution to the American songbook and who has inspired the careers of others.

2022: Garth Brooks


2019: Loretta Lynn

2018: Bill Anderson


2013: Willie Nelson



White Hat Award: 

Bestowed by the NSAI Board of Directors to an individual who has significantly served the American songwriting community.

2019: U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

2018: Congressman Doug Collins (GA)


Maggie Cavender Award:

Given in recognition of extraordinary service to the songwriting community, voted by the NSAI Board of Directors.

2017: Tim DuBois
2016: Ralph Murphy
2015: Jo Walker-Meador, Layng Martine, Jr. and Billy Block



Stephen Foster Award

Given in recognition of generous support for – and dedication to – songwriters, the music industry and NSAI, chosen by NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison.

2018: Cary Sherman

2017: John A. Hardaway
2016: Andrew Kintz
2015: Liz and Casey Anderson