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Published: 7/31/2008

NSAI Song Contest

9th Annual NSAI Song Contest begins August 1st

Unique Contest Set Apart by Relationships, Access, Success. WIN!!! A mentoring session with KENNY ALPHIN  (Big Kenny) and REGIE HAMM.

(Nashville, Tennessee…) –– The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) has again partnered with CMT for the 9th Annual NSAI Song Contest, Presented by CMT, which kicks off Friday, Aug. 1, 2008. From signing an artist development deal with DreamWorks Records to securing a music-publishing staff writer deal, past winners of the NSAI Song Contest understand this is a powerful vehicle to get someone “discovered”.  The contest is designed to find and help develop exceptional songwriters and artists. Aspiring songwriters in any genre are encouraged to send their best songs to be judged by a panel of experts with the hope of scoring mentoring time from the top names in songwriting.

In addition to exciting prizes, the 9th Annual NSAI Song Contest, Presented by CMT, boasts unparalleled career building industry relationships designed to help unsigned songwriters navigate the road to becoming professional hit-makers.

 “Through the years NSAI has found some remarkable songwriters and songwriter-artists through this contest.  Winners and others who have entered the contest have been “discovered” and have seen their dreams fulfilled through the unprecedented music industry access the contest produces.  From those within the industry (songwriters, record labels and music publishing executives) who are part of the judging process, to the exposure the top songs receive after the judging process, past participants have truly jump-started their music careers, “ said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison.

This year's prizes include professional mentoring sessions with Kenny Alphin  (Big Kenny from the duo Big & Rich) and Regie Hamm, 2008 American Idol songwriter.  Other prizes include recording sessions and single-song publishing contracts from major music publishers such as Cal IV Entertainment, Curb Music, Hearts Bluff Music, Melrose Entertainment, Montage Music Group, and Skyline Music Publishing.

Ten Runners-Up, four finalists and a Grand Prize winner will be chosen from among thousands of entries. The CMT Listener’s Choice contest is back again this year, and fans logging ontoww.nsai.cmt.com/">www.nsai.cmt.com can vote for their favorite song from the 15 finalists from January 20, 2009 through February 28, 2009.

Each of the previous NSAI Song Contest Grand Prize winners have achieved significant success including 2002 winner Tracy Naples, who signed a label development deal; Jesse Terry (2003), Zane Williams (2005), and Diana Kelley (2007) who each signed single-song or full publishing deals; and 2006 winner, Charlie Worsham, who signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis as well as receiving a recording contract for his band, Kingbilly. 

All genres of music are accepted, and the entry fee is $35.00 for each song submitted by an NSAI member and $45.00 for non-members. Songwriters may submit as many songs as they would like, but the preceeding fees apply to each song submitted. Entries will be accepted from August 1, 2008 until Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008.  Look for details on submitting songs as well as the complete listing of prizes and official rules & regulations atww.nsai.cmt.com/">www.nsai.cmt.com.  

Proceeds benefit the NSAI Legislative Fund to protect the rights of songwriters.