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Published: 10/11/2011

NSAI Song Contest: Enter Now!


Grand Prize includes mentoring session with Grammy-winning recording artist Charlie Daniels

Nashville, Tennessee – With time running out on the Halloween deadline, October 31, 2011, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is encouraging songwriters to submit their best tunes to the NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. The contest boasts unparalleled career-building industry relationships designed to help unsigned songwriters navigate the road to becoming professional hitmakers. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an exclusive mentoring session with songwriter/musician/industry icon Charlie Daniels!
In addition to One Grand Prize Winner, one CMT Listeners' Choice Winner, and one Lyric-Only winner, prizes will include a single-song professional demo, tickets to the 2012 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, a private tour of CMT studios, a performance at The Bluebird Café, meetings with major music publishers and a one-year membership to NSAI, just to name a few. Take advantage of this opportunity to launch a songwriting career. For more information, visit nsai.cmt.com.

Nashville pro writers, publishers and industry professionals will narrow down the finalists over three rounds of judging and select the Grand Prize Winner, Lyric only winner, 10 Runners-Up and 10 Honorable Mentions before the Top 10 (excluding the Grand Prize Winner) are posted on nsai.cmt.com. Fans can vote online for their favorite song starting February 1 through February 28, 2012. The CMT Listeners’ Choice Winner will be chosen immediately following the online voting.

Among the previous Grand Prize winners are Tracy Naples (2002 - label development deal with DreamWorks), Jesse Terry (2003 - publishing deal with MASville Music), Zane Williams (2005 - publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music), Charlie Worsham (2006 - his band, KingBilly, is signed to a publishing/recording deal with Chrysalis Music) and Diana Kelley (2007 - her winning song was signed to Wood Newton Music).  Our 2010 winner, Doug Lowe, has songs on hold with established artists. This could be your year!
All genres of music are encouraged. The entry fees are $35.00 (Current NSAI Members) and $45.00 (Non Members) per song submitted.
About  Charlie Daniels:  Charlie Daniels, known for his fiddle playing, is a Grammy award winning music icon that has been performing and writing songs for over 50 years.  His style is an exhilarating mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel. Let ‘Em Win or Bring ‘Em Home, is the newest song penned by the legendary Daniels.  As a proud American,  Charlie released this special patriotic track through Hopesong Digital/GMV Nashville and is available at ww.charliedaniels.com">www.charliedaniels.com.  The song is receiving standing ovations when played live. The CDB's  current cd release Land That I Love, is a Patriotic compilation that includes two new cuts (Iraq Blues and What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks 2010).

About NSAI: The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters’ trade organization. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 6,000 spans the United States and seven international countries. For more than 40 years, NSAI has been dedicated to serving and protecting the rights of aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com.
About CMT:  CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 90 million homes in the U.S.  CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand.  The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD. 
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