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Published: 8/2/2013

The 2013 NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT Now Open!

Increased Prizes! Prizes Awarded to Top 23 Winners!


Nashville, Tennessee – August 1, 2013 – The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Country Music Television (CMT) are excited to announce theww.nsai.cmt.com/" target="_blank">2013 NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. Connections and the opportunity to develop long lasting relationships with industry professionals are what set the song contest apart from all others.

Charlie Worsham, 2006 Grand Prize Winner and Warner Music Nashville Recording artist, says, “As a contest winner, I was introduced to people in the business whose relationships I still cherish today.”
Andy Timmons, 2011 Grand Prize Winner, expresses “The NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT helped me land several solid relationships with top publishers on Music Row. I’ve been able to open doors that were once not even within my reach.”

Past winners understand this contest is a powerful vehicle to get “discovered” and have found success in multiple areas of the music business, including signing a record deal, an artist development deal, and securing music publishing deals. NSAI is proud to report that Bill DiLuigi, last year’s Grand Prize winner, signed a publishing deal with Rhyme Partners after the contest.

Prizes will be awarded to one (1) Grand Prize Winner, one (1) CMT Listeners’ Choice Award Winner, one (1) Lyric-Only Winner, ten (10) Runners-Up, and ten (10) Honorable Mentions. The Grand Prize Winner, CMT Listeners’ Choice Award Winner, and Lyric-Only winner will all receive a full year of Industry Access and National and Regional Media exposure. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive one-hour mentoring sessions with both singer/songwriter Brett James and singer/songwriter/actor and executive Paul Williams. Prizes include: meetings with professional music publishers, an A&R meeting with one major record label, performance opportunities at the 2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and at The Bluebird Cafe, a three-day trip to Nashville, Tennessee, a one (1) year NSAI membership, and much, much more. All entrants will receive a personalized judging report.

Submissions for the NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT will be accepted from August 1, 2013 until October 31, 2013. All submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2013. The contest is open to all genres. Entries can be submitted via mail to NSAI (printable entry form can be found at nsai.cmt.com) or online at sonicbids.com/NSAICMTSongContest. Entry fees are $35 per song for current NSAI members and $45 per song for non-NSAI members. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish.

For further details, including more information on submitting songs, an official list of prizes, the Rules & Regulations, and updates visit nsai.cmt.com. Updates will also be posted on nashvillesongwriters.com, facebook.com/NSAIofficial, and twitter.com/NSAIofficial.

Sponsors: Special thanks to American Airlines, ASCAP, BMI, The Bluebird Café, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville, Olympus, SESAC, Sonicbids, and We Make Tapes & Discs.

ABOUT The Mentors:
About Brett James: Brett James is an award winning singer/songwriter with cuts from Kenny Chesney (“When The Sun Goes Down”), Carrie Underwood (“Jesus Take The Wheel”), Rascal Flatts (“Love You Out Loud”) and Kelly Clarkson (#1 AC single “Mr. Know It All”) just to name a few.

About Paul Williams: Paul Williams is a singer/songwriter/actor and executive with a long list of hits including songs by Three Dog Night (“An Old Fashioned Love Song”), Helen Reddy’s (“You and Me Against The World”), David Bowie (“Fill Your Heart”) and the Carpenters’ (“We’ve Only Just Begun”).  He’s also composed countless songs for film (The Muppet Movie “Rainbow Connection”) and TV shows.

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 5,000 spans the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. For 46 years, NSAI has been dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 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.

For more information contact:
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
615-256-3354 or 800-321-6008