For 47 years, the Nashville Songwriters Association International has been dedicated to protecting the rights of aspiring and professional songwriters. This year marks the 15th annual NSAI Song Contest, presented by CMT. With a grand prize including a one-year, single-song contract with Little Louder Music, two tickets to the 2015 CMT Awards, and a mentoring session with former NSAI winner and recording artist Charlie Worsham (currently signed to Warner Music Nashville), Sonicbids artists are welcome to enter whether they're members of the NSAI or not. Shannon Gursky, NSAI's director of marketing and events, gave us some insight on this year's competition and advice for artists interested in applying.
What kind of songwriters can enter the contest?
NSAI may be based in Nashville, but we serve writers in all genres – which means the contest is open to all genres. In fact, many of our recent grand prize-winning songs have been in genres outside of country, including pop, contemporary Christian, rock, and singer/songwriter. All songs are judged based upon the same 10-point scale, regardless of genre.