6th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest

Posted by:  Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)

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Summary

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The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced the launch of the 6th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest. This is the only song contest that provides an avenue for emerging songwriters which opens doors to industry contacts, gets their songs pitched to record labels and top publishing executives and offers them the chance to receive a single song contract.



This year, the CMT/NSAI Song Contest is giving songwriters a 2nd chance to win big with the addition of the CMT Listeners' Choice Award. The winner of this award will be chosen by music fans via online voting at CMT.com.



Winning the CMT/NSAI Song Contest isn’t just about the great prizes. Winners of previous years’ competitions have been launched from amateur status to professional, garnering full-time careers as songwriters and artists. For example, 2003 Grand Prize Winner Jesse Terry was offered a publishing deal as a staff songwriter in Nashville. “By offering the top six winning songs single-song contracts with a major publisher, we don’t just get an amateur songwriter’s foot in the door—we rip the door off its hinges and create an opportunity for the aspiring songwriter to build relationships with top-notch songwriters, publishers and music industry executives that would normally take years to establish,” says Bart Herbison, executive director of NSAI.



Along with the single-song contract offer, the Grand Prize Winner and CMT Listeners' Choice Award Winner will also receive entrance into the NSAI Songwriter Protégé program, which includes one full year of mentoring, educational sessions and career path development with members of the NSAI staff; a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions with award-winning professional songwriters, major publishers and teachers; a full course on how a songwriter can generate income; and appointments with music publishers and record label A&R representatives. These two top winners along with four finalists will also win a single-song contract and prizes from Gibson, SHURE, Masterwriter, SongRamp.com and more. Industry contacts, single-song contract offers, professional demo production, individual judging reports, and personal service set the CMT/NSAI Song Contest apart from all other song contests. Winners will be announced by May 1, 2006, after which a complete list of winners will be posted on the NSAI website.

Terms And Conditions

Entries must be received by November 30, 2005

1) Each song submitted must be contestant's original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Contestant may submit as many songs as he/she wishes; however, the maximum number of songs per each entry is two (2). Each song requires a separate CD or cassette and lyric sheet. (Entry fee is non-refundable. The Nashville Songwriters Association International - N.S.A.I. - is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, misappropriated, postage due, or stolen entries.)

2) Division of prizes among co-writers is the responsibility of winners; prizes will be awarded to name on entry form. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

3) Contest is open to amateur songwriters only. Writers that derive the majority of their income from songwriting or have ever had a staff writing deal with a publishing company may not enter. No songs under a professional contract may be entered. Employees of NSAI, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible.

4) A Judging Committee comprised of music industry professionals, award-winning songwriters, NSAI Pro Songwriters, and NSAI Board Members will select winners. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition and lyrics. The quality of performance and production will not be considered.

5) Winners will be notified by mail and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 14 days of notification date. The affidavit will state that winner's song is original work and he/she holds all rights to the song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits of winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits subject to verification by N.S.A.I. and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winners' names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

6) Winners will be announced by May 1st, 2006, after which a complete list of winners will be posted online at www.nashvillesongwriters.com and cmt.com. If you wish to receive a list of winners by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your entry. CDs, cassettes and lyric sheets will not be returned. Please do not call NSAI to check on the status of your song.

7) Contestant's submission of an entry into the contest constitutes his/her agreement to release, indemnify and hold harmless NSAI and its agents and MTV Networks from and against any claim, including, without limitation, of copyright infringement or other misappropriation, arising from any acts or omissions in connection with the contest or its operation. All Contestants must sign (i) an affidavit of eligibility and release of MTV Networks, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Viacom International Inc., CMT, and CMT.com and from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action for personal injury and/or damage, theft, or loss suffered in connection with this promotion or the use or acceptance of the prize or any portion thereof to be eligible for the prizes; and (ii) except where prohibited, a promotional release granting the right to use his or her name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes by CMT, and on CMT.com without additional compensation. Entry into this Contest constitutes Contestant's agreement to sign such releases.

8) CMT Listener's Choice Award Winner Notification: In regards to CMT Listener's Choice Award prizes, winner will be contacted by phone regarding CMT provided prizes and will have 72 hours to answer the phone or may be disqualified from receiving certain prizes. CMT will make reasonable attempts to make phone contact. (No voicemail messages will be left. No emails will be sent.) If a person selected as the CMT Listener's Choice Award prize winner does not answer the phone during the 72-hour period, or otherwise fails to claim the prize or qualify for the prize as set forth in these rules, the winner forfeits prizes.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Awarded one single-song publishing contract by a major publisher for winning song. (To Be Confirmed are BMG, SONY, EMI, CURB, Cal IV, and Warner Chappell)
Entrance into the NSAI Songwriter Protg Program (1 full year of mentoring sessions that include career path development, a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions with award-winning professional songwriters, major publishers and teachers, a full course on how a songwriter can generate income, appointments with music publishers and record label A&R representatives, etc)
Your song pitched to music industry execs through our Winners Compilation CD for one year.
Three-day trip to Nashville including airfare and hotel accommodations (limited to US travel within the 50 continental states and only in cities serviced by American Airlines).
Invitation to perform your winning song on stage before a live audience at major show in Nashville, TN. Time and Show TBA 2006.
Performance at the Bluebird Caf during NSAI's Tin Pan South Songwriter's Festival or alternative NSAI Legislative show.
Live broadcast performance with a pro-writer on Channel 5 "Words and Music" program.
A story distributed to the CMT Radio Network, as well as a possible interview and recording of the winning song being made available to stations in the CMT Radio Network.
Opportunity to have a performance of the winning song played on CMT.com.
Professional demo - your song recorded and produced on Music Row with professional singers, musicians and producers.
One GIBSON GUITAR (Model: Traveling Songwriter Guitar)
One MasterWriter songwriter software.
One-year supply of Elixir Strings.
One Fostex VF80Ex equipment station
One SHURE KSM27 microphone
One-year SongU.com membership
One-year SongRamp.com pro membership.
Free NSAI Songwriters Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102.
One-year NSAI membership.
Certificate of Achievement.
CMT LISTENER'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER RECEIVES:
Tickets for (2) to the 2007 CMT Music Awards (Date TBA- April 2007) Airfare, transportation, hotel not included.
Private tour of CMT studios in Nashville, TN. Airfare, transportation, hotel not included.
Tickets for winner and one guest to one scheduled CMT Television, Internet, or Radio performance taping. July 2006 - June 2007. Airfare, transportation, hotel not included.
CMT Branded Merchandise and Memorabilia package.
Awarded one single-song publishing contract by a major publisher for winning song. (To Be confirmed are BMG, SONY, EMI, CURB, Cal IV, and Warner Chappell)
Three-day trip to Nashville for one (1) including airfare and hotel accommodations (limited to US travel within the 50 continental states and only in cities serviced by American Airlines).
Entrance into the NSAI Songwriter Protg Program (1 full year of mentoring sessions that include career path development, a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions with award-winning professional songwriters, major publishers and teachers, a full course on how a songwriter can generate income, appointments with music publishers and record label A&R representatives, etc)
Your song pitched to music industry execs through our Winners Compilation CD for one year.
Professional demo - your song recorded and produced on Music Row with professional singers and producers.
One Epiphone DR-200 CE Guitar
One MasterWriter songwriter software.
One SHURE SM58 microphone
One-year SongRamp.com pro membership.
Six-month SongU.com membership
Free NSAI Songwriters Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102.
One-year NSAI membership.
Certificate of Achievement.
FOUR FINALISTS:
Awarded one single-song publishing contract by a major publisher for winning song. (To Be confirmed are BMG, SONY, EMI, CURB, Cal IV, and Warner Chappell)
Professional demo - your song recorded and produced on Music Row with professional singers and producers.
Your song pitched to music industry execs through our Winners Compilation CD for one year.
One Epiphone DR-200 CE Guitar
One MasterWriter songwriter software.
One SHURE SM58 microphone
One-year SongRamp.com pro membership.
Six-month SongU.com membership
Free NSAI Songwriters Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102.
One-year NSAI membership.
Certificate of Achievement.
TEN RUNNERS-UP:
One-year SongRamp.com pro membership.
Free NSAI Songwriters Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102.
One-year NSAI membership.
Certificate of Achievement.
FORTY HONORABLE MENTIONS to receive a Certificate of Achievement.

ALL ENTRANTS receive a free self-paced SongU.com course ($39.95 value).