7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest

Posted by:  Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)

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Calling all songwriters: Grab your pens and get your picks – the CMT/NSAI Song Contest runs August 1 – November 30, 2006!



In its 7th year, the CMT/NSAI Song Contest boasts new, exciting prizes designed to help amateur songwriters on their road to becoming a professional songwriter.



Just a few of the prizes up for grabs this year include. . .

  • A mentoring session with John Rich of Big & Rich!
  • A Single-Song Contract from a MAJOR Music Row Publisher!
  • A $500 gift certificate to Sam Ash Music!
  • A Three-Day Trip to Nashville!
  • A “Star Treatment Prize Package” including a special guest performance at the world-famous Bluebird Café, a limo ride to and from the show by Celebrity Limousines, a cut, color and style from Music Row’s Premier Salon Gordon & Co., an Artist Promo Package from Krista Lee Photography, A Kiehl’s gift box and Personal Consultation, and dinner-for-two at Sunset Grill.
  • A demo of YOUR song by professional producers and musician at Parlor Studio on Music Row!
  • A private tour of the CMT studios!
  • Tickets to the 2007 CMT Music Awards!
  • Prizes from Gibson, SHURE, Masterwriter, Elixir, CMT and more!

The Top 6 Winning Songwriters will each win a single-song publishing contract from a major Music Row publisher. Universal Music, Warner Chappell, Curb, Cal IV, Famous Music and Hearts Bluff Music will each offer single-song contracts to CMT/NSAI Song Contest winners.


The popular CMT Listeners’ Choice Award is also back for a second year. Beginning March 1, 2007, the Top 15 Finalists in the 7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest will be posted at www.nsai.cmt.com. Music fans can go to the site through April 23, 2007, listen to the Finalists’ demos and vote for their favorite song. The song with the most audience votes will be the CMT Listeners’ Choice Award Winner. In its first year, the contest received over 106,000 votes.



Music industry executives, professional songwriters, and NSAI board members judge songs based on lyrics, melody and composition. Performance and production will not be evaluated. Songwriters may enter as many songs as they like! Every entrant will be automatically registered to receive an exclusive celebrity prize pack from Backstage Creations, The Premier Celebrity Product Placement Company. The prize pack contains items from Coby Electronics, Sonic Impact Technologies, Fendi Sunglasses, Tres Vivant, Latino Royalty, Avlon Haircare and more!



All entries must be submitted by the FINAL CONTEST DEADLINE: Nov. 30, 2006. Although the contest is sponsored by CMT, ALL GENRES OF MUSIC ARE ACCEPTED.

The 7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest is presented by CMT and sponsored by the following organizations: Americana Rhythm magazine, Gibson Guitar, DiscMakers, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, Elixir Strings, Masterwriter, Nashville Scene, American Songwriter, Music Connection Magazine, Bluebird Café, Sam Ash Music, Graffiti Indoor Advertising, Sonicbids, SHURE Microphones, Songramp.com, SongU.com, 95.5 The Wolf, Lightning 100, Americana Music Association, FRETS magazine and the 12th Annual Inspirational Country Week with support from Sunset Grill, Kiehl’s, Parlor Studio, Krista Lee Photography, Backstage Creations, Celebrity Limousines, and Gordon & Co.



All proceeds from the 7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest will benefit NSAI's legislative efforts to protect the rights of songwriters. NSAI is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization.

Terms And Conditions

Exhibit B
(Contest Rules)

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Entries must be received by November 30, 2006

1) Each song submitted must be contestants original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Contestant may submit as many songs as he/she wishes; however, each song requires a separate mp3, lyric sheet and entry fee. (Entry fee is non-refundable. The Nashville Songwriters Association International- NSAI - 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 who 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 winners 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 NSAI 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 1, 2007, after which a complete list of
winners will be posted online at www.nashvillesongwriters.com and www.NSAI.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) Contestants 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 contestants agreement to sign such releases.

8) CMT Listeners Choice Award Winner Notification: In regards to CMT Listeners 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 Listeners 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.

9) Mentoring Session with John Rich: Grand Prize Winner will receive a one-hour mentoring session with award-winning songwriter John Rich of Big & Rich. Mentoring session is limited to one hour. Mentoring session is NOT a co-writing session. Mentoring session will take place by December 31, 2007. Date, time and location of mentoring session will be scheduled by John Rich.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

1. Offered one single-song publishing contract by a major publisher for winning song (Warner/Chappell Music, Curb Music, Cal IV Entertainment, Hearts Bluff Music, Universal Music, Famous Music);
2. A one-hour mentoring session with award-winning songwriter, John Rich of Big & Rich;
3. $500.00 gift certificate to Sam Ash Music;
4. A Star Treatment Prize Package including: a special guest performance opportunity at the Bluebird Caf during NSAIs 3rd Annual Songposium Week 2007; Limousine ride to and from the show provided by Celebrity Limousines (Enjoy Star Treatment); Dinner for two at Sunset Grill; An Artist Promo photography session with Krista Lee Photography; A Kiehls large non-gender specific gift box and framed Personal Consultation; Cut, color and style at Gordon & Co., Music Rows Premier Salon;
5. Three-day trip to Nashville for one, including airfare and hotel accommodations (limited to US travel within the 50 continental states and only in cities serviced by American Airlines. In the event that winners legal residence is within 250 miles of Nashville, TN, only hotel accommodations will be awarded);
6. Professional demo - your song recorded and produced at Parlor Studios on Music Row with professional singers, musicians and producers;
7. Your song pitched to music industry execs through our Winners Compilation CD for one year;
8. Invitation to perform your winning song on stage before a live audience at major show in Nashville, TN. (Time and Show TBA 2007 - 2008.);
9. Entrance to the NSAI Songwriter Career Path Program (including one-on-one mentoring session opportunities with award-winning professional songwriters, major publishers and teachers; professional advice on how songwriters can generate income; appointments with music publishers and record label A&R reps; and more);
10. Live broadcast performance with a pro-writer on Channel 5 Words and Music program;
11. 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;
12. Opportunity to have a performance of the winning song played on CMT.com;
13. One GIBSON GUITAR (Model: Gibson CJ-165 Maple);
14. One MasterWriter songwriter software;
15. One-year supply of Elixir Strings;
16. One SHURE KSM27 microphone;
17. One-year SongU.com membership;
18. One-year SongRamp.com pro membership;
19. Free NSAI Songwriters Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102;
20. One-year NSAI membership;
21. One-year subscription to American Songwriter magazine;
22. One-year subscription to Music Connection magazine;
23. Certificate of Achievement.

CMT LISTENERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER RECEIVES:

1. Tickets for (2) to the 2008 CMT Music Awards (Date TBA- April 2008) Airfare, transportation, hotel not included.
2. Private tour of CMT studios in Nashville, TN. Airfare, transportation, hotel not included.
3. Tickets for winner and one guest to one scheduled CMT Television, Internet,
or Radio performance taping (July 2007 - June 2008). Airfare, transportation, hotel not included.
4. CMT Branded Merchandise and Memorabilia package.
5. Offered one single-song publishing contract by a major publisher for winning song.
6. Three-day trip to Nashville for one including airfare and hotel accommodations (limited to US travel within the 50 continental states and only in cities serviced by American Airlines. In the event that winners legal residence is within 250 miles of Nashville, TN, only hotel accommodations will be awarded);
7. $200.00 gift certificate to Sam Ash Music;
8. Your song pitched to music industry execs through our Winners Compilation CD for one year;
9. Professional demo of your song recorded at Parlor Studios;
10. CMT branded Epiphone PR-5e guitar;
11. One MasterWriter songwriter software;
12. One SHURE SM58 microphone;
13. One-year SongRamp.com pro membership;
14. Six-month SongU.com membership;
15. Free NSAI Songwriters Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102;
16. One-year NSAI membership;
17. One-year subscription to American Songwriter magazine;
18. One-year subscription to Music Connection magazine;
19. Certificate of Achievement.

FOUR FINALISTS:
1. Offered one single-song publishing contract by a major publisher for winning song;
2. Professional demo of your song recorded at Parlor Studios;
3. Your song pitched to music industry execs through our Winners Compilation CD
for one year;
4. $100.00 gift certificate to Sam Ash Music;
5. One Epiphone Masterbilt Guitar (DR-500 M);
6. One MasterWriter songwriter software;
7. One SHURE SM58 microphone;
8. One-year SongRamp.com pro membership;
9. Six-month SongU.com membership;
10. Free NSAI Songwriters
Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102;
11. One-year NSAI membership;
12. One-year subscription to American Songwriter magazine;
13. Six-month subscription to Music Connection magazine;
14. Certificate of Achievement.

TEN RUNNERS-UP:

1. One-year SongRamp.com pro membership;
2. Free NSAI Songwriters Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102;
3. One-year NSAI membership;
4. 50% Off Subscription gift certificate to Music Connection magazine;
5. Certificate of Achievement.

FORTY HONORABLE MENTIONS to receive a Certificate of Achievement and a 50% Off subscription certificate to Music Connection Magazine.

ALL ENTRANTS receive a complimentary personalized judging report.

ALL ENTRANTS receive a FREE personalized judging report and are automatically entered to win an exclusive prize package from Backstage Creations, the Premier Celebrity Product Placement Company.

BEST OF BACKSTAGE CREATIONS PRIZE PACK ($1,000 Value):

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