CMT Contests

 

Beginning Feb. 1, 2014, the Top 10 finalists (excluding the Grand Prize Winner) in the NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT will be posted at nsai.cmt.com.. Through Feb. 28, 2014, 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.

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Performing rights organization BMI represents more than 300,000 songwriters and publishers in all genres of music through its repertoire of approximately 4.5 million musical works from around the world.
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Lyric Mentor: Tom Shapiro

Tom Shapiro is an American songwriters. To date, he holds four country songwriter of the year awards from BMI, as well as the songwriter of the decade awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). He has also written more than 50 Top 10 hits, including 26 No. 1's.

Brett James

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    Brett James is an award winning singer/songwriter with cuts by Kenny Chesney (“When the Sun Goes Down”), Carrie Underwood (“Jesus, Take the Wheel”), Rascal Flatts (“Love You Out Loud”) and Kelly Clarkson (No. 1 AC single “Mr. Know It All”) just to name a few.

Paul Williams

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    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 (“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.

NSAI

You Could Win

  • Grand Prize
  • One (1) hour mentoring sessions with both singer/songwriter Brett James and singer/songwriter/actor and executive Paul Williams.
  • Mentoring session with the editor and/or writers of Billboard magazine.
  • Your song pitched to music industry executives through winners' compilation CD for one year.
  • Three-day trip to Nashville including accommodations by The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (depending on availability) and airfare by American Airlines.
  • Tickets for two (2) to the 2014 CMT Music Awards.
  • A&R meeting with one major label.*
  • One (1) Apple iPad loaded with GarageBand app.
  • Much More

  • CMT Listeners' Choice Award Winner
  • Your song pitched to music industry executives through winners' compilation CD for one year.
  • The opportunity to perform for CMT's Music Strategy team and attend a CMT live show taping.
  • Tickets for two (2) to the 2014 CMT Music Awards.
  • Much More

  • Lyric-Only Winner
  • Sixty-minute (60) mentoring session with Tom Shapiro.
  • Publishing meeting with professional major music publisher.*
  • One-year NSAI membership.
  • NSAI event gift certificate.
  • Much More

  • Runners-Up
  • Meeting with a professional music publisher.
  • Your song pitched to music industry executives through our winners' compilation CD for one year.
  • One-year NSAI membership.
  • NSAI event gift certificate.
  • Much More

  • Honorable Mentions
  • Certificate of achievement.

  • All Entrants
  • A free personalized judging report.
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