CMT Contests

How To Enter

The contest is no longer accepting submissions and is currently in the judging process.

Fan voting begins on February 1, 2015. Once the panel of industry judges have finished all rounds of judging and selected the top 10 songs, these songs will be posted here for a period of one month (February 1-28, 2015). Friends, family and fans will have the opportunity to log-on, listen and vote for their favorite song. The song that accumulates the most votes at the end of the voting period will be awarded the Grand Prize.

All winners will be announced in early March 2015.

  • Music industry executives, professional songwriters and NSAI board members judge songs based on lyrics, melody and composition. Performance and production will not be evaluated.
  • Prizes are awarded to one (1) Grand Prize CMT Listeners' Choice Winner, one (1) Lyric-Only Winner, ten (10) Runners-Up and ten (10) Honorable Mentions. All songs entered receive a personalized score sheet.
  • Got questions about the contest? We've got answers. Click here for a list of FAQs.

Terms and Conditions


The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers
Formed by Arturo Buenahora and Eric Church, Little Louder Music is home to great songwriters like Erin Enderlin, Eric Church, Luke Dick, Dave Pahanish, Haley Georgia, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Charlie Worsham and Oscar Charles. Little Louder Music recently celebrated the company's first No. 1 hit with "Give Me Back My Hometown" by Eric Church (Songwriters: Luke Laird and Church).
SESAC is a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing songwriters and music publishers and their right to be paid royalties whenever their songs are played in public. The most progressive organization in the U.S., SESAC represents such artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey, Mumford & Sons and Zac Brown. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.
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Charlie Worsham

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    Charlie Worsham is the 2006 Grand Prize Winner of the NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. He has been called part of the next class of country music stars. With one hit under his belt and more on the way, the multi-instrumentalist has a lot of Nashville superstars pulling for him. He was handpicked to play shows with Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker. Others like Eric Church and Dierks Bentley have called on Charlie's talents in the studio, having him play on their albums. A Mississippi native, Worsham co-wrote and co-produced his 11-track debut album, Rubberband, with Ryan Tyndell (Executive Produced by Arturo Buenahora) in a small independent studio in the edgy arts community of Nashville's East Side. It features his current single, "Want Me Too," and his debut single, the Top 15 hit "Could It Be." Additionally, two of his biggest musical idols -- Marty Stuart and Vince Gill -- join him on "Tools of the Trade." Charlie can currently be seen touring all across the United States in support of Rubberband.


You Could Win

  • Grand Prize
  • Mentoring session with Warner Music Nashville Recording Artist, Charlie Worsham.
  • One-year single song contract with Little Louder Music.
  • Publishing meetings with three (3) professional music publishers.
  • A&R meeting with one major record label.
  • Three-day (3) trip to Nashville including hotel accommodations and airfare.
  • Two (2) tickets to the 2015 CMT Music Awards.
  • Much More

  • Lyric-Only Winner
  • Mentoring session with hit songwriter Tia Sellers.
  • Publishing meeting with one (1) professional music publisher.
  • One-year NSAI membership.
  • Six (6) month Sonicbids subscription.
  • Much More

  • Runners-Up
  • Publishing meeting with one (1) professional music publisher.
  • One-year NSAI membership.
  • Song placement on the NSAI Top 40 song page.
  • Much More

  • Honorable Mentions
  • Song placement on the NSAI Top 40 song page.
  • Certificate of achievement.

  • All Entrants
  • Personalized score sheet.