How To Enter

NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT
  • The contest is no longer accepting submissions and is currently in the judging process.
  • Fan voting begins on February 1, 2017. Once the panel of industry judges have finished all rounds of judging and selected the top 11 songs, these songs will be posted here for a period of one month (February 1-28, 2017). 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 2016.
  • Judges are comprised of Music Industry Professionals, Award Winning Songwriters, and NSAI Pro Songwriters. Songs are judged 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.
  • Have questions about the contest? We've got answers. Click here for a list of FAQs.

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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. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. 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. With over 585,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.
Celebrating over 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, 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 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow BMI on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page.
D'Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under several product divisions: D'Addario Fretted and Orchestral Strings, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario/Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with roots dating back to the 17th century and 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota's Lean manufacturing principles. D'Addario musical accessories are distributed in 120 countries, serve more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and are the preferred choice of professional and serious amateur musicians worldwide including Keith Urban, Zak Brown, Alabama Shakes, Dave Matthews, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani + more.
HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc. is a full service independent publisher for writers and clients. The Nashville office opened in 1989 and the company owns catalogs such as Kiss, REO Speedwagon, Marilyn Manson, Jerry Reed, Sophie B. Hawkins and Dean Dillon to name a few.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (2100 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203) is located in Nashville's exclusive Midtown. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel offers a contemporary, yet comfortable escape in the heart of Music City. The hotel features 340 rooms, including 9 well-appointed suites, and modern, tech-savvy gathering spaces to do business or casually mix and mingle. Our restaurant, Mason's, offers Southern-inspired dishes with European and Appalachian influences, while our rustic, public house-style bar, Mason Bar, serves local beer, wine and spirits in a casual cool setting. Just one mile from Music Row and within walking distance of Vanderbilt University, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel boasts an ideal location to experience one of the country's most popular destinations.
Headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville, Round Hill Music was founded by Josh Gruss in 2010 in partnership with Richard Rowe and Neil Gillis, as a boutique-sized music publisher offering high-touch administration and creative services to its songwriters. Since then, Round Hill Music has built an extensive catalog of music recorded and performed by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Offspring, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Bon Jovi, Steve Perry, Louis Armstrong, Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Buckcherry, Mötley Crüe, Daughtry, Bush, Josh Kear, Michael Bolton, Percy Sledge, and Katy Perry. Round Hill has also signed exclusive publishing deals and joint partnerships with a number of established music companies including record label Mexican Summer and original music house Bosshouse Music, as well as Big Loud Shirt Industries, Big Loud Bucks, and Feel Music Group. Round Hill provides a high level of service to their songwriters and producers, including Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Carrie Underwood), singer/songwriter Wade Kirby (Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, George Straight), and Jimmy Robbins (Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum). Some of Round Hill's current artists include The London Souls, Bronze Radio Return, Genevieve, Civil Twilight, The Griswolds, Lettuce, Tamaryn, Odessa, Motopony, and American Authors.
SESAC Holdings is the only U.S.-based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical, synchronization and other rights. SESAC Holdings is unique in its ability to offer singular licenses for the works of its affiliated writers and publishers that aggregate both performance and mechanical rights in order to drive greater efficiency in licensing for music users, as well as enhanced value for music creators and publishers. Its businesses operate on a sophisticated information technology and data platform to provide timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. SESAC Holdings' subsidiaries are some of the most well-known companies in music licensing and administration. SESAC Performing Rights is the second oldest and most progressive performing rights organization in the U.S. SESAC Holdings' acquisition of The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) accelerated its transition to a "multi-rights" organization with HFA's deep publisher relations and mechanical licensing history. Following the HFA acquisition, SESACs's Rumblefish subsidiary was merged with HFA's Slingshot business unit under the Rumblefish brand. Rumblefish simplifies business for digital services, publishers, labels, artists and apps. Rumblefish's transparent composition and recording administration, data and royalty management, licensing and network monetization allow clients to focus on their core business. Rights. Simplified. Royalties. Amplified. SESAC Holdings has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, San Francisco, London and Munich.
In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 52,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to three airports in Cuba expected to begin later this year, subject to governmental approvals.
Located on Nashville's Music Row since 1979, they are the longest-standing provider of CD and DVD duplication, replication, packaging and printing in Music City. Whether you order 1 or 1 million, you will receive superior service every time. They pride themselves on developing genuine relationships with each customer. We Make Tapes & Discs also offers graphic design services, promotional posters, business cards, and laminate badges! Do you have a tight-deadline, strict budget, or detailed vision? Let We Make Tapes & Discs help! Call 615-244-4236 or visit to start your project today!

Charles Kelley

  • Seven-time GRAMMY winner Charles Kelley "continues to stay true to himself all while telling stories" (Albuquerque Journal), as his first-ever debut track "The Driver" earned a GRAMMY nomination for "Best Country Duo/Group Performance" ahead of the album's release. Produced by Paul Worley, THE DRIVER explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a lower, grittier key. Along with his success as part of multi-Platinum award-winning trio Lady Antebellum, Kelley has also penned No. one hits recorded by Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. It's Lady Antebellum's universal appeal that continues to resonate across the globe, as they continue to headline festivals throughout the summer on the LADY ANTEBELLUM 2016 SUMMER TOUR. For more information on new music and for a full list of tour dates visit

Rodney Clawson

  • Rodney Clawson took a huge career leap from farmer to songwriter when he began to make trips from his home in Gruver, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee. After earning his first top 20 song with "I Can't Be Your Friend" (Rushlow) and his first top 5 song with "Sweet Southern Comfort" (Buddy Jewel), Clawson made the decision to leave his farming career behind and move to Nashville to be a full-time songwriter. In the summer of 2006, he landed his first #1 song with "Why" (Jason Aldean) followed by his second #1 with "Lost In This Moment" (Big and Rich). Clawson's song "I Saw God Today" became country music legend George Strait's highest debuting single of all time. It was his record breaking 56th #1 song, and it won CMA Single of the Year. Some of Clawson's additional twenty-one #1 songs include "Drink On It" (Blake Shelton), "Drunk On You" (Luke Bryan) "Take A Little Ride" (Jason Aldean), "Feel Like A Rockstar" (Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw), "Helluva Life" (Frankie Ballard), "Lettin' The Night Roll" (Justin Moore), "Bartender" (Lady Antebellum), "American Kids" (Kenny Chesney), "Dirt" (Florida Georgia Line) and "Burnin' It Down" (Jason Aldean). Clawson was named 2013 and 2015 NSAI Songwriter of the Year, and BMI named him Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and 2015. Clawson writes for Big Loud Shirt, a company owned and operated by Grammy award-winning songwriter, Craig Wiseman.


You Could Win

  • GRAND PRIZE AWARD (1 recipient):
  • Mentoring session with Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Charles Kelley
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Single song contract with Round Hill Music
  • One (1) meeting with a member of the Round Hill Music team
  • Meetings with music industry representatives
  • NSAI Residency package
  • Live performance opportunities
  • One (1) round trip flight on Southwest Airlines
  • Set of guitar strings courtesy of D'Addario
  • CMT Listener's Choice Grand Prize trophy
  • And more!
  • LYRIC-ONLY AWARD (1 recipient):
  • Mentoring session with hit songwriter Rodney Clawson
  • One (1) meeting with a music industry representative
  • One (1) year NSAI membership
  • One (1) round trip flight on Southwest Airlines
  • Set of guitar strings courtesy of D'Addario
  • NSAI event gift certificate
  • Lyric-Only winner trophy
  • RUNNER-UP AWARDS (10 recipients):
  • One (1) meeting with a music industry representative
  • Song placement on NSAI's Top 40 Song Page
  • One (1) year NSAI membership
  • Set of guitar strings courtesy of D'Addario
  • Certificate of achievement
  • HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS (10 recipients):
  • Song placement on NSAI's Top 40 Song Page
  • Certificate of Achievement