Silent Auction of Music Lyrics, Memorabilia to Benefit Songwriters

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) will sponsor a silent auction May 1 through July 4 to raise funds for the continued protection of copyright royalties.

Auction items include hand-written re-creations of lyrics to well-known songs, music memorabilia and personal interaction time with top musical artists. Items donated include the chorus to “The Gambler,” written on a deck of cards by the song’s writer, Don Schlitz; “Together Again,” written by Buck Owens on the back of one of his trademark red, white and blue guitars; and the theme to the popular TV program Cheers written on an antique bar stool by composer Gary Portney.

Other artistic re-creations include the words to “Country Bumpkin” written by songwriter Don Wayne on a straw hat and the lyrics to “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine” written by Tom T. Hall on a dog-food sack.

In one case a songwriter donated the actual item on which he wrote the lyrics in his moment of inspiration. A framed original of the lyrics to the song “Easy Lovin’ ” was donated by Freddie Hart and his family.

Autographed items also include a John Lennon boxed set signed by Yoko Ono, a drum head signed by rock singer Lynyrd Skynyrd’s band and a football that says “Are You Ready For Some Football?!” signed by Hank Williams Jr. A Chet Atkins trademark guitar autographed by the master himself is on the block along with a black-sequined jacket belonging to Dolly Parton, an autographed evening gown once worn by Reba McEntire, and a fleece vest signed by Faith Hill.

Stars are giving their personal time for lunch, a round of golf, a day on tour or access to events typically off-limits to the public, such as recording sessions and video shoots.

Proceeds from the auction will assist ASCAP and NSAI in their work to advance proposed legislation supporting copyright protection nationally, abroad and on the Internet.

“Copyright protection is at the heart of the legislative mission of ASCAP and NSAI,” says Connie Bradley, senior vice president, ASCAP and Bart Herbison, executive director, NSAI. “Copyright revenues represent hundreds of millions of dollars to Nashville’s area economy and billions of dollars nationally.”

Bids will be taken from May 1 to July 4 online at the NSAI and ASCAP websites ( and or by calling NSAI at 1-800-321-6008 or (615) 256-3354. Winning bids will be announced the week of July 10.