Top 11 Songs


    • This contest is no longer accepting submissions and is currently in the judging process.
    • All entries must be postmarked by the CONTEST DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. CDST Oct. 31, 2017 (05:59pm UK time on 1 November 2017) to be eligible.
    • Judges are comprised of Music Industry Professionals, Professional Songwriters. Songs are judged based on lyrics, melody and composition. Performance and production will not be evaluated.
    • Prizes are awarded to one (1) CMT Grand Prize Winner, one (1) Lyric-Only Winner, one (1) Lyric-Only Runner Up, ten (10) Runners-Up and ten (10) Honorable Mentions. All songs entered receive a personalized score sheet.
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  • Maren Morris - Grand Prize Mentor
    At only 27 years old, singer-songwriter Maren Morris has achieved milestones that many artists dream of. After releasing her debut album in 2016, the gold-certified Hero, after only a week, it entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, which spans across all genres. Morris' debut single from Hero, "My Church," set a record at Country radio by having the most chart reporting stations to play a debut single by a country artist with 107 stations the week it hit the airwaves in addition to being certified Platinum by the RIAA. 2017 has seen continued success for the Arlington, Texas native as Morris has taken home several awards including the 2017 Grammy for best country solo performance for "My Church" and the 2017 ACM Award for new female vocalist of the year, and she was named Radio Disney's best new country artist at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards.
  • busbee - Lyric-Only Mentor
    With nearly a decade of songwriting success, American songwriter busbee is one of the most impressive and versatile songwriters of today. busbee's first successes came in 2009 with the hit single "Summer Nights" for Rascal Flatts along with several other cuts which included the #1 UK single "Bad Boys" for Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida, but with a genre-defying style, busbee began seeing international success almost immediately. His hits include a #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart with the 2010 hit "Our Kind of Love" for Lady Antebellum, the 2011 #1 Billboard Dance chart hit with Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side," as well as the #1 single "Try" for P!nk in 2012 which topped the Billboard Adult Pop chart and the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In addition, busbee has 4 cuts on Maren Morris' debut album Hero, including the hit "My Church," and 6 cuts on the newest Lady Antebellum record, Heartbreak. Many other artists have cut songs by busbee including: Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Christina Aguilera, Jon Bellion, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Aldean, Shakira, Florida Georgia Line, and more.
Terms and Conditions
    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 more than 625,000 members representing over 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 and Instagram @ASCAP, and at
  • BMI
    Celebrating over 76 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 nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 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 us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI's The Weekly and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.
  • D'Addario
    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.
  • ole
    ole is Majorly Indie. That means that although we are the world's fastest growing rights management company, with the infrastructure and reach of a Major, ole continue to deliver the personal touch, speed, creativity and caring of an indie. ole was founded in 2004 and has operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, London and Los Angeles. The company boasts a team of over 150 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.
  • SESAC Holdings
    is the only U.S.-based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical, 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, SESAC'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, Portland, San Francisco, London and Munich.
  • Southwest Airlines
    At Southwest, we're always in tune with your travel needs. We don't charge bag fees – so bring along your instrument of choice. Have a new gig booked? Our low fares and no change fees can help you when your schedule changes. Check out to book your next flight.
  • We Make Tapes & Discs
    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!

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)

Established in 1967, NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT.