Songwriters Week

A state-wide celebration of the craft that put Tennessee on the map.

Tennessee Songwriters week

The 2nd annual Tennessee Songwriters Week will be February 23-29, 2020.

Experience Tennessee Songwriters Week by celebrating at live performances across the state. Top songwriters from nearly 40 qualifying rounds held Feb. 1-15 will perform at one of six Tennessee Songwriters Week Showcase events Feb. 23-29, 2020. Six total finalists will share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in March. Catch live performances at other special events across the state and at many of the Tennessee’s 16 Welcome Centers Feb. 23-29, 2020. The 2nd annual Tennessee Songwriters Week will include more than 1,000 songwriters performing on stages across the state in at least 30 counties.

Join the conversation on social media using #tnsongwritersweek. Songwriters can find a list of resources at the bottom of the page. Planning for 2021 is already underway!

For more details, see our FAQs and Rules.

2020 Showcase Events

Winning songwriters from each of the qualifying rounds will perform at one of the Tennessee Songwriters Week Showcase events, happening on the following dates:

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020

Puckett’s in Franklin
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Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis
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Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

The Bijou in Knoxville
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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Bessie Smith Cultural Center
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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

Ole Red in Gatlinburg
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Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020

The Down Home in Johnson City
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Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020

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2019 Tennessee Songwriters Week winners

More than 100 songwriters performed across the state at the first-ever Songwriters Week in 2019. The winners, seen below, were chosen to perform at The Bluebird Cafe by a panel of local judges and music industry professionals.

Made in Tennessee
2019 Tennessee Songwriters Week
Bluebird Finale Event on March 31, 2019 with Governor Lee.

Resources for Songwriters

NSAI Website  &  NSAI Video Library
Nashville Coffee Break (Podcast)
American Songwriter
Bluebird Golden Pick Songwriting Contest
How To Play The Bluebird Cafe
How to Watch The Bluebird Cafe Documentary
Bluebird Documentary Soundtrack
Bluebird at Adventure Science Center
Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar