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Tennessee Songwriters Week

A statewide celebration of the craft that put Tennessee on the map.

Tennessee Songwriters week

Tennessee Songwriters Week 2021 planned qualifying rounds, showcases and related in-person events are cancelled out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety of staff, songwriters and audience members due to COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean the music has to stop. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will shine a spotlight on songwriters, the state’s music history, experiences and music venues in a virtual and safe way. Follow @tnvacation on social media for more. Please remain vigilant, practice social distancing, wear masks, wash our hands and “For the Love of Tennessee, Travel Safe.” We look forward to Tennessee Songwriters Week 2022.

In 2020, The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD), in partnership with The Bluebird Cafe and Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI), held six showcases in Franklin, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg and Johnson City. More than 1,000 songwriters performed in 39 qualifying rounds, six showcase events and special events on stages from Memphis to Mountain City.

2020 Tennessee Songwriters Week
UPDATED2020 Winners (clockwise from top left) Allen J. Morrell of Murfreesboro, Jay Da Skreet of Memphis, Courtney Holder of Chattanooga, Jacob Vaughn of Reidsville, North Carolina, Beth Snapp of Kingsport and Adeem Bingham of Knoxville will each perform their own original music during a virtual concert with The Bluebird Cafe Feb. 21, 2021. The winners also received a specialty Tennessee Songwriters Week-branded Epiphone guitar, a free one-year membership and individual mentoring session with NSAI.

In 2019, a state statute passed designating the last full week of February each year as Tennessee Songwriters Week, to celebrate the foundation of the craft, recognize legendary songwriters and pave the way for future artists. TDTD, The Bluebird Cafe and NSAI are committed to make sure songwriters can share their original works on stage with other songwriters. For more details, see our FAQs and Rules.

Resources for Songwriters

American Songwriter
Bluebird at Adventure Science Center
Bluebird Documentary Soundtrack
Bluebird Virtual Open Mic Night
Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival
How To Play The Bluebird Cafe
It All Begins With A Song on Amazon
Nashville Coffee Break (Podcast)
NSAI Knoxville, Tennessee Chapter
NSAI Website  &  NSAI Video Library
Tin Pan South Virtual Songwriters Festival
Virtual Songwriting Competition, Global Rising Song
Watch The Bluebird Cafe Documentary



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