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Tennessee Songwriters Week

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

Tennessee Songwriters week

Planning is now underway for the third annual Tennessee Songwriters Week, which will take place Feb. 21-27, 2021 with showcase events across the state. In 2021, venues will have the option to host in-person or virtual qualifying rounds from Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2021. Songwriters can find a list of resources at the bottom of the page. Join the conversation on social media using #tnsongwritersweek. For more details, see our FAQs and Rules.

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.

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.

2020 Tennessee Songwriters Week
2020 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 as featured special guests in a six-week long Tennessee Songwriters Week Residency from Jan. 17-Feb. 21, 2021 as part of The Bluebird Cafe’s Sunday Writers Night series. The winners also received a specialty Tennessee Songwriters Week-branded Epiphone guitar, a free one-year membership and individual mentoring session with NSAI, a two-night hotel stay in Nashville and a travel gift card.

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
Watch The Bluebird Cafe Documentary



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