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Tennessee Songwriters Week

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

Songwriters Week 2023

Tennessee Songwriters Week supports music venues, supports songwriters with live performances in all genres of music, drives visitation and inspires travelers to experience the state's music stories, history, attractions and venues. Tennessee Songwriters Week 2023 will kick off with qualifying rounds the first two weeks of February.


2023 Tennessee Songwriters Week finalists
Clockwise from Top Left: Elijah Wise, Sarah Hardwig, Melanie LaFoy, Aaron Bucks, The Garrett Boys, HARZEE, Ron Short (middle).

Seven 2023 Tennessee Songwriters Week finalists won the opportunity to perform at Nashville’s iconic The Bluebird Cafe during a private event with music industry professionals. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announced the following winners:

  • Melanie LaFoy won at The Bijou Theatre in Knoxville
  • Aaron Bucks at Songbirds in Chattanooga
  • Stax Music Academy’s HARZEE at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis
  • Elijah Wise at Ole Red in Gatlinburg
  • Ron Short at The Down Home in Johnson City
  • Belmont University music student Sarah Hardwig at The Franklin Theatre in Franklin
  • the Garrett Boys at The Palace Theatre in Gallatin

More than 1,200 songwriters performed at qualifying rounds in February at over 50 venues, museums, attractions and cafes to advance to the showcase events around the state where these seven finalists were named the winners. 2023 Tennessee Songwriters Week was filled with participants of many different genres showcasing their diverse songwriting styles and lyrical content. Each of the seven finalists also won a branded commemorative Taylor guitar, two-night stay in Nashville, $100 gift card for travel and one-year membership to Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).


Stay tuned for plans for Tennessee Songwriters Week 2024.

East Tennessee Qualifying Rounds



Middle Tennessee Qualifying Rounds




West Tennessee Qualifying Rounds
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The Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development, The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Taylor Guitars are committed to make sure songwriters can share their original work on stage with other writers.

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