Songwriters Week 2023
Tennessee Songwriters Week 2023 will kick off with qualifying rounds the first two weeks of February. Select songwriters from qualifying rounds will advance to seven pre-determined showcase events in Memphis, Franklin, Gallatin, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Gatlinburg and Johnson City Feb. 19-25, 2023. Special events will also take place statewide. The goal of Tennessee Songwriters Week 2023 is to support music venues, support songwriters with live performances, drive visitation and inspire travelers to experience the state's music stories, history, attractions and venues.
Showcase winner at The Down Home, Johnson City
Showcase winner at the Bijou Theatre, Knoxville
Showcase winner at Puckett's, Franklin
Showcase winner at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis
Showcase winner at Songbirds Foundation, Chattanooga
Showcase Winner at Ole Red, Gatlinburg
Six finalists from Tennessee Songwriters Week won a historic opportunity to perform at the legendary Bluebird Cafe March 20 during a private event with music industry professionals. Finalists also won a branded commemorative Taylor guitar, a two-night hotel stay in Nashville, $100 gift card for travel and a one-year membership to the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI). The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and partners hosted more than 45 events across the state in celebration of the state statute designating the last week of February as Tennessee Songwriters Week.
During February, nearly 1,000 songwriters performed from Memphis to Mountain City. Local judges with music industry experience that served at each of the six showcase events had the tough job of scoring nearly 100 talented songwriters on originality, vocal or instrumental talent, and connection to the audience.
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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