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Songwriters Week

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is Tennessee Songwriters Week?
A: Tennessee Songwriters Week will take place Feb. 21-27, 2021.

Q: What’s the difference between a qualifying round and showcase event?
A: In 2021, venues will have the option to host in-person or virtual qualifying rounds from Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2021. Select songwriters from these qualifying rounds will advance to pre-determined showcase events at venues across the state from Feb. 21-27, 2021.

Q: I’m a venue, partner or city interested in Tennessee Songwriters Week. Can I still be part of Tennessee Songwriters Week if I’m not part of the qualifying rounds or showcase events?
A: Absolutely! We encourage hosting events from Feb. 21-27, 2021 as a special event. For information on how to create a partner page and submit your event for consideration, click here. Please select the Tennessee Songwriters Week flag when submitting.

Q: What is the benefit for hosting an event during Tennessee Songwriters Week?
A: In 2019, a state statute passed to designate the last full week of February each year, typically a slow time for travel, as Tennessee Songwriters Week to celebrate songwriters and drive visitation.

Q: I’m a venue. How do I host a qualifying round?
A: Venues and businesses interested in hosting a qualifying round must fill out and agree to a Memorandum of Understanding and be responsible for managing their own sign-up process for songwriters. Sign-ups for qualifying round venues are Oct. 5-Dec. 2, 2020.

Q: I’m a songwriter. How do I sign up?
A: Songwriters must perform in official qualifying rounds which will take place across the state from Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2021. Songwriters can sign-up for qualifying rounds starting Dec. 9, 2020 until all venue slots are full. Songwriters can find complete information and the full list of official qualifying round venues at

Q: How are performances judged?
A: Songs will be evaluated and scored on a numerical scale considering both the song and the performance. Judges look at originality, vocal and/or instrumental talent, and the ability to create an emotional connection with the audience.

Q: What is the schedule for performers in Tennessee Songwriters Week?
A: Songwriters must perform in one qualifying round. Qualifying rounds will take place from Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2021. Select songwriters from the official qualifying rounds will perform during one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases in the following cities: Franklin, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Gatlinburg and Johnson City. Finalists from the showcases (six total, 1 from each showcase) will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

Q: Are special precautions being taken for COVID-19?
A: Yes. Qualifying round venues and showcase venues agree to put the best safeguards in place to protect guests to the venue, artists and team members. Vendors must agree to act in accordance with CDC guidelines and the venue’s local government requirements, utilizing the most protective process based upon information known at the time. Venues will have the option of hosting either an in-person or virtual event.