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Songwriters Week

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is Tennessee Songwriters Week?
A: Tennessee Songwriters Week will take place Feb. 20-26, 2022.

Q: What’s the difference between a qualifying round and showcase event?
A: In 2022, venues will host in-person qualifying rounds Jan. 30-Feb. 12, 2022. Select songwriters from the qualifying rounds will advance to six pre-determined showcase event venues across the state from Feb. 20-26, 2022.

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. 20-26, 2022 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 and contact Rob.Sherill@tn.gov if you have questions

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 sign up and 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 run through Jan. 11, 2022.

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. 30-Feb. 12, 2022. Songwriters can sign-up for qualifying rounds starting Dec. 15, 2021 until all venue slots are full. Songwriters can find complete information and the full list of official qualifying round venues at tennesseesongwritersweek.com. Venues listed are responsible for managing the sign-up process. Songwriters cannot perform at multiple qualifying rounds.

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. 30-Feb. 12, 2022. 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 March 20, 2022. They also receive additional prizes, including a one-year membership to NSAI and branded commemorative guitar.

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.