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Songwriters Week FAQs

Q: When is Tennessee Songwriters Week?
A: Tennessee Songwriters Week will take place Feb. 23-29, 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 Feb. 1 to 15, 2020. Sign-ups for qualifying rounds are open from Dec. 9 to 13. Songwriters should contact venues directly for specific information regarding sign-ups. The full list of official qualifying round venues can be found at

Q: How will my performance be 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 Feb. 1 to 15, 2020. Top songwriters from the official qualifying rounds will perform during one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases in the following cities: - Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 – Puckett’s in Franklin - Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 – Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis - Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 – The Bijou in Knoxville - Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 – Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga - Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 – Ole Red in Gatlinburg - Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 – The Down Home in 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 on Sunday, March 29, 2020.