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Songwriters Week

A state-wide celebration of the craft that put Tennessee on the map.

Tennessee Songwriters week

The Tennessee Songwriters Week finale at The Bluebird Cafe, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2020, will be rescheduled for a later date to be determined. We continue to monitor the news and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Health about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and feel this is the most appropriate course of action to keep songwriters, audience members and staff at the Bluebird both healthy and safe. Please follow the latest updates from the TN Dept. of Health here:

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD), in partnership with The Bluebird Cafe and NSAI, held six showcases in Franklin, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg and Johnson City during the second-annual Tennessee Songwriters Week last week.

Adeem Bingham of Knoxville, Jay Da Skreet of Memphis, Courtney Holder of Chattanooga, Allen J. Morrell of Murfreesboro, Beth Sap of Kingsport and Jacob Vaughn of Reidsville, North Carolina were each invited to perform their original music in a final showcase event at The Bluebird Cafe. The winners received a specialty Tennessee Songwriters Week-branded Epiphone guitar, a free one-year membership and individual mentoring session with Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), a two-night hotel stay in Nashville, tickets to a show at the historic Bluebird and a travel gift card.

In 2019, 100 songwriters performed at 5 events across the state during Tennessee Songwriters Week. In 2020, TDTD expanded to quadruple those efforts to include 39 qualifying rounds, six showcase events and special events across the state. The 2nd annual Tennessee Songwriters Week saw more than 1,000 songwriters perform at stages from Memphis to Mountain City.

Join the conversation on social media using #tnsongwritersweek. Songwriters can find a list of resources at the bottom of the page. Planning for 2021 is already underway!

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Made in Tennessee
2019 Tennessee Songwriters Week
Bluebird Finale Event on March 31, 2019 with Governor Lee.

Resources for Songwriters

NSAI Website  &  NSAI Video Library
Nashville Coffee Break (Podcast)
American Songwriter
Bluebird Golden Pick Songwriting Contest
How To Play The Bluebird Cafe
How to Watch The Bluebird Cafe Documentary
Bluebird Documentary Soundtrack
Bluebird at Adventure Science Center
Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar