According to a July 30 announcement, superstar singer/songwriter Lionel Richie, whose “Tuskegee” duets album is the top-selling album for the first half of 2012, has signed on as the mentor for the grand-prize winner of the annual NSAI Song Contest.
Now in its 13th year of competition, the contest will get under way Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 and will run through Oct. 31, 2012. Aspiring songwriters in any genre are encouraged to send their best songs, which will be judged by a panel of experts in a variety of categories including the Lyric-Only category added last year.
Sponsored by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International and presented by CMT, the contest has proven to be a powerful vehicle for aspiring songwriters to get discovered. Past winners have found success that spans from signing an artist development deal to securing a music publishing staff writer deal. This nationwide platform is for songwriters in all genres to submit their best tunes for consideration.
The contest offers one grand-prize winner, one CMT Listeners’ Choice Winner and one Lyric-Only winner. The grand-prize winner will have an opportunity to spend one hour being mentored by songwriting and artist great Richie.
Additional prizes will include a single-song professional demo, tickets to the 2013 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, a private tour of CMT studios, a performance at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, meetings with major music publishers and a one-year membership to NSAI, just to name a few. For more info, please visit nsai.cmt.com.
Entry fees: The contest entry fees are $35 (current NSAI members) and $45 (non-members) per song submitted. Songwriters may submit as many songs as they would like, but the preceding fees apply to each song submitted. Entries will be accepted from Aug. 1 until Oct. 31, 2012 via SonicBids.com online submission platform. For details on submitting songs, as well as the official prizes and rules/regulations. go to www.nsai.cmt.com.
Proceeds from the contest entry fees will benefit the NSAI Legislative Fund to protect the rights of songwriters. Established in 1967, NSAI is the world’s largest nonprofit songwriters trade organization. Currently, its membership is more than 5,000 and spans the United States and five foreign countries.
Last year’s winner won a songwriting session with hit-maker Charlie Daniels.