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Tin Pan South Team Submissions Due By Jan. 31
Tin Pan South Team Submissions Due By Jan. 31

REMINDER: The 21st Annual Tin Pan South will be held Tuesday, April 2 - Saturday, April 6, 2013.  If you're interested in submitting a team for consideration, click the headline above for a Team/Performer Application.  Applications will be accepted until Thursday, January 31, 2013.  (If you've already contacted us about your involvement, please disregard this notice.)

Please note: Tin Pan South is a fund raiser for NSAI’s legislative efforts on behalf of all songwriters.  Opportunities to perform are limited.  Not all teams that apply will receive performance slots, which will be determined by the festival’s selection committee.

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In Memoriam: Don Wayne

Don Wayne
In Memoriam: Don Wayne


NSAI is saddened by the passing of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don Wayne, who died Monday, Sept. 12, following a battle with cancer.  He was 78.  A Nashville native, Don (born Donald Choate) served as president of NSAI in 1984-1985 and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1978.  Don is best known for writing Cal Smith’s 1974 smash, “Country Bumpkin,” which was named that year’s CMA Song of the Year and Single of the Year.  That song was also NSAI’s Song of the Year and earned Don Songwriter of the Year honors from the organization.  Other well-known songs from Don’s pen include “Saginaw, Michigan” (Lefty Frizzell, 1964), “The Belles Of Southern Bell” (Del Reeves, 1965), “It’s Time to Pay the Fiddler” (Cal Smith, 1975), “What In Her World Did I Do” (Eddy Arnold, 1979), “If Teardrops Were Silver” (Jean Shepard, 1966), “She Talked a Lot About Texas” (Cal Smith, 1975), “Nashville” (David Houston, 1971), “The Marriage Bit” (Lefty Frizzell, 1968) and “Hank” (Hank Williams Jr., 1973).  Visitation will be held tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 14) from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home (9090 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN, 615-646-9292).  A Life Celebration will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, also at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.  For more on Don Wayne, see Robert Oermann’s writeup in Music Row magazine and Peter Cooper’s writeup in The Tennessean

 

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Join Us Monday (Sept. 19) For World's Largest #1 Party



City National Bank and The Recording Academy® Present NSAI’s World’s Largest #1 Party

Please join us Monday, Sept. 19, as we honor the past year’s top songwriters in Nashville.  Our annual outdoor party – presented by City National Bank and The Recording Academy
– is a true Music Row event, bringing members of our community together to salute songwriters and have a great time in the process!  Everything will take place under the big tent in the NSAI parking lot (1710 Roy Acuff Place – the former Music Mill).  The event runs from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with free food and drink provided.  Attire is casual/relaxed.  Parking will be available on the surrounding streets and in the nearby area.  See you then!
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Bettis, Brooks, Jackson, Schuyler, Shamblin To Be Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Oct. 16
Bettis, Brooks, Jackson, Schuyler, Shamblin To Be
Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Oct. 16



The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin will become the newest inductees into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  The group will be inducted Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.  The dinner/ceremony, presented by AT&T, will feature special performances of the inductees’ songs, as well as NSAI's annual awards for "The 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written," as selected by the organization's Pro Songwriters Division.  Tickets for the event are $200 each and may be purchased by Friday, Sept. 30, by contacting event director Mark Ford at hoftix@nashvillesongwriters.com or 615-256-3354.  For a PDF of the invitation, click here.  For more on the inductions, click the headline above.

Top Row (l-r): John Bettis, Garth Brooks
Middle Row (l-r): Alan Jackson
Bottom Row (l-r): Thom Schuyler, Allen Shamblin

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Have You Signed Up For Affordable Copyright Infringement Insurance Yet?
Have You Signed Up For Affordable Copyright Infringement Insurance Yet?

 


 First Group Copyright Infringment Insurance Policy Created For Songwriters & Composers

 

Much Lower Rates for American Songwriters

The first-of-its-kind Group Copyright Infringement Insurance Policy for songwriters, artist-songwriters, composers and self-published songwriters throughout the U.S. and internationally is now being offered by NSAI and Frost Specialty Inc.  This unique group insurance plan will dramatically reduce the cost of infringement-insurance premiums while establishing lower available coverage limits.  Every song a songwriter/composer has ever written is covered unless there is a prior claim.  Such coverage used to begin at high levels and cost thousands of dollars each year.  Under the new GROUP policy, coverage begins at around $1,500 per year.  Lawsuits, on the other hand, can cost up to six figures even if they are eventually dismissed.  This policy covers American songwriters regardless of which state you reside in.  For more information contact NSAI at 1-800-321-6008 -OR- e-mail Jennifer@nashvillesongwriters.com for more information.  Click the headline above for more information.  To visit the Frost Specialty website, click here.

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Sponsor Spotlight: ole - New Platinum Sponsor
Sponsor Spotlight: ole - New Platinum Sponsor


NSAI greatly appreciates its many sponsors, who help make possible the work we do on behalf of songwriters. This time, we shine the spotlight on:

NSAI PLATINUM LEVEL CORPORATE SPONSOR -- ole

 ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, the award-winning company boasts a team of over 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has completed over $105MM USD in acquisitions. The company is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded international publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. ole recently concluded a worldwide administration deal with DHX Media Ltd. an international leader in television production and distribution, interactive content, and entertainment licensing, with a focus on children, family and youth markets. The ole catalog includes over 40,000 hours of TV music and 45,000 songs across all genres, a number of which are international chart-toppers like the recent “Why Wait” (Rascal Flatts),“Let Me Down Easy” (Billy Currington), “Crazy Girl” (Eli Young Band), “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Martina McBride), “Give” (LeAnn Rimes), and “All About Tonight” (Pixie Lott).  For more on this sponsor, click the headline above.  

“NSAI wishes to congratulate ole on winning the CCMA’s Publisher of the Year Award for the 5th consecutive year!”

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Sponsor Spotlight: Holiday Inn Vanderbilt
Sponsor Spotlight: Holiday Inn Vanderbilt


NSAI greatly appreciates its many sponsors, who help make possible the work we do on behalf of songwriters.  This time, we shine the spotlight on:

NSAI GOLD LEVEL CORPORATE SPONSOR -- Holiday Inn Vanderbilt


Holiday Inn Vanderbilt
is proud to be a long-time supporter of NSAI and the work they do on behalf of songwriters.  We appreciate the ongoing efforts of NSAI and are pleased to offer a special rate of $109 to its members.  Holiday Inn Vanderbilt is a full-service hotel with free parking, complimentary shuttle service and beautifully appointed rooms with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker in every room.  Located on West End, we are minutes from Music Row and the NSAI headquarters.  When making a reservation, ask for the Nashville Songwriters rate.  Visit our website at www.holidayinnvanderbilt.com.

 

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Protect Your Copyrights & Reduce Your Risk of Liability for Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is one of the most important and potentially expensive legal issues affecting songwriters.  Every songwriter needs to understand what to do, as a practical matter, to minimize the likelihood of being accused of copyright infringement and to maximize the likelihood of convincing others that the songwriter’s works are independent creations.  Click the headline above for more.
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Social Sites Unite!
Social Sites Unite!

Don’t miss out on the excitement at NSAI!
  Become a Fan on Facebook (facebook.com/NSAIofficial), a Friend on MySpace (myspace.com/NSAIofficial) and a Follower on Twitter (twitter.com/NSAIofficial) for updates on events, special visitors, what’s going on in the music industry and more!
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Give The Gift Of Music
Give The Gift Of Music

People love to give and receive recorded music as a gift for just about any occasion or to commemorate an important moment in life.  Though the "Give The Gift Of Music" campaign, NARM and RIAA have joined forces to remind people that music in any format is a memorable, and affordable, gift choice.  To learn more and and download a logo for your website/email, click the headline above.

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Know A Non-Songwriter Who Wants To Support Songwriting?

The FAN membership was created for our Non-Songwriter Industry Professionals, Friends and Family who are passionate about NSAI’s legislative efforts.  If you know someone who isn't a songwriter, but who LOVES what NSAI is doing and wants to support our efforts, please let him or her know about this opportunity.  As a FAN, they'll receive our weekly E-News, which features party dates such as NSAI’s World’s Largest #1 Party, the latest in political news, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame dates and the opportunity to purchase Tin Pan South Fast-Access Passes at a discount AND before they go on sale to the public.  Flex-pay is available for the $150 annual membership or the $2,000 Lifetime membership.  Click on the headline above to Join Today!
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Rock Some Sweet Swag From NSAI

photo courtesy of Steve Jones Photography
Rock Some Sweet Swag From NSAI

NSAI merch is now available online! Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone else – or yourself – these items are sure to look amazing, AND you’ll be supporting the organization that supports your songwriting.  The NSAI line includes military caps, trucker hats, hoodies, jerseys and t-shirts. So what are you waiting for . . .  click on the headline above to start shopping now.  [We also send out a special thank you to our models -- great job, guys!]
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