Thu, Dec 18, 2014


Another Spring Training has come and gone!  Spring Training 2013 was filled with beauftiful weather, great times and of course fantastic learning opportunities.  JD Souther and Kara DioGuardi shed light on their careers and paths to success while some of today's top publishers taught us about publishing in the 21st century.  We heard NSAI Success Stories, gleaned valuable insight from Ralph Murphy and Rick Barker and heard tips and stories from Barry Dean, Billy Montana and Clay Mills.

Wish you could have made it?  Never fear!  Spring Training 2014 will be here before you know it.  In the meantime, be sure to check out all NSAI events here.

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                                             JD Souther and Kara DioGuardi to speak and perform at Spring Training 2013!

He is one of the principal architects of the Southern California sound, and co-wrote the Eagles hits “Heartache Tonight,” “Victim of Love,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Best of My Love,” along Don Henley's super hit "The Heart of the Matter," Beyond that, JD Souther has enjoyed a career as a chart-topping artist with songs like “You’re Only Lonely”, and is now a nominee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In short, you need to hear what he has to say!



She is one of the most accomplished contemporary songwriters in the world today, and the genius behind hits for stars like Pink, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry and Christina Aguilera. The world got to know her as a judge on American Idol (seasons 8-9), and she hosted her own songwriting -based reality show on BRAVO. She's also an experienced record producer, music publisher and author. And NOW Kara DioGuardi has signed on to be our honored guest at Spring Training.She will be closing the show in style with a special interview and performance.

Pro Songwriter Panel

The Pro Songwriter Panel is consistently one of the most popular segments every year at Spring Training! Learn from those who do it for a living, and do it better than most. Don’t miss great music and great insight from hit-writers, Billy Montana (“Hard to Love” – Lee Brice), Barry Dean (“Pontoon” –Little Big Town) and Clay Mills (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” –Darius Rucker)!


21st Century Publishing

featuring Scot Sherrod of RareSpark Media Group, Tim Hunze of Parallel Music Publishing and Missy Wilson of Universal Music Publishing

We know the Music Business has gone through major changes over the past decade. This panel will focus on how these changes have affected the world of music publishing. How is a publisher’s job different in 2013 than it was in 2003, or even 1993? Do they look for different things in a writer today? Do they look for different writers today? This is an INCREDIBLE way to get a sense of where the music biz is right now and where it’s going, from the perspective of those on the other side of the desk.

Here's How I Did It

Panelists include Lance Carpenter, Daisy Mallory and Tia Sillers

Panel featuring NSAI Success stories and THEIR path to achieving their songwriting goals. Learn from those who were sitting in your seats as early as one year ago! 


“Murphy’s Laws of Modern Hits: Crafting a Hit Song in Today’s Market”

Featuring Ralph Murphy

He’s written and produced hit songs in multiple genres for over 30 years and has forgotten more about the ins and outs of songs and songwriting than most of us will ever know. Follow Ralph as he dissects and examines trends and tendencies of what songs are hits today, WHY they are hits, and most importantly, HOW to write them. Get inside the DNA of a song!


How to Monetize Your Music

Featuring Rick Barker

Rick has over 15 years of experience in radio and joined Big Machine Records just in time to manage an unknown artist named Taylor Swift and help guide her to mega stardom. Rick will be at Spring Training to talk about all the different ways to turn your songs into money. Think getting a major artist is the only way to make a living as a songwriter?? Think again!


 What is Spring Training all about? Check out the videos below!


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