About NSAI

This is the official web site of the Charlotte, NC chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, an organization dedicated to the support of songwriters. Charlotte is fortunate to have a very active chapter with a substantial membership and many activities to help members write better songs and get them published, performed and recorded. If you think you might be interested in joining the organization, you are invited to attend one or two of our meetings to check us out.

Membership in NSAI: You may attend up to two regular NSAI meetings as a guest of the local chapter. This gives you the opportunity to see what the organization has to offer and if it interests you. After these two meetings you are expected to join the organization or pay a $15 fee per subsequent meeting attendance. You may join by filling out a membership application which you can get at the meeting, by calling the parent organization at 1-800-321-6008 or by visiting the official NSAI web site.

Monthly Workshop Meeting: The general monthly meeting of NSAI Charlotte is normally held on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings usually consist of three parts: announcements of interest, a guest speaker or a presentation of interest to songwriters and critiques of songs brought to the meeting by members. Check the Meetings page for the date and location of the next meeting. Check the process page for meeting and membership details. Each member may have one song critiqued at the regular monthly meeting. Bring either a CD or cassette of the song plus 30 copies of the lyrics and your NSAI membership card. The song may also be performed live with or without accompaniment if you prefer. Your lyrics will be passed to the attendees and they will write their comments on them before they are returned to you. A short verbal discussion is also held on each submission.

Make the Most of Your Membership

Making the most of your NSAI membership is one of the best ways to work toward achieving your songwriting goals. Take advantage of many of these membership benefits in the “Members” section of our website; www.nashvillesongwriters.com

Legislative Support: Tell a friend about NSAI. Your membership aids NSAI in actively representing YOUR RIGHTS as a writer in Washington. Once you’ve penned that monster hit, and got it cut, we lobby to make sure you are getting every penny you deserve!

Song Evaluations: Get feedback on your songs. We give you 12 opportunities a year to send in your songs to our NSAI Evaluation service.  A pro writer will listen to your song and provide you with concise, invaluable feedback that will improve your songwriting skills.

Online Education: Learn about the craft and the business. We provide you with hours of educational and inspirational archives of webcasts, on-line chats, and written interviews available at your convenience 24/7, regardless of where in the world you live!

NSAI Events: Attend an event. Our members receive hefty discounts on all of our events, such as Song Camp, Songposium, CMT/NSAI Song Contest, and our popular Songwriter’s Symposium and Tin Pan South.

Workshops: Attend a workshop. We have local chapters in over 100 cities. If you live near one, make sure you attend. When you visit Nashville plan to join us at our Thursday night workshop at here at NSAI. You can also take advantage of our workshops from the comfort of your own home. Twice a month we webcast our Nashville workshop over the internet so you can learn from the best songwriters, labels and publishers no matter where you are.

NSAI On-line Forums: Network. We wire you in to one of the most professional, dynamic interactive songwriter communities in the world through our on-line forums. Ask questions, get information, share successes, find co-writers, and network.

One-on-One Mentoring: Seek advice. When you are planning a trip to Nashville, call and make an appointment for a one-on-one mentoring session with a member of the NSAI staff. You receive two mentoring sessions every year where we listen to three songs, give you an assessment of your writing, offer suggestions and answer your music questions.

Getting Your Song Heard: Take advantage of opportunities. Once your songwriting is up to par with some of the best in the industry by utilizing our services, there is the opportunity that your song could be played at our quarterly Publishers Luncheon (details on the web in Song Evaluations under Process). Also, when you are in Nashville, take advantage of our monthly Pitch to Publisher Thursday night workshops.

Resource and Work Center: Use resources. If you have questions about the music industry call or e-mail us at NSAI or check out our online bookstore. When you are in Nashville, use our members’ lounge to check e-mail, make phone calls, use the resource library, or purchase books from our bookstore. If you have a writing appointment, call ahead and reserve one of our four writers’ rooms.

Bluebird Café Auditions: Play out. In order to play the famous Bluebird Writer’s Night you must live within 100 miles of Nashville, unless you are an NSAI member! Please call the Bluebird at 615-383-1461 or visit www.bluebirdcafe.com for the audition schedule.

>>> For more information see FAQ for Non-Members <<<


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