Tennessee Songwriters Week

Calling All Songwriters: Sign up for “Tennessee Songwriters Week” Qualifying Rounds for Chance to Perform at The Bluebird Cafe 


The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has announced the 2022 Tennessee Songwriters Week with qualifying rounds, showcases, and special events.  Tennessee is home to seven genres of music. It's where legendary songwriters and soon-to-be greats share the same stage.  Tennessee Songwriters Week supports music venues, generates awareness of songwriters' contributions to Tennessee, paves the way for future artists and inspires travelers to experience the state's music stories, history, attractions, and venues.

January 30 - February 12, 2022 - Qualifying Rounds

February 20 - February 26, 2022 - Showcase Events

March 20, 2022 - Finale at The Bluebird Cafe

Visit Goodlettsville is excited to partner with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development by hosting a qualifying round at the Sand Trap at 12 Stones, 1201 Twelve Stones Crossings, Goodlettsville, on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  Ten songwriters from the applications submitted during the registration period December 15, 2021 thru January 15, 2022 will be selected to perform at this qualifying round in Goodlettsville.  Feel free to join us at the Sand Trap at 12 Stones at 6:30 pm on February 8 as these ten songwriters compete for the next round.

Songwriter signups for the Goodlettsville Qualifying Round will open at 2:00 pm on December 15, 2021 and be accepted thru 11:59 pm on January 15, 2022.  The Winners of Qualifying Rounds will go to the Showcase rounds at venues across the state.  The Showcase Winners will get their chance to play at the legendary Bluebird Cafe.

The first place winner of the ten performances at the Sand Trap at 12 Stones will move on to the Showcase Round.

All interested songwriters should submit a Tennessee Songwriter Week Form, a sample of music that is 5 minutes or less in length and does not include any profanity nor offensive language.  Any genre of music is acceptable. 

Please note the following qualifications to compete:

1) You may only select one location to sign up.  Should an Entrant sign up for more than one location, Entrant will be removed from the list and or wait list from all locations.  State employees are not eligible.

2) You must perform one original song (which you own / retain rights to perform and either wrote or co-wrote) not to exceed five (5) minutes.  You may sing acapella or have live accompaniment. Light percussion is allowed if there is no set-up time necessary.  Entrant may bring up to two (2) performers to play an instrument.  Back up tracks are not permitted.

3) Each and every performance will be judged by a panel of at least three (3) individuals from the music community in and around Tennessee.  Entrants will be evaluated numerically from 1-5 in the following categories considering both the Entrant's song and performance:  (a) originality; (b) vocal and/or instrumental talent; and (c) emotional connection to the audience.

Join the conversation on social media using #TNsongwritersweek.

Visit Goodlettsville staff members may be reached at tnsongwriter@goodlettsville.gov for questions regarding the qualifying round.