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 is set to expand its second annual Tennessee Songwriters Week in 2020 with the addition of qualifying rounds across the state. Between December 9 - 13, songwriters were able to sign up to perform at qualifying rounds at venues across Tennessee the first two weeks of February.

Visit Goodlettsville is excited to partner with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development by hosting a qualifying round at the SandTrap at 12 Stones on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  Ten songwriters from the applications submitted during the registration period of December 9-13  have been 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 12 as these ten songwriters compete for the next round.

To see the full confirmed list of official qualifying round venues, go to tennesseesongwritersweek.com.   Top songwriters from the official qualifying rounds will perform during one of the six “Tennessee Songwriters Week” showcases in the following cities:

 Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 – Puckett’s in Franklin

 Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 – Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis

 Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 – The Bijou in Knoxville

 Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 – Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga

 Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 – Ole Red in Gatlinburg

 Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 – The Down Home in Johnson City

Finalists from the showcases get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe’s long-time open mic night host and songwriter Barbara Cloyd will serve as emcee at the showcases, and a panel of local judges will select the top songwriter from each event. Six total finalists (1 from each showcase event) will receive a prize pack and perform their original material during the finale event at The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Songs will be evaluated and scored on a numerical scale considering both the song and the performance. Judges look at originality, vocal and/or instrumental talent and the ability to create an emotional connection to the audience.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development partnered with the Bluebird for the showcase events, which emphasize a state statute honoring songwriters passed in 2018. It annually designates the last full week of February as “Tennessee Songwriters Week.” The week is designed to celebrate the foundation of the craft, recognize past and present songwriters and pave the way for future artists.

For more information and ongoing updates, visit tennesseesongwritersweek.com. Join the conversation on social using #TNsongwritersweek.

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