Tennessee Songwriters Week: Qualifying Round
Qualifying Round: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Ober Gatlinburg’s Loft Lounge
Ober Gatlinburg is excited to partner with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to be a venue for qualifying rounds leading up to the 2nd annual Tennessee Songwriters Week February 23-29, 2020.
Ober Gatlinburg along with other venues across the state of Tennessee, will sign up local talent to compete. Top songwriters from the official qualifying rounds will perform during one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases. Finalists from the showcases get the opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Instructions for qualifying submissions
Songwriters are asked to complete full registration form below which includes submitting lyrics and YouTube video link to one song. The song submission must be written and performed by the artist registered for the contest.
Deadline has been extended for entries until January 25, 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 with the audience.
Twenty (20) finalists will be chosen to perform their song live for the judges during qualifying rounds at Ober Gatlinburg on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. where one winner will be chosen. Finalists will be announced by January 30, 2020.
The winner will move on to perform one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases in the following locations:
- 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.
For more information and ongoing updates, visit tennesseesongwritersweek.com. Join the conversation on social using #TNsongwritersweek.