Tennessee Songwriters Week: Qualifying Round
Qualifying Round: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
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 one of the qualifying rounds, February 2, 2022, leading up to the annual Tennessee Songwriters Week.
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.
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 Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. where one winner will be chosen.
The winner will move on to perform one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases.
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 20, 2022.
For more information and ongoing updates, visit tennesseesongwritersweek.com. Join the conversation on social using #TNsongwritersweek.