Official final judging panel of the 19th Annual NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT and Martin Guitars & Strings. Pictured (L-R): Chris Martin (Chairman & CEO, C.F. Martin & Co.), Craig Thatcher (Recording artist and International Clinician/Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co.), Bart Herbison (Executive Director, NSAI), Lindsay Gum (Director of Events/Pr Membership, NSAI), John Ozier (Vice President, Creative, ole), Jordan Walker (Manager, Music & Talent, CMT), and Brett James (Grammy-Winning Songwriter/Producer)
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), along with presenting partners CMT and C.F. Martin & Co.® (Martin Guitars & Strings), is proud to announce JACOB NOE (Nashville, TN)  as the Grand Prize Song+Lyric winner of NSAI’s annual Song Contest with his entry “Weight of Words” (Co-written with Canaan Stanley), and MICHAEL ROTH (Rio Rancho, NM) as the Lyric Only Winner with his entry “The Price Of A Song.”
With the welcomed addition of presenting partner C.F. Martin & Co. this year, the Grand Prize winning package was bigger than ever and included $5,000 cash, a one-year single-song contract with ole, mentoring sessions with legendary hit songwriter Craig Wiseman and multi-talented musician, writer, performer and Martin ambassador Hunter Hayes, and a Martin guitar. Additional prizes included a round-trip flight to Nashville, TN, tickets to the 2019 CMT Music Awards, a mentoring session with a CMT executive, a performance slot during the 2019 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and more. The total prize package was valued at over $15,000! All eight runner-up entrants in the Song+Lyric category also each were awarded their very own Martin Dreadnought Junior acoustic electric guitar as well as an industry meeting and a year membership to NSAI.
Roth, the winner of the Lyric-Only category won a prize package that included a mentoring session with hit songwriter Lori McKenna, a Martin guitar, industry access, a round-trip flight to Nashville, TN, a pass to the annual Music Biz conference and more.

Beating out nearly 2600 entries, each placing song advanced through several levels of judging with the final judging event taking place on February 5, 2019, where the Grand Prize-winning song was determined by a panel of elite judges.
Judges included Chris Martin (Chairman & CEO, C.F. Martin & Co.), Craig Thatcher (Recording artist and International Clinician/Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co.), Brett James (Grammy-Winning Songwriter/Producer), Jordan Walker (Manager, Music & Talent, CMT) and John Ozier (Vice President, Creative, ole). For the final judging, each song was played and received a score of 1-10 from each panelist. The song with the highest score in total was declared the winner. The final judging is available to replay at www.nashvillesongwriters.com.
Every contest entrant will receive a numerical judging report. These reports have been emailed to all entrants using the email address provided on the entry form. If there was no email address provided, then the judging report was mailed to the address provided on the entry form.

Special thanks to ASCAP, BMI, CMT, Martin Guitars and Strings, ole, SESAC, Southwest Airlines and We Make Tapes & Discs for supporting the contest and NSAI Mission!

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