In celebration of the craft of songwriting, we’re teaming with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and other music attractions and venues across the state to recognize past and present songwriters and to help pave the way for future artists. Qualifying rounds for the 2020 Tennessee Songwriters Week will be held across the state, including here at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, showcasing songwriters via live performances across Tennessee.
If you're a songwriter, you have until Friday, December 13 to sign up to participate. If interested, please email your name, phone and a brief description of your music style to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rock 'n' Soul Qualifying Round will begin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evening, February 4, 2020 at the Rock 'n' Soul Museum located on B.B. King Boulevard in downtown Memphis at FedExForum. Bring your best song... any genre. Also feel free to invite friends, as up to 20 songwriters will perform, with seating for up to 80 guests.
Two winners and two alternates will be chosen from the Rock 'n' Soul Qualifying Round. The two winners at the Rock 'n' Soul Qualifying Round will also each receive a $250 cash prize. Those two winners will then be invited to perform at the West Tennessee qualifying round to be held at Lafayette's Music Room in Overton Square, Memphis, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The top performer from that event will then join performers from 5 other qulaifying rounds across Tennessee to perform during the 2020 Songwriters Week finale at the Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in Nashville.
Songwriters participating at the Rock 'n' Soul Qualifying Round may perform acoustic, or we will also be providing an amp for plug-and-play, as well as two microphones. Prior to February 4, for introductions, we may be asking for the title of the song you will be performing (if you wish) and any background on the song you wish to provide (i.e. when you wrote it, inspiration, etc.). You will be performing before 3 judges from the professional Memphis music community.
For any additional information, please call (901) 205-2530.
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