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Nashville Rising Song Open-Mic Contest Prelim #9 MONDAY MARCH 2!! (Nashville)

1907 Division St

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NRS Series 7 Prelim #9 is - Monday March 2, 2020 at “The Dogwood”
This is the 2nd to last open-mic round this series, so NOW is the time to come out, network, share your song and make the semi-final round! TAKE THE STAGE | SHARE YOUR HIT | GET DISCOVERED!

Open to all songwriters of any genre who write and perform their own songs, NASHVILLE RISING SONG is Music City’s premier songwriter open mic contest. Created and facilitated by Keith Mohr (, NASHVILLE RISING SONG has a reputation as a top discovery vehicle for aspiring songwriters, music industry personnel and music fans.

The contest is held for a total of 12 weeks. Each of the ten preliminary rounds feature up to 21 songwriters who each perform one original song. At each preliminary round, the audience (at the venue and online) votes for their favorite songwriter/song, and a panel of music industry judges also select their favorite songwriter/song.

The semi-final round features 21 preliminary round winners. The audience (at the venue and online) select one writer, and the music industry panel select three additional writers to move on to the final round. At the final round, the four finalist perform four songs each. The grand prize winner, who is selected by a combination of audience (at the venue and online) and music industry votes, receives cash and other and other career advancing prizes provided by event prize partners.

The venue host for the series is "The Dogwood" a restaurant/bar/live venue located at 1907 Division Street in Midtown. Owner Brad Womack (of "The Bachelor" TV Show fame) states, "We're excited to be the home for Nashville Rising Song Series 7. We came to Nashville with the goal of serving patrons a quality experience, while also providing an excellent live music venue for the songwriting community. This event is like none other, and we know all who participate, either songwriters or their friends and fans here at "The Dogwood" will have a great time!"

Main sponsors for Series 7 include Nashville Artist Development, Play For Publishers and CedarSong Retreat. More sponsors and prize partners will be added!

The event is FREE to perform (unless a songwriter opts to purchase a limited guaranteed performance slot) and FREE to vote online, courtesy of event host, Live Oak and other event partners.

Shawn Carnes, CEO of Nashville Underground Management ( will come back as event emcee. Shawn brings his vast experience in the music industry as well as his upbeat and dynamic personality to the Nashville Rising Song event and stage.

This songwriter open mic contest is open to anyone who writes original songs! You perform your song live on stage (must play an instrument, no performance tracks allowed). There are no auditions, simply register online or at the venue and share your song in front of people who want to hear your song. Win cash and prizes, make industry connections, forge songwriter friendships, and create new fans. Our audience is attentive because they vote for their favorite song! Our music industry leaders also listen closely and vote for their favorite song and provide feedback at the end of the event (if you want it).

Previous contestants have seen great success, including:
Kelsea Ballerini- Kelsea competed when she first hit Nashville, over 10 years ago. We all know who she is now! We knew way back before she was a Grand Old Opry member!
Russell Sutton- A former grand prize winner, Russell recently signed with Black River Entertainment.
Connor Smith- Connor recently signed with Big Machine Records!
Taylor Gayle- She was a finalist in Nashville Rising Song Series 3! She was signed with Kara DioGuardi from Arthouse Entertainment!
Colton Dixon- Signed with EMI Christian
Caylynn Green- Signed with Warner/Chappel.
Norma Jean Martine- is a star in Europe, having written with Burt Bacharach and many others!
Dani Elliott- We connected her with the Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour. She toured the globe with Miley!
Cole Burkett- Signed with Nashville Underground Management after being a finalist in Series 2 and recorded with Grammy Award and Multi-Platinum Producer Kenneth Babyface Edmunds in Hollywood.

So why sit at home wishing that you could get discovered, when you have the opportunity to be discovered at NASHVILLE RISING SONG? It all starts with you coming out and sharing your song!

Be a part of the event! The audience at the venue and watching live online votes for their favorite song via an online poll, and gets to hear the hits before they hit! Make it a weekly fun night out listening to talented songwriters, and partake of the fantastic food, drink and vibe at Live Oak!

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Sponsorship Opportunities:
Contact: Keith Mohr
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