Songwriter Opportunities

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) will host its 14th Annual Spring Symposium March 13-15 at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

The Friday night "NSAI Super Songwriters 舒 The Big Show" will feature hit songwriters in-the-round.

Saturday evening, the 25th Annual Songwriter Achievement Awards Ceremony and Dinner will take place in the hotel ballroom. Awards for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year will be presented.

Participants will have the option of registering for the entire symposium or individual activities. Registration can be made through NSAI, 15 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203; (615) 256-3354.

Kenlake State Resort Park is hosting the 3rd Annual Songwriters' Weekend on March 27 and 28. The weekend will dovoted to songwriting and songwriters. There will be a panel discussion on publishing and licensing original songs, a guitar pull for local songwriters, a cassette roulette session for writers who want to hear a critique of one of their songs, and two evening concerts featuring established songwriters active in the Nashville music scene.

Friday night's concert will feature Wood Newton, who wrote Steve Wariner's hit "What I Didn't Do,"

Songwriters of Oklahoma invites entries for its 1992 Annual Lyric Competition. The winning song receives $50, and five honorable mention certificates will be awarded. Entry fee is $5 for members of Songwriters of Oklahoma; $10 for non-members. For more info and/or an entry blank (required), call or write Harvey Derrick, 211 W. Waterloo Rd., Edmond, OK 73034; (405) 348-6534.

Pacific Songs International, a subsidiary of Wemar Music Corp., is asking for submissions of contemporary songs (pop, R&B, rock and country) for placement with major recording artists. P.S.I.'s Joe LaChance says that his company is a BMI/ASCAP music publishing company with songs written and recorded by The Isley Brothers, Duke Ellington, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Lou Stallman and Carole King/Gerry Goffin.

The Virginia Organization of Composers and Lyricists (VOCAL) 1992 Song Contest is now accepting entries. There are 14 categories, and the entry fee is $5 per song; $2.50 per additional category. For further info contact Cham Laughlin at (804) 733-5908, or write to: VOCAL Song Contest, P.O. Box 2438, Petersburg, VA 23804. Deadline is March 31, 1992.

A couple of items from VOCAL's newsletter caught our eye. We pass them on to you as printed therein:

Need female songs for Suzy Boggess and group songs for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. One song per artist. Attn. A&R Dept., Capitol Records, 1111 16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203.

Needing hit songs for Restless Heart. One song only, typed lyric sheet, SASE. Attn. Josh Leo, RCA Records, 1 Music Square N., Nashville, TN 37203.

VOCAL added these tips:

Don't forget to be a pro when submitting songs. Cue the tape up to the first song. Fold and wrap your lyric sheet around the tape with a rubber band. Be sure to put your name, address, and phone number on the tape. Include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope).

Songwriters of Wisconsin's contest has an April 30, 1992, deadline. Additional information: P.O. Box 874, Neenah, WI 54957-0874.

Viking International Records Ltd. (VIR), a division of Sax Buttons Productions Inc., is looking for a wide variety of song material for their associated publishing companies.

Songs wanted are country ballads and duet songs, country upbeats with strong country images, rock songs, blues songs, country gospel, bluegrass, and bluegrass gospel songs.

Submission policy: 4 songs per cassette; typed lyric sheets; no limit on number of cassettes sent; clearly mark all material.

Songs should be sent to VIR Publishing Group, Suite 18, 204 N. Main St., Dickson, TN 37055.

VIR is also looking for female country singers, male country singers, rock bands and groups, and R&B bands and groups. They request that complete promo kits and videos be sent to Sax Buttons Productions, Inc., Executive Suite, 204 N. Main St., Dickson, TN 37055.