Workshop description

THURS MAY 6th and FRI MAY 7th

Now songwriters from across the country and around the world can be heard by and learn from established publishers without the expense of traveling to Nashville.

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This workshop is a crash course in what it takes to write for the commercial Nashville market. There will be 6 two-hour online sessions. Twelve applicants will be chosen to play one song at each session for one publisher who will give feedback on the craft and commercial potential of the writing. You do not have to perform the songs live, you can play a recording. The publishers are not paid to attend. They attend because they like to discover and nurture new talent. 

Participants will be heard by and get feedback from six Music Row publishers, and will hear the feedback given to all the other participants. At the end of each session there will be time to ask questions.



THURSDAY , May 6th
10 am – Greg Gallo, Reservoir Media
1 pm – Nate Lowery, Cornman Music
4 pm – Bobby Rymer, Writers Den

10 am – Brooke Antonakos, Rockbrook Entertainment
1 pm – Chris Oglesby, BMG/Nashville
4 pm – TBA

$395, due by April 29th. Cancellations will only be refunded if the spot can be filled by a qualified writer.


Applications must be received by Saturday April 24th. Applicants submit the application form and send at least 3 songs for consideration. The fee to apply is $25 for the first three songs and $5 for each additional song, limit 10.  Applicants who would like written feedback from Barbara on the songs they submit can request it for an additional $15 per song. Feedback will be sent within 10 days of the end of the application process,

All applications that come in by the deadline will be carefully reviewed and twelve will be chosen based on how well crafted, original and relevant to the current market the writing is. Everyone will be notified whether or not they were selected to play for the publishers by Monday April 26th.




1. Q. Can I submit co-written songs?
A. Yes, but please identify your co-writers on the lyric sheet.

2. Q. What kind of demos should I submit?
A. You can send anything from a fully-produced studio demo to a rough phone recording. Submit your best songs, regardless of the quality of the demo. Songs will be judged on the the writing, NOT on the demo.

3. Q. What if I can’t perform my songs??
A. Then you can play recordings of your songs at the workshop. Writers who can perform may also play demos if they prefer.

4. Q. What if I don’t write Country songs?
A. The publishers who attend are looking for great writers who WANT to write for the commercial Country market, not necessarily ones who already do. If they see great potential they may want to give writers an open door and help them develop. You are welcome to submit songs in any genre when you apply. However, if you are not interested in writing Country songs, this is not the workshop for you.

5. Q. Can co-writers enter as a team?
A. Yes – the cost for a team is $395 plus  $250 for each additional team member.

6. Q. If I am selected, do the songs I present to the publishers have to be the same songs I sent in to apply?
A. If you want to present different songs, you have to get them approved before the workshop.

7. Q. If I can’t attend the Zoom sessions can I still submit my songs to be presented to the publishers?
A. No – the publishers aren’t simply looking for songs to pitch – they are looking for songwriters they may want to develop relationships with. They want to meet you as well as hear your songs.

8. Q. What if I don’t have good internet access?
A. If you cannot arrange to use a stable broad-band connection it will be difficult to participate so you may want to wait to attend an in-person event in Nashville.

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