The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will celebrate Tennessee Songwriters Week in 2023. Jonesborough will host a qualifying round at the International Storytelling Center on Friday, February 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Applications are now available for songwriters to sign up to perform and can be found by visiting jonesborough.com/tnsongwriters.
Select songwriters from qualifying rounds will advance to seven pre-determined showcase events in Memphis, Franklin, Gallatin, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Gatlinburg and Johnson City on February 19-25, 2023. Finalist from this round will continue to the Bluebird Café Finale in Nashville, Tennessee.
Songwriters will be judged based on song quality, lyrical originality, lack of cliches and clarity of the narrative, performance considering instrumental sound (voice or musical instrument), ability of the audience to audibly understand the lyrics, and the Entrants connection with the audience. A state statute designated the last full week of February each year as Tennessee Songwriters Week, which is traditionally a slow month for travel. The mission of the initiative is to support music venues, generate awareness of songwriters’ contributions to Tennessee, pave the way for future artists, inspire travelers to experience the state’s music stories, history and attractions and venues.
For more information about Songwriters Week Qualifying in Jonesborough visit jonesborough.com/tnsongwriters.