NSAI’s Fight to Write Share Thisi
We love songwriters. So it comes as no surprise that we love the people who work to protect those lovable creators of song & verse. NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) is one such organization.
Last night at Nashville’s The Listening Room, NSAI hosted Fight to Write – a special event of the writers, by the writers, and for the writers. Music Row heavy hitters Brett James, Chris Stapleton, Nicolle Galyon, and NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller sang one smash after another before an audience made up largely of their colleagues and peers. The evening felt a bit like a pep rally, in all the good ways. There was a sense of unity & comradery in the room, as we watched some of our strongest talent sing their songs, and reflect on recent trips to Washington D.C. to advocate for improved rights and rates for our nation’s tunesmiths.
NSAI has been leading the charge to get writers to Capitol Hill, meeting with congressmen to enlighten them on the importance of the songwriting craft, and the fading ability to make a career out of it due to wildly outdated statutes whose origins are null and void in today’s world of modern technology. Unless drastic changes are made to the regulations responsible for how songwriters earn money, the lifeblood of this town will gradually run dry.
Though it will be a long hard fight, and it’s merely just begun, it seems as though these recent efforts are making meaningful connections with our country’s decision makers. Lee Thomas Miller told a story of Nicolle Galyon’s recent trip to D.C. where she performed a song in the office of a congressman who, at the end of the song, pulled out a handkerchief, wiped his eyes, looked around at his colleagues, and said “I don’t care what these people want, give it to them.”
As NSAI’s motto says, “It all begins with a song…”