Grammy Submission Time; Americanafest Discount Rates; CLE Program; NSAI Song Contest

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THIS WEEK IN AMERICANA!
* GRAMMY SUBMISSION UPDATE
* EARLY BIRD AMERICANAFEST REGISTRATION RATES EXTENDED
* ATTORNEY CAN EARN UP TO 12 CLE HOURS OF CREDIT
* NSAI SONG CONTEST DETAILS
FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION:
SUBMIT YOUR WORK NOW!  Wondering what categories to nominate your artists for the 2014 Grammy awards?  In addition to Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Music Song, this year the Recording Academy added a new category, Best American Roots Performance.
Submissions for GRAMMY consideration through the Online Entry Process (OEP) can only be made by registered Media Companies and Academy Members (Voting and Associate). The 57th GRAMMY Awards eligibility period is for recordings released between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.
Please make a note of this as you, Recording Academy members, consider your submissions this year. From Americana to Blues, Bluegrass, Folk and Regional Roots, we are truly thrilled to see that the Recording Academy has recognized the importance of the American Roots Music Field. Please visit www.GRAMMY.org for more information.
AMERICANAFEST CONFERENCE REGISTRATION UPDATE
Due to popular demand, we are extending the early bird Americana Music Festival & Conference rates of $365 for members and $465 for non-members through Wednesday, September 10th.  Rates will go up to $500 per person after that date.
Full Festival and Conference Registrations get you priority admission into all day and evening events including a ticket to our critically acclaimed Honors & Awards show on Wednesday, September 17th and admission to the Avett Brothers at Riverfront Park show on Saturday, September 20th.
Highlights to include performances by Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, Jason Isbell and Rosanne Cash at the Awards show and by day you won’t want to miss any segment of our music business conference;  Artist interviews with Marty Stuart (with Scott Goldman) and Ry Cooder (with Barry Mazor) and a host of panels and workshops addressing music business issues with panels like The Streaming Economy with A2IM’s Rich Bengloff; Brad Paulmoderating Getting Down to the Business of Radio; The Recording Academy: To the Grammy’s and Beyond moderated by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna and a very special artist development case study featuring Ann Powers and artist Sturgill Simpson’s management, marketing and promotion teams.
With approximately 50 daytime panels, workshops and events, along with over 175 confirmed artists to perform, the Americana Music Festival & Conference is Nashville’s most comprehensive Music Industry Educational event. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
We look forward to seeing you all in September!
HEADS UP ATTORNEYS – EARN UP TO 12 HOURS OF CLE CREDITS AT AMERICANAFEST
The Arts & Business Council and the Americana Music Association are again elevating their Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program by partnering with theAmerican Bar Association Forum On Entertainment and Sports Industries to present its annual Nashville Entertainment Law Symposium during the Americana Music Festival & Conference, September 17-21, 2014. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
NSAI WANTS TO HEAR YOUR HIT SONGS!
The 15th Annual NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT runs from September 1 – October 31, 2014. The contest is ALL GENRES and offers song and lyric-only categories. Enter at nsai.cmt.com!
Connections and the opportunity to develop long lasting relationships with industry professionals are what sets the NSAI Song Contest apart from all others. This year’s Grand Prize Winner will win a mentoring session with Warner Music Nashville recording artist Charlie Worsham and a single song contract with Charlie’s publisher, Little Louder Music. Plus, ten (10) runners up get industry access and more! Prizes will be awarded to twenty-two (22) entrants!
NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison says, “NSAI’s Song Contest is not a one-time prize; it’s an invitation into the songwriting community.” Past winners understand that this is a powerful vehicle to get “discovered” and have found success in multiple areas of the music business, including: signing a record deal, an artist development deal and securing music publishing staff writing deals.
NSAI can’t wait to hear your best songs! Contest starts September 1st at nsai.cmt.com. This year’s winner could be YOU!
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About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information and how to become a member, please visit www.americanamusic.org.
About the Americana Music Festival & Conference
The 15th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place September 17 – 21, 2014.  The event brings together fans and music industry executives alike offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery–recharging showcases each evening.  The Americana Honors and Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium and, in 2013, was broadcast live on AXS TV and featured on PBS in an edited one hour version called ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013.
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