Important Dates August 10-12 Event

Unsigned Singer-Songwriters...

Three of Nashville’s best-known professional songwriters Dave Pahanish, Jenn Schott and Keesy Timmer are offering to write with selected Unsigned Songwriters.

The event takes place August 10-12, 2018 at Cactus Creek Barn in Dickson Tn, about 50 miles west of Nashville.

The weekend includes 3 cowriting sessions, each with a Hit Songwriter and 2 Participants, and concludes with a writers-round where all songs written during the event are performed for an A&R Executive and Publisher.

Pro Songwriters

Pro Songwriters

  • Dave Pahanish, 3 time Billboard #1, Toby Keith “American Ride,” Keith Urban “Without You,”...
  • Jenn Schott wrote Mickey Guyton’s “Better Than You Left Me,” Billboard’s 10 Best...
  • Keesy Timmer got gold with Kelsea Ballerini's  "Yeah Boy"...
Cactus Creek Barn

Cactus Creek Barn

  • Share our obsession with friendly horses!
  • Enjoy home cooked meals in the barn's earthy kitchen.
  • Fire pit built from creek stones just made for writer rounds.
  • Stay at nearby hotels or B&B's 10-20 minutes away.
Summary of Event

Event At A Glance

  • Something amazing happens when people step outside of the day-to-day to create.
  • Be inspired by nature and working with new songwriters.
  • Find a deeper level of songwriting.
  • Make connections with people that can help your career.

How do I get selected for the Hit Songwriter Invitational?

Apply now! Applications are considered in the order received. Six participants will be chosen as soon as possible to accommodate travel plans. Applicants accepted after the 6 seat limit has been filled, will not have to reapply and will be automatically invited to the next ‘Hit Songwriter Invitational’.



Free to apply below. July 22 is the application deadline for August 2018 retreat.

Get Selected

Get Selected

Once your application is received, our team reviews your music and will get back to you as soon as possible with your status.



Selected applicants receive info by email on how to register. 50% deposit reserves your seat.

$1650 Registration Fee by July 23.

$1450 Early Bird Reg. by June 30.

Apply to Hit Songwriter Invitational

Email us if you have any problems with this form.

Event Brochure

Detailed overview of the event including dates, location, address, schedule of events, songwriter bios, the application and registration process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter what genre I write in?

No. These pro songwriters are terrific lyric and melody makers. They have had success in Country, Pop, Americana, TV/Film. If all you do is hip/hop...we believe our hit songwriters will do justice to the lyrics and melody in that genre too.

I just applied, when will I hear back?

If your application is successful, most often you will hear from the Nashville Cool! team in about 2 weeks. Due to the number of applications we receive, this process may take longer. If you don’t hear from us by July 23, your application has been unsuccessful this time, but please resubmit when you have new songs.

Where can I get overnight accommodations?

Cactus Creek Barn is located 19 miles from the I-40 Dickson Tennessee exit. There are many hotels near I-40, and a number of charming B&B's located even closer to Cactus Creek Barn. List of places. Overnight accommodations are not included in the registration price.

How do you select who participates?

We work to find the best unsigned singers and songwriters possible. All the songs listened to by our diverse team of reviewers, ensures that there is no bias. 

I've been selected to participate, now what do I do?

If you receive a “Notification of Acceptance” you will need to confirm your seat with a 50% deposit is within 3 days of notification. Instructions on how to pay will accompany your notification. Balance due by July 23.

What is the refund policy?

Registration Fee refunds will be given for cancellations by July 22. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations on or after July 23.

Are meals included in the cost?

Meals are provided as part of the registration package. Let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
Continental Breakfast: 7-9 am
Lunch: 1-2 pm
Dinner: 5:30-7 pm

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