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The Hit Songwriter Invitational

3 of Nashville’s best known professional songwriters Chris Wallin, Justin Wilson and Matt Warren are offering to write with selected unsigned songwriters August 9-11, 2019.

Over the weekend enjoy 3 co-writing sessions and form relationships with songwriters and industry professionals.

An A&R executive will be on-hand for a weekend finale writers round to listen to your songs and offer feedback.

PROWriters Aug 2019

Pro Songwriters

  • Chris Wallin's #1 Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink", "People Loving People" Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry...
  • Justin Wilson songs Michael Ray “Kiss You In The Morning”, Randy Houser's “We Went”...
  • Matt Warren's songs Gary Allen's #1 "Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain", Robert Randolph/Darius Rucker "Let Love Do What It Do"...
Montgomery Bell State Park

Montgomery Bell State Park

  • Enjoy Montgomery Bell State Park on Lake Acorn.
  • Stay at the cabin with private bed/bath and full kitchen.
  • Dine at The Forge Restaurant.
  • Lodging included in price of the weekend.
Summary HSI Aug 2019

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 great songwriters and people who 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’.



Fill out the form below to apply.

You'll need an mp3 or link to your song and lyrics doc, pdf, txt, etc.

Submit Song

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 link by email to register. 50% deposit reserves your seat.

$1990 Early Bird Registration by June 28.

$2290 Regular Registration balance due by July 19, 2019.


Apply to Hit Songwriter Invitational

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Event Brochure

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What's included and what does it cost?

3 co-writing sessions, play for A&R, lodging is included. You'll share a cabin with a co-writer, have your own bed/bath room.

Cost: Early Bird Registration deadline June 28 is $1990; Regular Registration by July 19 $2290.

What do meals cost?

Each participant is responsible for their own meals. There's a full kitchen in every cabin or dine at the restaurant.

Hours and Prices at The Forge Restaurant
Breakfast: 7 - 10 AM, $8.25
Lunch: 11 AM to 2 PM, $8.95-11.95
Dinner: 5 - 8 PM $14.95- $16.95

Does it matter what genre I write in?

No. These pro songwriters are terrific lyric and melody.


Who is this event for?

Songwriters with co-writing experience that do not have a publishing deal.

I just applied, when will I hear back?

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. 

How do you select who participates?

We work to find the best unsigned songwriters possible. All the songs listened to by our diverse team of reviewers ensures there's no bias. 

I've been selected to participate, now what?

If you receive a “Notification of Acceptance” you will need to confirm your seat with a 50% deposit is within 3 days of notification.

What is the refund policy?

Registration refunds cannot be issued for cancellations on or after July 19, 2019.


Travis Smith

Travis S, Participant

"The best part of the weekend for me was being able to network with hit songwriters and other songwriters."

Dave Pahanish

Dave Pahanish, Pro

"I got some really good and pitchable tunes and met a few other writers I hope to collaborate with in the future!"

Victoria Banks

Victoria Banks, Pro

"Made some great connections with the fellow Pro-writers and Stephanie [Warner A&R]. Also was very impressed by a couple of the participants...That was time well spent for me career-wise!"

Joe Hanson

Joe H, Participant

“The best part of the weekend was forming real friendships with the Hit Songwriters...hearing the backstories of their music journey really hit home and inspired me more than ever to have faith and keep pursuing my music dream.”

Jeremy Michael

Jeremy M, Participant

"I feel the invitational was a great opportunity to find out where I am as a writer and to get to write with new writers."

Kelli Johnson

Kelli J, Participant

"What an amazing weekend, and what talent!! I’d love to write with any of the songwriters again!!"

Jordan Umbach

Jordan U, Participant

"I believe this retreat helped me become a more concise writer. It made me realize the importance of building a song off of the hook."

Dallas Remington

Dallas R, Participant

"It was just an amazing experience with amazing writers and I would love to do more of these retreats in the future."

Ken Moulden

Ken M, Participant

"It was great!"

Tyler Madden

Tyler M, Participant

"I did not expect to write so many GOOD songs. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the writes I was a part of."

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