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NSAI launches Southern Missouri Chapter, offers local songwriters opportunities to collaborate

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is excited to announce the launch of its newest chapter in Southern Missouri. Led by Sundi Jo Graham of Branson and Adam Carpenter of Springfield, the Southern Missouri chapter will provide local songwriters from the Springfield and Branson, Mo., areas, along with Harrison, AR, with opportunities to connect, collaborate and learn from industry professionals.

The Southern Missouri chapter will hold its first meeting on April 18 in Springfield, and meetings will alternate between Springfield and Branson, with the possibility of a Zoom option to accommodate members who cannot attend in person.

In addition to providing local songwriters with resources and opportunities, the Southern Missouri chapter will also participate in the Chapter Challenge 2023, a national songwriting competition open to all NSAI chapters. Every April, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosts the “NSAI Chapter Challenge.” NSAI members in local chapters across the globe have an opportunity to submit one prerecorded song at their local chapter meeting to participate.

Participants must be current NSAI members and “affiliated” with a chapter where they wish to attend and submit for the chapter’s April meeting. (“Affiliated” means you have joined a Local NSAI Chapter and receive information and participate in that chapter’s activities.)

"Joining NSAI has been instrumental in my songwriting journey," said co-coordinator, Sundi Jo Graham. "Through NSAI, I've had the opportunity to connect with other songwriters, learn from industry professionals, and gain exposure for my music. I'm thrilled to lead the Southern Missouri chapter and provide other local songwriters with the same opportunities that have been so valuable to me."

NSAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the rights and future of songwriting through legislative advocacy, professional development, and community building. NSAI offers its members a wide range of benefits, including networking opportunities, access to industry professionals, and educational resources.

The Chapter Challenge 2023 is open to all NSAI chapter members, and the submission deadline for the Southern Missouri Chapter is Friday, April 14, 2023. For more information on NSAI, the Southern Missouri chapter and the Chapter Challenge 2023, please visit

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