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saturday songwriting sessions
Apr 28-29, 2023

Connect and co-write with signed songwriters!

During your first meeting with a publisher, do you know what question he or she will ask you? Who do you cowrite with?  


Your answer needs to include songwriters signed to publishing companies.


Why? Because publishers know that great songwriters write with other great writers.


But once a songwriter is signed to publishing company, it's hard to get in that camp!


We started the Saturday Songwriting Sessions to create the connections unsigned songwriters need to level-up their career.


This program is for you if…

  • Every week you put in the effort co-writing, or

  • You have lots of indie artist cuts, or

  • A songplugger believes in your music enough to pitch your songs, or 

  • Your songs have high streaming counts, or high social media views, or

  • Signed songwriters consistently invite you to play in their rounds

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About The Organizers

Learn more about these two industry professionals helping songwriters.

Debbie Zavitson

Nancy Deckant

Program Overview

This program will be held at a private gated location in Mt. Juliet, TN location just outside of Nashville, Tn. Over 2 days you will...

  • Connect with 6 songwriters signed to major publishers

  • Have 2 cowriting sessions (1 signed writer and 2 unsigned writers/session)

  • Meet 11 awesome unsigned songwriters

  • Participate at a writers round and guitar pull

  • Have plenty of time for connection and conversations

  • Be in-person (no Zoom)

  • Stay at the Mt. Juliet location for an additional fee (limited space)


​Friday Apr 28 Commodore Grille/Holiday Inn Vanderbilt

6pm Meet & Greet

7-10pm Writers round


​Saturday Apr 29 at Mt Juliet, TN location

  • 9-10am Meet for "Coffee & Convo"

  • 10am-1pm Cowriting Session #1

  • 1-2:15pm Catered Lunch provided on site

  • 2:15-5:15pm Cowriting Session #2

  • 5:30pm Light Dinner provided on site

  • 7pm Guitar Pull & Hang

meet The Signed Songwriters


Doug Johnson

Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy", Randy Travis's "3 Wooden Crosses"

Label Head Black River Entertainment

Lauren Hungate

Lauren Hungate

Ashland Craft’s “When a Cowboy’s Heart Breaks". Signed to Chromatic (Topher Brown) and Concord 


Jacob Hackworth

Bailey Zimmerman's #1 Billboard "Rock And A Hardplace"

Signed to Goat Island/Boom

Don Henry

Don Henry

Grammy Winning Song of the Year  Kathy Matea's "Where've You Been" Miranda Lamberts' "All Kinds Of Kinds"

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Marti Dodson

Saving Jane's Gold Single "Girl Next Door", "Super Girl", Prevously with BMG, Signed to Kobalt 


jason saenz

Jason Saenz

Little Big Town's "Mr. Sun", "Tornado", "Pain Killer" and Gavin DeGraw's “She Sets The City On Fire”

Singed to Sheltered Music


Overnight stay available on a limited basis.


Private, gated, secluded estate farm on over 85 acres! This peaceful stay offers a heated pool, outdoor fire pit, outdoor dining, grilling area! 

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: March 12, 2023 

Full Price: April 2, 2023



Location: Mt Juliet, TN (address 1 week before event)

Save These Dates: 

Early bird Application Deadline/Selection Notification

  • Sunday Mar 12 / Mar 20

Full Price Application Deadline/Selection Notification

  • Sunday Apr 2 / Apr 10

Participant Orientation, Q&A

  • Tue Apr 24 (5-6pm central)

Participant Meet and Greet & Writers Round

  • Apr 28 evening 7-9pm central (location tbd)

Saturday Songwriting Sessions

  • Apr 29, 9am - 5:30pm central


Early Bird: $797

Full Price Registration: $1097

Friday-Sunday AirBnB Stay: Additional $200 (Room for 5)

Pay by Zelle or credit card. If you choose to pay by Zelle, there will be no additional fee. However, if you choose to pay by credit card, a 3% fee will be added to your total payment amount.

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1.  Prepare a link to 3 songs on SoundCloud, Songspace, Dropbox, etc. OR If you're in Sooner's Community: use your Music List.

2. Apply: ($20).

3. Receive email with your acceptance status 7 days before the program begins. If selected, you'll receive additional details and a payment link ($).

Application Deadlines

We give a preference to Early Bird applications. Those who wait till the last day may not get in.


Early Bird: March 12, 2023 

Full Price: April 2, 2023

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Apply Here!

You'll need a SoundCloud, Songspace, Dropbox, Box, Disco (any link) to 3 of your best songs.


Which signed songwriters will I write with?

On the application form, you can enter your top 3 picks. We will do our best to give you 2 you have requested. 

Can you tell me more about the location accommodations? I'm hoping to stay.

Check in Friday at 3pm, check out 11am Sunday. You'll share a room with other participant(s) and have your own bed (see pics). Full kitchen and nearby stores. Cost: $200.

I don't live in Nashville, when will I know if I'm selected? 

Sign up by the Early Bird deadline. Notifications 7 days after deadline (March 20). Another thought is, just plan to come to Nashville that weekend no matter what happens.

Upon selection notification, what does it mean to be "waitlisted"?

If there's not enough room in this group, you'll be invited to the next group with no need to apply again.

What is orientation about?

Some dos and don't, pitfalls to avoid, as well as answer any question you might have.

What if I can't pay by Zelle?

If paid by credit card, a 3% fee will be added.

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