"Nashville Rising Star is not only a great way to connect with other songwriters. It’s a great way to get connected to people in the industry! My song got me to the final round and two of the music industry judges there ended up becoming my publishers, Lynn Nichols and Phil Madeira. I’m so grateful for all the hard work they put into this great contest!"~~~ Emma Brooke

Host venue for Nashville Rising Star Series 10
Kings Cool Springs-Franklin - The Whiskey Room Live-Franklin
Cool Springs Galleria
1910 Galleria Blvd #120
Franklin, TN 37067

Directions: Click Here for directions

For more info, visit our Events Page.

Please read ALL of the information so you understand how registering for Nashville Rising Star works. Please read the EVENT RULES before registering!


We will make available up to 10 paid, guaranteed slots at each of the 10 open-mic rounds. This will assure those who may be coming a long way, or only able to attend 1 or a few rounds will be able to perform their song at the Prelim Round they want to attend.

You can sign up for any of the preliminary rounds at any time. To guarantee your performance slot, click the "Add to Cart" button below to remit the funds via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account to remit funds. You can use any credit card). Guaranteed slots are $25. After purchasing, you will be redirected to our sign up page. When we have 10 guaranteed performance slots filled for any prelim round, we will not accept more.

NOTE: If you do not arrive at the venue by 7:30 to check in, your name will be removed from our guaranteed performance slot list. No refunds are given for guaranteed performance slots under any exception, even if there are 21 or less songwriters and all are able to share their song. We have no control or knowledge concerning how many show up to compete until 7:30 the day of the prelim round.

NOTE: You do not need to pay to perform your song at Nashville Rising Star unless you want to have your slot reserved and guaranteed. We will have 11+ non guaranteed performance slots that will be available at each of the 10 open rounds. The number of non guaranteed performance slots depends on how many reserve a guaranteed performance slot.

Reserve your slot by clicking the yellow button to remit payment via paypal.

Registration Info

1- Letting us know you plan on attending here on our website, or as a walk-in signing up at the venue the day of the round DOES NOT guarantee you will be selected to perform your song during the contest unless you opt to purchase a guaranteed performance slot. (See Above).

Filling out the form below ahead of time lets us know you are interested in competing and considering attending. (FYI: 30% who sign-up ahead of time do not show up at the actual round) This is why we cannot hold/reserve slots unless they are a guaranteed performance slot. It's not about when someone signs up, its about how many check in at the event. (See #3 below for more info why).

2- Those who let us ahead of the event to tell us they plan on coming, or who walk-in to the venue the day of the round need to BE AT Kings Bowl - The Whiskey Room Live, and SIGNED UP/IN with us by 7:30PM. We cut off signups/sign-ins at 7:30PM SHARP. (no exceptions) Also, only register if you are able to come back to our semi-final round and final round.

3- We have time for 21 songwriters/songs at each preliminary round. Up to 10 of those slots are paid guaranteed performance slots. If a total of 21 or less sign in with us at the venue by 7:30PM, then EVERYONE who signed in (either paid guaranteed performance slots or non guaranteed performance slots) with us by 7:30PM gets to share their song! If 22 or more sign in with us at the venue by 7:30PM, we will conduct a random drawing to see who performs their song, after it is determined how many songwriters check in who have a paid guaranteed performance slot.

We'll draw the final 3 slots (Round 7) right before the last round. All who registered and checked in with us by 7:30 and who were not guaranteed performance slots or selected for the first 6 rounds are eligible for the final drawing. If we draw a #/name and they are not in the venue when we draw the final 3 names, we'll keep drawing until the 3 writers for the round are selected.

4- You can register for any preliminary round you want at any time. You do not have to attend all rounds, but if you want to come out to participate and hopefully compete in any or all rounds, you are welcome! Let us know via the form below.

5- Each of the 10 Preliminary rounds is a new event with new music industry judges and returning and new songwriters.

6- If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must register you for this event.

Let us know you plan on coming to share your song at any of our preliminary rounds.

Click HERE To Access Our Signup Form

Remember, letting us know you plan on competing does not guarantee you will be selected to share your song during the contest unless you purchased a paid guaranteed performance slot. It all depends on the final number of songwriters who show up and check in before 7:30PM at each preliminary round. See #3 above for more details. Your journey to winning Nashville Rising Star starts with YOU showing up!

Every songwriter who attends a round has an opportunity to share their song, whether it be during the contest, or after the round is over. After we complete the round, we'll have a regular open-mic where anyone who did NOT get selected to share their song during the contest can have stage time for at least 1 song! That happens at about 10:30pm.

Check out our EVENT INFO PAGE for helpful information on how to make your Nashville Rising Star experience enjoyable and successful!

If you have any questions, contact us via our Contact Page