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Texas Songwriter U Wants You

The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, in collaboration with Texas-born singer-songwriter Jack Ingram and The ASCAP Foundation, announce the 3rd Annual Texas Songwriter U (TxSU) discovery and development program. Panelists joining its 2016 workshop include American country music singer-songwriter, musician and music producer Radney Foster, and Liz Rose, American country music songwriter best known for her work with Taylor Swift.

Jack ingram

Jack Ingram

Texas Songwriter U is an annual songwriting competition, educational workshop and showcase event serving to identify, develop and support the best adult songwriters in Texas, while improving upon the quality and quantity of professional songwriting across our state. The program will return to Austin, October 26th – October 28th, 2016.

Texas Songwriter U now accepts application of all lyrical, musical genres into its 2016 competition. Songwriters have until midnight, Sunday, September 11th, to submit two songs via upload to

This year’s Texas Songwriter U winner will be awarded the following:

  • An opportunity to co-write one song with Jack Ingram
  • An opening for Jack Ingram at a concert or music festival of his choice, travel expenses paid.
  • A performance at the 2017 MJM (Mack, Jack & McConaughey) charity after-pick party
  • A recording studio demo session at The Compound Studio in Austin, Texas, or a TxSU-approved studio near the artist’s location, valued at $1,500.00.

“Texas has always produced more than its fair share of excellent songwriters over the years and many of them have moved on to make significant contributions to the music industry,” says Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association board member Michelle Johnson. “We are proud to be partnered up with Jack Ingram and ASCAP Foundation, working together to discover excellent young songwriters while keeping the art and craft of songwriting alive and well across the entire Texas music community.”

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Radney Foster

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and either have been born in Texas or currently reside within the state. Applicants can hold a current publishing agreement and TxSU will accept both self-published and co-written songs. A $25 processing fee is required of all contest applicants. The structure for judging individual songwriting talent will rely on industry professionals blindly rating each song.

Of special note, each applicant shall be entered into a raffle whereby one name will be drawn during the workshop and awarded a new Gibson Acoustic guitar, signed by Jack Ingram and Friends.

On Monday, September 26th, Texas Songwriter U will award its top eight finalists with an invitation to Austin, October 26th – October 28th. Here, finalists will participate in a two-day songwriting workshop and showcase performance led by award-winning songwriters Radney Foster and Liz Rose, and moderated by Jack Ingram.

“I love this business because I love every piece of making music, so it’s really easy for me to put my heart and energy into giving back to young songwriters,” says Ingram. “Writing songs is therapeutic, especially in the tough times when you’re figuring out who you really are, so I hope that I can offer some perspective to these young artists who are just starting out. We all know that Texas is rich with talent and characters–think about how much fun I get to have helping them tell their story.” 

Finalists will enjoy a two-night stay at Hotel Van Zandt, the boutique Kimpton hotel inspired by Austin’s prolific music scene. These eight finalists will perform a songwriter-in-the-round on Wednesday, October 26th at 8:00 pm, upon an in-house stage at Geraldine’s, the Van Zandt’s exclusive downtown restaurant.

On Thursday, October 27th at 8:00 pm, a Texas Songwriter U Showcase will highlight each finalist in a live music performance before a packed house in Austin’s premier listening room, The Saxon Pub. Texas Songwriter U will honor these finalists and each will perform during a two-hour in-the-round session alongside Jack Ingram, Radney Foster and Liz Rose.

The Texas Songwriter U Showcase will broadcast live from The Saxon Pub across KOKE-FM stations 99.3FM, 98.5FM and 1490AM.

The Texas Songwriter U workshop will take place on Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th. Workshop leadership will announce an overall winner at the conclusion of the 2016 workshop on Friday, October 28th.

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