Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Warner/Chappell brought out a few of Music City’s best songwriters Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) for a #FightToWrite songwriters round, to help raise awareness and support for fair songwriter royalties and copyrights. Warner/Chappell writers Brett James, Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton and Nicolle Galyon performed an intimate, in-the-round set at Nashville music venue The Listening Room.
“What we want is a free market,” NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison told the packed house, to enthusiastic applause. “We want to be able to set our own prices, because those songs are worth it.”
Warner/Chappell Nashville’s Executive VP Ben Vaughn recalled being invited to Washington, D.C. with Herbison, Miller, and Galyon. “I was fired up about it. You go to Washington with Bart Herbison, and you’re rolling with congressmen. NSAI is an amazing, unique organization that we need to support in Nashville. We spend our days working with great songwriters, so I encourage you to get involved with NSAI.”
Miller, a songwriter and president of NSAI, was among those to testify recently on behalf of songwriters at one of several congressional hearings in Washington, D.C. in June. A video clip of his testimony was shared Tuesday evening before the writers finished their set. Those hearings will aid in crafting changes to copyright law, which will affect business models, the amount digital services will pay for music licensees, and the royalty rates that will be given to songwriters and publishers.