RIAA, NSAI + Nashville's Bluebird Cafe Partner on Open Mic Nights

June 21, 2011

This week the RIAA and Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announced a new partnership to sponsor a weekly “Monday Open Mic” night at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe.  The new collaboration aims to bring Nashville’s music labels into an even closer industry relationship with the extraordinary cast of songwriters, performers and music publishers that regularly attend the Bluebird’s “Monday Open Mic” night, which welcomes songwriters who want to try out new material, meet other writers, become a part of the songwriting community and practice performing skills. 

Throughout the years the RIAA has been fortunate to team with some exceptional musicians and groups to raise awareness for the important work, and artistic endeavors, each undertakes.  Through our own “Listen and Learn” in-house concert series we have welcomed a number of remarkable singers and songwriters to our DC headquarters to speak about their artistic growth and career experiences.  Additionally, the RIAA’s Gold and Platinum Program awards remain the recorded music industry’s recognized brand for success, and each new plaque presentation offers a fresh opportunity to connect with bands and support their creative and commercial growth. 

This new partnership is another example of the music community pulling together to discover and celebrate American music’s rich heritage and support songwriters and recording artists.  We’re thrilled that it is taking place in Nashville, a city already legendary for the friendly and close relationship that exists within the different elements of its music community – making it Music City USA.
Photos by Bev Moser:

Songwriters Adam James, Blair Bodine and Dave Berg participate in Bluebird’s “Monday Open Mic” night on June 20 in Nashville

Adam James, Songwriter; Steve Bogard, President, NSAI; Dave Berg, Songwriter; Blair Bodine, Songwriter; Barbara Cloyd, Bluebird Cafe’s “Monday Open Mic” emcee; Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO, RIAA; and Erika Wollam Nichols, COO, Bluebird Cafe gather at the launch of RIAA, NSAI + Bluebird Cafe's new "Monday Open Mic" partnership