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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Bill Anderson Premieres New Music Video “Old Army Hat” Worldwide on Veterans Day

Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Member, Bill Anderson, premiered his new music video “Old Army Hat” on Veterans Day –Tuesday, November 11— exclusively on CMT Pure, CMT.com and the CMT Artists App.

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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Jim Weatherly To Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame June 12

Jim Weatherly, 2006 inductee to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame June 12, in New York City at the organizations 45th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.

 

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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Garth Brooks Announces World Tour for 2014

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member and country icon Garth Brooks announced that he is set to return to the road for a world tour in 2014.

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About The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation

 The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the songwriting legacy that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community. Its purpose is to educate, celebrate and archive the achievements and contributions made by members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to the world. 

The Foundation is governed by a 13 member board of directors. Each year the organization inducts a minimum of three songwriters, with an occasional special induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

It was announced in October 2012 that the future home of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will be permanently housed in the Music City Center, Nashville’s new 1.2 million-square-foot convention center that will open in Spring 2013.  The Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby adjacent to Sixth Avenue (facing Demonbreun Street) and will consist of two elements. The actual Hall of Fame inside the Music City Center will feature graphic displays and artifacts as well as a state-of-the-art interactive, digital exhibit. Outside the Music City Center’s Hall of Fame lobby will be a “Songwriters Square” complex, consisting of an exterior plaza and stair-step walkway that will be engraved with the names of Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members, the year they were inducted, and the title of their most well-known compositions.

 

A Brief History of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

[Note: Since the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation originally began as an entity of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, it is necessary to examine the common history of both organizations.]

The brainchild of songwriters Eddie Miller, Buddy Mize and Bill Brock, the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSA) held its first organizational meeting on Dec. 6, 1967, at the Old Professional's Club on 16th Avenue South. About 40 writers attended, including Marijohn Wilkin, Kris Kristofferson, Clarence Selman, Johnny Scoggins, Rusty Adams, Eddie Sovine, Felice & Boudleaux Bryant, Liz & Casey Anderson, Tommy Floyd and Eddie Miller.

By October of 1968, the Nashville Songwriters Association was chartered by the state of Tennessee as a non-profit organization.The first official NSA board members were Liz Anderson, Boudleaux Bryant, Tom T. Hall, Ted Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Vic McAlpin, Bobby Russell, Glenn Sutton, Glen Tubb, Bob Tubert and John Bucky Wilkin.  They elected officers Buddy Mize (President), Eddie Miller (Vice President), Johnny Scoggins (Treasurer), Marijohn Wilkin (Secretary) and Clarence Selman (Sergeant at Arms). 

In 1970, the board voted to establish the Nashville Songwriters Association's Hall of Fame.  A credentials committee unanimously selected the first 21 writers, who were inducted into NSA's Hall of Fame on Monday, October 12, at the Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt during the first annual Hall of Fame Banquet and Ceremony. With about 50 people in attendance, Biff Collie emceed as Gene Autry, Johnny Bond, Albert Brumley, A.P. Carter, Ted Daffan, Vernon Dalhart, Rex Griffin, Stewart Hamblin, Pee Wee King, Vic McAlpin, Bob Miller, Leon Payne, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, Redd Stewart, Floyd Tillman, Merle Travis, Ernest Tubb, Cindy Walker, Hank Williams and Bob Wills were inducted.

In April of 1976, NSA added “International” to its name to become NSAI.  In June of 1977, NSAI opened a Hall of Fame in the lower level of the association's office building at 25 Music Square West.  A "temporary" home until the day a proper Hall of Fame could be constructed, the office began a 30-year practice of housing Hall member artifacts and memorabilia, including original hit song manuscripts. 

On April 11, 1986, the International Songwriters Foundation – established by charter to house the NSAI Hall of Fame, library, archives and museum – elected Chairman Joe Talbot and its founding board of directors at its inaugural meeting at BMI.  On March 2, 1992, the ISF changed its name to the Nashville Songwriters Foundation (NSF).  On Dec. 5, 2006, the NSF changed its name to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF). 

Today, induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is one of the nation's highest songwriting honors. Established in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame boasts 188 members, including songwriting luminaries such as Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Don & Phil Everly, Flatt & Scruggs, Vince Gill, Harlan Howard, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams Sr. and Hank Williams Jr. 

It was announced in October 2012 that the future home of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will be permanently housed in the Music City Center, Nashville’s new 1.2 million-square-foot convention center that will open in Spring 2013. The Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby adjacent to Sixth Avenue (facing Demonbreun Street) and will consist of two elements. The actual Hall of Fame inside the Music City Center will feature graphic displays and artifacts as well as a state-of-the-art interactive, digital exhibit. Outside the Music City Center’s Hall of Fame lobby will be a “Songwriters Square” complex, consisting of an exterior plaza and stair-step walkway that will be engraved with the names of Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members, the year they were inducted, and the title of their most well-known compositions.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will become the first of its kind to emerge from a virtual existance to a physical location.

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