Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Postponed Due To Tornado, Coronavirus Fears

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announced that the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is being rescheduled due to the…


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March 6, 2020


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The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announced that the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is being rescheduled due to the aftermath of the deadly tornadoes in Middle Tennesee and growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“After heavy consideration, in light of the tornado this week as well as growing health concerns over the Coronavirus, we have decided to reschedule Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival to later this year, in the Summer,” NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison said in a press release. “We feel this is the responsible decision, and it is supported by Tin Pan venues and sponsors involved in the festival. We want to thank everyone who had planned to participate in or attend the festival, and appreciate the support in rescheduling it.”

The festival was originally scheduled for March 24-28, 2020. Artists and songwriters previously confirmed to perform during the festival include Carly Pearce, Ryan Griffin, Adam Hambrick, Brett James, Ashley Gorley, Jon Nite and many others.

A new date has yet to be announced. Fans who purchased Tin Pan South Fast Access Passes to the festival and/or registered for the Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar, the option to receive a refund or to transfer the passes or registration to the newly scheduled date will be available.

The news comes as confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe top 100,000. According to the current world tracker, the United States currently has 243 active cases of COVID-19.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.