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.