The ASCAP Foundation Garth Brooks Country Music Songwriting Workshop

Monday, November 9, 2020


The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Country Workshop in honor of Garth Brooks is now accepting submissions.

The 2020 Workshop will be led by industry veteran and songwriter Bonnie Baker during a special virtual session focused on the development and education of promising songwriters.

This one-day workshop will cover the craft of songwriting, song structure, exploring creative collaboration and an overview of the music industry. There will be scheduled breaks and breakout sessions throughout.

How to apply: Writers interested in applying to The ASCAP Foundation Country Workshop must be current ASCAP members or unaffiliated and should submit the following to this email address: The submission deadline is November 9.

-Two original songs, in MP3 format or a link, with lyric sheets

-A brief biography

-Contact info: address, phone number and email

When: If selected, participants must be able to attend the session via Zoom on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm CT. There is no fee to participate, but participants must have access to a reliable internet connection.

About Bonnie Baker: After signing her first publishing deal in 1997 with a small boutique publishing company McSpadden-Smith, Baker landed her first cut “Ordinary Life” in 1998. The single rose to number one on the country charts, and Baker received her first of three ASCAP awards that following year. Her other chart-topping work includes “This Woman Needs” by SheDaisy, “My Sister” by Reba McEntire and “Invisible” by Hunter Hayes.

In February of 2020 Baker began teaching at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in the Recording Industry department. Commercial Songwriting: Gender & Identity is the class topic and has grown 120% since the beginning of the semester. And in 2021 she will be featured alongside many other female writers and producers in the documentary Invisible. The unreleased work documents individuals and their journey of being gay while being in the commercial music business with an emphasis on Nashville, Tennessee and the south.

Over the course of her career, Baker has worked with a diverse group of major artists including Rachel Platten, Zella Day, Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes, Chely Wright, The Static Shift, Reba, Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Emerson Drive as well as the bluegrass band Nu-Blue. Currently she has a small creative writing/production space on the east side of Nashville where she lives with her small but mighty family.