From Liverpool to Nashville: SAE Institute Partners with the Liverpool International Song Contest

Liverpool and Nashville — Two cities, 4,000 miles apart, on opposite sides of the globe, are joining together to host an international Song Contest with a message. 

Widely known for its deep-rooted music history, Nashville, also known as “Music City”, is home to many famous music venues and attractions as well as countless well-known musicians who have come from, lived in, or had great influence in the city. 

Liverpool, the city that gave the world The Beatles, is also renowned for its musical influences and has its own lengthy tradition of music, as well as exciting venues that have welcomed well-known artists and emerging stars alike.

With both cities being heavily influential in music culture, it’s easy to understand why the two would come together for a joint initiative to advocate for a great cause.

The ‘Road to Nashville’ Liverpool International Song Contest is a seven-month project beginning in May (which is Mental Health Awareness month) that aims to advance mental health awareness, support musicians and songwriters, and promote diversity and understanding through music. 

Inspired by John Lennon’s song “Imagine”, the contest “is a vehicle used to tackle discrimination and the stigma of mental illness, providing support for those most in need and developing a bespoke mental health service infrastructure specifically tailored toward those in the creative sector.”, according to the official contest provider, The Unity of Faiths Foundation or ‘TUFF’.

Musicians and songwriters are encouraged to submit their own original song now through July 31, 2022, for a chance to be selected as a finalist and perform in front of judges in Nashville on October 9th, which also happens to be John Lennon’s birthday.

The official launch for the project was kicked off on May 9th from the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The event was held via Facebook livestream with the help of SAE Institute Nashville campus student and faculty volunteers who assisted with the setup and production of the livestream on site.

SAE Institute is excited to be an official partner of the event along with SAE Institute UK, and proud of the hard work by students and faculty who were an integral part of the launch event.

SAE Institute Nashville Campus Director, Shannon Meggert says, “We were thrilled to be selected to partner with these important organizations for such an impactful cause. Working alongside the City of Nashville and our international counterparts has already been so rewarding. We look forward to helping spread positive influence and mental health awareness through this international song contest.” 

For more information about the contest and TUFF, visit or check out the official Song Contest page on Facebook. If you’d like more information about the programs at SAE Institute Nashville, get in touch with us on campus directly at 615-244-5848 or visit us online at

Our Partners:

The Unity of Faiths Foundation

Liverpool City Council

Nashville City Council

Visit Music City

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

SAE Institute UK

Cavern Club Liverpool



Photo Credit: Dani Irizia