Millions of songwriters/musicians access free mental health services through The Road to Nashville

Dr. Shamender Talwar advises a project participant.

Dr. Talwar and Mayor Cooper at the launch of The Road To Nashville.  Credit: Office of Mayor Cooper

Dr. Talwar and Mayor Cooper at the launch of The Road To Nashville. Credit: Office of Mayor Cooper

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson at the launch of Road To Nashville in Liverpool, UK

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson at the launch of Road To Nashville in Liverpool, UK

Front: Nashville Vice Mayor Jim Shulman joins Dr. Shamender Talwar at the Metro City Council meeting for the "Unit Microphone" presentation.

Front: Nashville Vice Mayor Jim Shulman joins Dr. Shamender Talwar at the Metro City Council meeting for the ‘Mic of Unity’ presentation.

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The Road to Nashville program saved my life.

– North of England EP, participating in The Road To Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, September 26, 2022 / — “I’m a single parent musician with the current situation of surviving in a post COVID world. When this offer came up, I was very intrigued as to how it would work, but once I contacted the team and submitted my song, I had a wonderful person who held my hand through the process. Mental illness can spread at any time. With all the pressure to pay the bills and feed my family, my mental health was in turmoil. But thanks to the free sessions, which are priceless, The Road to Nashville program saved my life and more importantly my daughter’s life too,” said EP from Northern England , participating in The Road To Nashville.

With the rise of mental health issues becoming more prominent in global news headlines, The Road to Nashville: Liverpool International Song Contest ensures that the creative community is not left behind. Founded by The Unity of Faiths Foundation (TUFF) through a partnership between the mayors and city councils of the cities of Nashville, TN, and Liverpool, UK, The Road to Nashville provides free access to mental health professionals for any person requesting it.

Since its launch in May, 21,411 artists have submitted nearly 22,421 songs representing talent from 35 countries. Of those who submitted a song, more than 3,345 musicians opted for mental health services and counseling. Submissions closed on August 31 and the top 10 finalists will perform live in front of the judges in Nashville at Legendary EXIT/IN on John Lennon’s birthday on October 9, 2022.

Listen to the songs that were chosen as top 50 out of over 22,000 submissions here:

To learn more about TRTN or to donate, visit

“It is an honor to have partnered with the Mayor of Liverpool to shine a light on mental health awareness in the music industry,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper. “In addition, The Road to Nashville International Song Contest received over 15,000 song submissions. But more importantly, more than two thousand artists have indicated they want access to a mental health professional through the Mental Health and Music Initiative. I am grateful that Nashville and Liverpool are bringing this topic to light.

“It is well documented that the pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s mental health, and it is extremely important that we do all we can to combat the spike in reported cases. I am proud that Liverpool is working with our sister city Nashville, TUFF and all The Road to Nashville partners to support musicians and songwriters around the world and make this project a huge success. – Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, UK

“In just over 3 months we have received an avalanche of submitted songs from all over the world, and offering free mental health advice is truly rewarding. I am proud of the bridge we have forged between our music cities, Liverpool and Nashville and the impact we have globally.- Jeff Syracuse, Nashville Metro City Council Member

“Mental illness is the new pandemic. As COVID-19 spread around the world, we saw connection and community fade from our lives overnight as we sheltered in place to reduce transmission rates. When our daily interactions were so drastically altered, we failed to consider the long-term impacts of that change. Mental health practices and equitable access to these therapies are imperative if we are to back to kindness, safety and security. We are so grateful to be able to support these musicians and songwriters through the help of amazing partners. We can’t thank the artists enough who have stepped up to share their own stories and struggles. We are so fortunate that through a partnership with Music Crowns we have been able to connect millions through their online platforms.” – Dr. Shamender Talwar, co-founder of TUFF

The Road to Nashville is teaming up with the following partners to showcase and support our 2022 competitors:

Liverpool City Council
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Visit the city of music
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Country Music Association
musical crowns
SAE Institute
The Cavern Club in Liverpool
Middle Tennessee State University
doorman call
Gaylord Opryland Hotels
Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Capitol View

About The Road to Nashville – Liverpool International Song Contest
The Road to Nashville 2022 grew out of the Liverpool International Song Contest 2020/21, aimed at tackling discrimination and stigma related to mental illness, specifically tailored to people in the creative sector. Created by TUFF (The Unity of Faiths Foundation) and supported by both the Nashville Metro City Council and the Liverpool City Council, the Road to Nashville 2022 competition kicked off with the #KIND20 global campaign. During the pandemic, TUFF’s global #KIND20 campaign has been a way to demonstrate and promote social inclusion and has reached 6.7 million people worldwide. From there, the Road to Nashville – Liverpool International Song Contest expanded to meet TUFF’s broader goals of empowering young people and promoting acceptance, equality and respect for other cultures.

Participants in the 2020/21 competition were invited to attend 23 workshops in the Liverpool City area organized by TUFFs Music division and led by TUFFs co-founders Anna Prior and Dr Shamender Talwar FRSA (renowned social psychologist) and Liverpool-based producer Daniel Xander BSc MA (Head of Music at TUFF). These workshops offered music and production training as well as one-on-one counseling with mental health professionals. In addition to the thousands of people who attended the workshops in person, TUFF also provided an online version for those unable to attend due to COVID-19, medical and/or mental health reasons. The 2022 Road to Nashville Competition offers the same support to musicians and songwriters who register for free mental health services and has to date provided mental health services and/or career life coaching to more than 2 300 attendees worldwide.

About TUFF – the co-organizer
The Unity of Faiths Foundation (TUFF) is a British secular charity active on four continents. TUFF connects community sectors, organizations and government in rebuilding social integration and global community cohesion. TUFF empowers young people through participation in sports, music and science, as well as teaching education in human values ​​such as individual freedom, gender equality and respect for other cultures. TUFF was established in 2011 and enjoys the support and recognition of many dignitaries including HH Pope Francis, HM The Queen and President Barack Obama, to name a few. The ultimate goal is to share kindness and facilitate the integration and empowerment of those people who have no voice, due to the many challenges and obstacles they face in their daily lives.

To learn more or donate to TUFF, visit:

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