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The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.


Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local Ad Club phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards - recognized as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage of the American Advertising Awards. Entry in the AAF Nashville American Advertising Awards competition is the first step toward winning a National ADDY.


Entering the American Advertising Awards supports the entire advertising industry, because the AAF and its local and district affiliates use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as public service, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education, and consumer awareness.


How to Enter

Visit and click on "ADDYS" in the upper right hand corner. You will be directed to the competition site to register as an entrant. Review the category list in this document or on these websites to find where your work should compete, and follow the simple drop down menus to enter your information. Make sure you credit the members of your creative team, so that they will be recognized properly in press releases and other AAF winner publications.


Entry Deadline and Drop Off

The deadline for entries is 6pm on Friday, January 10, 2020. Entries must also be dropped off at Athens Paper Company between 10am and 6pm on Friday, January 10, 2020. Athens Paper is located at 1898 Elm Tree Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37210.


Entry Fees

There is a substantial savings in entry fees for AAFN members. Some of the benefits of membership include: personal and professional development through regular meetings and workshops; networking opportunities; a voice in legislative issues; and member discounts on business related services.


AAFN Member Entry Fees:

Single Entry $105

Campaign $125

Non-Member Entry Fees:

Single Entry $145

Campaign $165


Method of Payment

When entering the competition, you may pay for them online by using any major credit card.  If you choose, you may also pay the entry fee at the time of submission. AAF Nashville accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa.  Cash, Cashiers Check, Money Order and Personal Checks are also accepted.


Eligible Markets

The following Middle Tennessee cities fall within the boundaries of AAF Nashville, and are eligible to compete in this competition. If your city is not listed, but is located within the boundaries of the cities listed, you are also eligible to compete. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please call the AAF Nashville office at 615-469-4040. The eligible cities/boundaries are: Nashville, Ashland City, Carthage, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dickson, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Sparta, Springfield and Shelbyville Tennessee.


Eligibility / Geographic Considerations

All work entered in The American Advertising Awards competition must have first appeared in the media between January 1 and December 31, 2018. With the exceptions of Public Service Advertising, Advertising for the Arts, and Advertising Industry Self Promotion categories, work entered must have been the result of paid creative services and media placement in the normal course of business (excluding student entries). Entries must be submitted in the CBSA, DMA or MSA where the work was created (as defined by Arbitron or Nielsen for your local market). In the event that there are entrants located in markets not served by a local ADDY affiliated show, the acceptance, processing, judging, forwarding and fees of those entries will be decided by the governing body of the district in which the entrant is located.


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Past Events


March 27, 2020

Get the Job Virtual Conference

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Virtual Event

March 23, 2020

Working Hard From Home vs. Hardly Working From Home

11:30 am - 12:30 am @ Online Webinar

March 10, 2020

Women in Advertising Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:30 am @ Sambuca

February 29, 2020

55th Nashville Advertising Awards Gala

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm @ Music City Center

February 28, 2020

PANEL: Makin' That Bread

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ FoxFuel Creative

February 27, 2020

PANEL: Talent & Brand Partnerships

8:30 am - 9:30 am @ FlyteVu

February 25, 2020

Student ADDY Awards Celebration

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Play Dance Bar

February 23, 2020

February 4, 2020

Super Bowl Ad Breakdown

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ OBP (Paramore)

January 31, 2020

Student ADDY Entry Deadline

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ FoxFuel Creative

January 10, 2020

ADDY Entry Deadline

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

January 3, 2020

January 3, 2020

December 19, 2019

Holiday Mixer

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ Zehnder Communications

November 12, 2019

November Luncheon

11:30 am - 1:00 pm @ redpepper

October 22, 2019

Trivia Night

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ Novatech

October 9, 2019

September 17, 2019

September Luncheon

11:30 am - 1:00 pm @ Sambuca

June 11, 2019

Ad Night with Burger King

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ Zehnder Communications

May 14, 2019

May Luncheon: Freelance Like A Boss

11:30 am - 1:00 pm @ Sambuca