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Please note: This page of contest listings is a free service provided to songwriters for their information. The Muse's Muse does not endorse any of these listings personally nor can it be held responsible if individuals listed here are not as they represent themselves to be. As per *any* submission and/or participation in an event or service you might consider, please research the organization carefully before getting yourself involved with them. Education is power! Good luck!
PODUNK SONGWRITING CONTEST
The 19th Annual Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival is again sponsoring a songwriting contest. Winners receive cash prizes and other amenities, including the opportunity to appear on stage during the August 6-7-8-9 Festival held in Hebron, CT. The winning song will also be aired on Bluegrass Café at WHUS-FM, the radio station of the Univ. of CT. In addition, the four finalists from the Band Competition are all required to learn and perform the winning song from the previous year’s Songwriter Contest during their own contest judging. The contest entry deadline is May 1, 2015. Rules plus an entry form can be found at the Podunk website, http://www.podunkbluegrass.com
INDIE INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST IS NOW OPEN!
The Indie International Songwriting Contest is a song competition to give recognition to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world, help develop their talent, and provide useful tools for developing the success of the artist. More than $77,000 in prizes awarded. Deadline has been extended to March 10th, 2015. Pop, Rock, Folk, Americana/Country, Instrumental, and Jazz/Blues genres open. Only accepting the first 150 entries! $30 for Basic Numerical Critique or for $10 more a Written Critique. Learn more at www.indieinternational.com
WILDFLOWER! PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST – NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!
The 2015 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest, featuring four $500 cash awards, hotel accommodations for finalists, and a chance to perform on the Courtyard Stage, is now accepting entries. Genres include Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Country, and Folk. This event is open to performing songwriters age 18 and older who must perform at the Wildflower! Festival in Richardson, Texas on May 16, 2015 if chosen as a finalist. Submission deadline is March 1, 2015 and only 300 entries are accepted. For details, visit: http://wildflowerfestival.com/singersongwriter.html or http://www.sonicbids.com/2015-wildflower-festival-performing-songwriter-contest.
UK SONGWRITING CONTEST - Future Music launches new Songwriting Competition!
UK Songwriting Contest: New for 2015, Future Music is launching a UK songwriting contest to find the best songwriters in the UK. The UK songwriting contest will provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to get their music heard and potentially get signed. There is also the opportunity to perform in a Grand Final showcase in London in front of A&R who work for the three major record labels.
So, if you think you’ve got what it takes and want your songwriting heard by music industry professionals, enter the songwriting contest here: www.songwritingcompetitionuk.com
2014 WINNERS OF USA SONGWRITING ANNOUNCED, 2015 COMPETITION BEGINS
Two teenage songwriting sister team Justine Dorsey and Kerris Dorsey from Los Angeles win Overall Grand Prize at the 19th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Kerris Dorsey breaks the previous record of the Youngest Overall Grand Prize winner at just 16 years old. The previous record was held by Sarah Lonsert, also from Los Angeles, 17 years old at that time in 2010.The song has just been signed to Walt Disney Music and appeared in the box office hit movie "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. In it’s landmark 20th year, the 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries from now till May 29, 2015. For more information, visit:
THE 11TH ANNUAL IAMA (INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS) KICKS OFF
The 11th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries, this awards competition is judged based on songwriting, performance & artistry. Win prizes in 8 different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada, featured on Acoustic Cafe, a syndicated radio program. You may also obtain the entry form at:
ENTER THE HYPE HUSTLE MONTHLY CONTEST FOR MUSICIANS - FOR FREE!
The Hype Hustle is contest a for musicians which measures online hustle over musical talent. The contest has a one month registration period and runs for the entirety of the next calendar month. Applications are free and are available during the registration month before the competition. HHP or Hype Hustle Points, are used to keep score, and are awarded for various ways of connecting with fans. At the end of the competition, those with the most HHP will be awarded prizes including professionally mixed and mastered singles, music videos, photo shoots, web sites, and viral marketing campaigns. Only 3 artists will win, but all artists will enjoy the publicity and and internet exposure the Hype Hustle provides for up and coming musicians. Official rules and regulations apply and and can be read HERE. Applications are FREE and available upon request firstname.lastname@example.org
DALLAS SONGWRITERS QUARTERLY LYRIC CONTEST
Lyricists! Here’s your chance to shine! Get recognition for your lyrical work. Winner receives a certificate and $50 cash.The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner's lyrics and judges critiques will be published in the DSA “Songwriters Notes” and on the DSA Website. Entry fee is $10 per lyric. Submissions ongoing.
Quarterly Entry Deadlines: Winter - March 31, Spring - June 30, Summer - September 30, Fall - December 31. For information on submitting: http://dsalyriccontest.blogspot.com/
AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE'S AMATEUR LYRIC CONTEST
Established 1984. One contest per issue, 6 issues each year.
Requirements: Send lyrics only. Lyrics must be typed and payment for $10 (per entry) must be enclosed. No limit per contest. Include an entry form with each lyric sheet submitted. Call for required official form (615-321-6096) or print it from our website. http://www.americansongwriter.com/ ~ Lyrics only, no cassettes or CDs.
Awards: A Martin guitar DX-1 with case, D'Addario strings to each contest winner. Top 4 winning lyrics for each contest reprinted in American Songwriter Magazine. Honorable Mentions are listed as well. Each issue features a Lyric Entrant Q&A as well. One overall winner per year receives airfare (from American Airlines) to Nashville and a demo session at Music City Music Productions.
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