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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!
15th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!
Are you an aspiring songwriter ready to have your songs heard by established music-industry pros? The Great American Song Contest features awards for 50 winners in 10 categories, plus $10,000 in Prizes. All entrants receive a detailed evaluation of their songs from music-industry judges -- song publishers, music producers and recording artists. This highly recommended International event is open to Songwriters, Lyricists and Composers, and
sponsored annually by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted educational resource for songwriters everywhere. Submission deadline is extended to December 12,
For details, visit: http://www.GreatAmericanSong.com
THE 10TH ANNUAL IAMA (INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS) DEADLINE ENDS SOON
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: http://www.inacoustic.com
IN GAME SONG CONTEST NOW LIVE (EARLY BIRD ENTRIES ONLY $9.00)
Do you have a song or instrumental that you believe would work well as In Game entertainment for a Major League baseball game?
Maybe you have a high energy track that would work well during a rally to get the crowd fired up? Or possibly a fun, romantic tune that would synch well when the scoreboard flashes around the Kiss cam? How about a great entrance song when the home team takes the field? These and numerous other music situations during a baseball game will be featured in an In Game Song Contest that will run from October 15th, 2013 thru January 15th, 2014. In the spring of 2014, the contest will expand into football, basketball, and hockey. There will be cash prizes in addition to chances to be played at Major League ballparks and stadiums across the country. The website is www.ingamesongcontest.com.
 Note: Professional Sports Organizations cannot accept unsolicited material. This is similar to Major Record Labels in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles where they cannot accept unsolicited material. In Game Song Contest will have access to most Managers and Directors of In Game personnel through this contest vehicle only.
INDIE INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!
IISC is an annual 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. Contest are limited to 150 entries per genre so you don't get lost in the crowd!
Choose between a Basic Entry (numerical score) or for $10 more, a Written Critique on your song. IISC is in its 8th competition and has given away
more than $54,000 in useful prizes. Rock, Pop, Folk, Americana/Country, Instrumental, and Gospel/Christian genres are open!
Visit our website for more details.
SONGDOOR INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION
SongDoor offers songwriters an opportunity for their music to be heard by industry professionals with real connections to music publishing,
producers, artists and labels, and are judged by industry pros who have worked with Neil Young, Justin Timberlake, Tony Bennett, Britney Spears,
Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Fray, Train and dozens of other notable artists. Categories: Christian, Country, Instrumental, Pop, Hard Rock
and Soft Rock. The total awards purse is valued at more than $40,000 and includes a full-band session demo (recorded and produced on Nashville's Music
Row), a single-song publishing contract and more. The competition is open to amateurs and professionals worldwide, ages 16 and older.
Competition opens: April 15, 2013. ~ Entry deadline: November 15, 2013. ~ Entry fee: $10.
For complete details: http://songdoor.com.
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 email@example.com
YOBI SING ONLINE SINGING/SONGWRITING CONTEST - $25,000 PRIZE!
YOBISing is a year long, user generated and voted music contest that fits virtually every genre of music imaginable. This year round contest has a minimum of a $25,000 prize this year, and the winner will be selected from the users of the YOBISing site. Entries are made by logging on to any of the YOBI.tv Contest web pages located at http://yobi.tv/ and uploading a video of their music submission. The content of the video must meet the TV13 requirement as set forth by YOBI. After the initial 35 weeks of voting for semi finalists, the semi final rounds will occur, in which 15 semifinalists will compete until a winner is chosen. Contest Entries are accepted at all times of the year, and the more submissions we have, the more money that will make its way into the YOBISing prize pot. Be sure to signup at YOBI, then enter the YOBISing Season Three Contest here: http://yobi.tv/yobising/contests/enter/yobising_contest
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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