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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!


THAT’S A CATCHY TUNE – “THE HOME OF SONGWRITING CONTESTS”

Get ready to experience a new and exciting songwriting competition that is totally different from all the rest! We’re launching our new site with nine limited seating contests and four of them are FREE to enter. Entry fees are only $25.00 and if your song is a winner, you get to choose your prize from 10’s of thousands of dollars’ worth of cash and fabulous gear, just look at our prize pages! Our contests are open to songwriters of all ages, from around the world.

That's a Catchy Tune has many unique features: like small limited seating contests that increase your chances of winning(200-500), like genre specific contests (all Rock - all Country etc), like random free entries generated by our automated system (enter your song and check your email often), like our innovative “choose your prize” awards program for the winners (the prizes are really incredible), like a judging system second to none (each song is reviewed at least 3 times by 3 independent judges), and now you can experience the competition and all the features of our site from wherever you are, just download our app…it’s easy…and it’s Free!

Experience all of this and more at: thatsacatchytune.com

PODUNK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL 2016 SONGWRITING CONTEST

The Podunk Bluegrass Festival has announced its 2016 songwriting contest. Winners receive cash prizes and other amenities, including the opportunity to appear on stage during the August 11-14 festival held in Hebron, CT. Entry deadline is May 1, 2016. Rules located at www.podunkbluegrass.com

Each year the festival also sponsors a band competition and these two events are entwined, providing some intangible perks to songwriters.

The top four competing bands in 2016 will each perform the winning song from the 2015 songwriting contest. Plus all semi-finalist songs are provided to all of the artists performing at the four day festival.
WILDFLOWER! 2016 PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST - NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

The 2016 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest, featuring four $500 cash awards and 6 $100 awards, hotel accommodations for 10 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 21, 2016, if chosen as a finalist. Submission deadline is March 1, 2016 and only 300 entries are accepted. For details, visit: http://wildflowerfestival.com/singersongwriter.html
THE INDIE INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST

The Indie International Songwriting Contest 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. Pop, Rock, Folk, Americana/Country, Instrumental, and Christian/Gospel genres are open! Accepting the first 150 entries in each genre. Deadline Feb 19th, 2016. $30 for a basic entry (numerical score) or $40 for a Written Critique by our pro judges! www.indieinternational.com
THE GLOBAL SONGWRITING CONTEST IS NOW OPEN!

Welcome to The Global Songwriting Contest, an annual international competition for musicians of all ages. Unlike other songwriting competitions, GSC is limited to only 1,000 entries, allowing you better odds of winning than any other contest. With an entry fee of only $25.00 per song, it is also the most affordable of its kind. GSC is open to amateur and professional songwriters of all ages around the globe. Realizing that the music business is very difficult to break into, our prizes are cash awards. The First prize is $10,000.00.

Our song contest will be ongoing; as soon as one ends we start another. Because entries are limited per contest, we expect to have several rounds of competitions per year, therefore awarding thousands of dollars to winners. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, melody, and lyrics (when applicable). Your songs may be entered in 12 of our categories.

Please visit us at: www.globalsongwritingcontest.com

THE 12TH ANNUAL IAMA (INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS) KICKS OFF

The 12th 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: http://www.inacoustic.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 info@hypehustle.com
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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