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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!


17th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES

The Great American Song Contest features awards for 50 winners in 10 categories and provides $10,000 in Prizes. Entrants receive written song evaluations from music-industry judges, including publishers, music producers and recording artists. This international event is open to songwriters, lyricists and composers around the world and sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted educational resource for songwriters everywhere. Submission deadline is November 20, 2015.
For details, visit: http://www.GreatAmericanSong.com

2014 GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST WINNERS:

Kevin Beadles won top honors for his original song "This Might Get Loud." First-Place category winners were Jodee Lewis for "In the End" (Americana/Folk); Ryan Gelber for "Dangerous Mix Of Chemicals" (Adult Contemporary); Paul Pelc for "Magnolia Mae" (Singer-Songwriter); Lauren Brombert for "Once Bitten (Never Enough)" (Rock); Justin Froese & Nancy Montgomery for "Finally Here" (Christian/Gospel); Jason Afable & Paul Stephens for "Just Pretty" (Country); Lou DeAdder & Leo Sullivan for "Aftermath" (Instrumental); Denyse Tontz for "Mr. Hipster" (Pop); Debra Gussin & Don Grady for "Don't React" (Special Category Music); Cody Qualls for "Focus On Your Rap Game" (HipHop/R&B) and Martin Robley for "Ships" (Lyric Writing).

You can hear these winning songs on the Great American Song Hall Of Fame at: http://www.greatamericansong.com/hall-of-fame.php
THE UC-VISION SONG CONTEST 2015 - CALL FOR SONGS!

The UC-Vision Song Contest is looking for unsigned original songwriters and, ultimately, the song we like the best. Open to all ages and genres, with industry judges from across the globe, the entry fee is $20 per song (or only $10 per song for students), with a Grand Prize of $10,000 to the winning song. There is also a People's Choice Prize of $1,000 up for grabs. Open for entry now, songs will be accepted until September 15th, 2015.

Enter at: www.canberra.edu.au/uc-vision-song-contest
TIPPERARY INTERNATIONAL SONG OF PEACE, TIPPERARY, IRELAND

The Tipperary International Song of Peace Contest will take place in Tipperary Town, Ireland during October 2015. The Contest is now open for the acceptance of entries. So what kind of song is Tipperary Peace Convention looking for? Well a song of Peace, Love and Harmony, about people, places or things, in fact anything that one feels constitutes a 'Sense of Peace'. The organizers are most anxious that the contest embraces all musical tastes so all genre of music is welcome. Entries must be submitted on a compact disc with one copy of the type-written lyric. The entry fee is €25(euro) or equivalent amount in your own currency. The closing date for entries is September 14th, 2015. From the entries received, 10 songs will be chosen to compete 'live' in the Grand Final in Tipperary Town, Ireland in October 2015.

The winning song will receive a cheque for €1,500 (euro) and a specially commissioned Crystal Award. Entry Forms are now available from the Contest Secretary, Martin Quinn at martinquinns@eircom.net Telephone enquiries to: 00353 87 6101628.
2015 DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONG CONTEST OPEN FOR ENTRY : DEADLINE SEPT 30

The DSA 2015 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all: Country, Pop/Rock/RandB/Alternative, Americana/Folk/Bluegrass, Christian/Inspirational, Love Songs/Easy Listening, Children's/Novelty, Singer-Songwriter and Instrumental. See Contest Rules for eligibility. Now accepting Submissions 7/1/31 through 9/30/2015. Click here for more info about this contest, and for more information about joining DSA (membership not required to enter contest). Click here
CALL FOR ENTRY - SCUGOG TRIBUTE SONG WRITING CONTEST

The Scugog Council for the Arts is looking for 3 Songs in any musical genre that will show us what you love and enjoy about Scugog, Port Perry and environs. There is no fee to enter. Each winner will debut their song at the 6th Annual Mayor's Gala for the Arts on Tuesday November 5, 2015. So if you cannot attend the Gala, please don't enter. Each of the three winners will receive $500. For more details and THE RULES please go to http://scugogarts.ca/site/singersongwriter-contest/ then click on Entry Form and Rules here
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
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
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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