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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!
16th 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. The event is open to songwriters, lyricists and composers around the world. Sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted educational resource for songwriters everywhere. Submission deadline is November 20, 2014. For details, visit: http://www.GreatAmericanSong.com
2013 GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST WINNERS:
Don Clarke & Kalla Bremer won top honors for their original song "The Long Walk Is Over." First-Place category winners were Jonas Friddle for "Man Was Make to Fly" (Americana/Folk); Ryan Gollogly for "Almost Famous"
(Adult Contemporary); Dave Gunning & George Canyon for "These Hands" (Singer-Songwriter); Chase Manhattan & Night Argent for "Immortalized" (Rock); David Haley Lauver for "Mary Saw the Angels" (Christian/Gospel); Scott Stevens for "We Grow Up" (Country); Johnny Vanderlip "I Know A Secret" (Instrumental); Machine McKee "Too Damn Beautiful" (Pop); T. Edwin Doss for "Gonna Be A Blue Elvis Christmas" (Special Category Music); Jutes for "Plastic Smile" (HipHop/R&B); and Mark Stepakoff for "Memory Museum" (Lyric Writing). You can hear these winning songs on the Great American Song Hall Of Fame at:
2014 NEWSONG SINGER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE AND COMPETITION: REGIONAL DEADLINE SEPT 8
Now in its 13th year, the NewSong Contest is one of the premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters in the world. This November 15, twelve finalists will be invited to New York City to perform and showcase in the NewSong finals at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, one of the premier performing arts venues in the world. There, one artist will be selected our grand prize winner and will receive the following: A fully-funded recording project with producer and musician Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense), which will be recorded and mixed at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC and released on the NewSong Recordings label; A showcase performance at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival's ASCAP Music Café in January, 2015; A live performance on NPR Music's internationally broadcast Mountain Stage show; A future performance at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The upcoming deadline for our regional rounds is September 8 (Final Deadline: October 1). We've created a unique discount code for you that your community can use to save $5 on a single song entry, or $10 for two or more. To use the discount code, simply enter the following code at checkout when submitting your songs online at www.newsong-music.com. DISCOUNT CODE: Muses-REG14
2014 DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONG CONTEST OPEN FOR ENTRY : DEADLINE SEPT 16
The DSA 2014 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. Accepting Submissions 7/1/14 through 9/16/2014.
Click here for more info about this contest, and for more information about joining DSA (membership not required to enter contest). Click here
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:
HACK THE BELLS
Hack the Bells is the world’s first remix competition for carillon. This project is an exploration in sound, vision, and performance that asks artists and new media visionaries to use the bells as they see fit - to hack the bells.
This project encourages artists, musicians, performers, and other visionaries to use the Campanile and/or the openly licensed Campanile audio and images from our library in their creative work. Works will be submitted to and reviewed by a jury of international artists, new media innovators, cultural curators, and academics. They will select a winner, who will be awarded a prize of $700 USD and an opportunity to have their work permanently acquired by the University of California, Berkeley, and the Anton Brees Carillon Library for public display and use. Three runner-up prizes will be awarded, totaling $100 USD each. No entry fee. Entries Due September 1, 2014.
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
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 (615-321-6096615-321-6096) 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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