The Big Music Year Challenge

By Shane Sweeting on Dec 02, 2014 in Songwriting - 0 Comments

Durham, NC: Today, I hereby announce the beginning of The Big Music Year Challenge and invite all to join me. This challenge was inspired by the 2011 comedy film entitled The Big Year starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin. The Big Year chronicles three bird enthusiasts as they dedicate themselves to their passion by competing to set a record for spotting the highest number of bird species in a single year.  Likewise, I decided to dedicate myself to my passion for music by creating this quest to submit music to as many songwriting contests possible within a year.  

The Big Music Year Challenge will coincide with my third business year and will start today as I celebrate my daughter Savvy’s birthday, December 2, 2014. Since she is the inspiration for this company, I thought it would be appropriate to launch on the day that I became Savvy’s Daddy. All details of the contests I encounter over the next 12 months will be pinned to the official Pinterest page for Savvys daddy music. Additionally, I will share my progress and document my creative process on my Youtube channel.


Finally, I will conclude The Big Music Year Challenge by distributing the mastered projects for fans and followers to enjoy. The instrumental compositions that I create will be some of the first musical tracks made available for licensing by way of the Savvy’s Daddy Beat Store.

I must admit, my lofty goals are somewhat overwhelming, but to quote Nelson Mandela; “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”  That said, here’s to planting my mustard seed of faith, fertilized by melody, rhyme, a few chords and the truth.

Here are 9 contests that I’ve researched thus far:

  1. The International Songwriting Competition | Dec 4, 2014
  2. John Lennon Songwriting Competition | Dec 15, 2014
  3. The 16th Annual Great American Song Contest | Dec, 18, 2014
  4. Nashville Int’l Song & Lyric Competition | 12/31/2014 Christmas Edition
  5. The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest | Feb 1, 2015
  6. SongDoor’s International Songwriting Competition | Apr 15, 2015
  7. 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition | May 29, 2015
  8. The 12th Annual IAMA (Intl Acoustic Music Awards) Competition | Fall 2015
  9. 2015 NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association Intl) Song Contest | Fall 2015

Are you familiar with these 9 contests? Could you recommend a 10th contest? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below and share your experience with songwriting, and/or musical competition as a whole.

#TBMYC | #savvysdaddy

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