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The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions — with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 “Song of the Year.” A portion of Contest entry fees goes to help support the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
You don’t need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Your songs may be entered in any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children’s. Instrumental compositions are encouraged.
George Clinton, The Black Eyed Peas, Prince Royce, 311 and Jim Steinman are some of the members on our Executive Committee of Judges
MEET THE JUDGES
This year, we’re giving away our biggest prize package yet totaling over $300,000.00! Every year, there are a total of 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 “Song of the Year.” Winners, based on their level of achievement, will receive studio equipment from Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Epiphone Guitars, Propellerhead, Neutrik, Genelec, Solid State Logic, SKB, IK Multimedia, JamHub, Mackie and Ampeg. The writer(s) of the “Song of the Year,” the highest honor bestowed in the contest, will receive a $20,000 check as well as an Alpha Channel from Solid State Logic, a Mackie prize package, iRig Pro & Total Studio 3 Bundle from IK Multimedia, SESAC Prize Package and a $1,000 gift certificate to Digital Media Academy.
In addition to the songwriting prizes, one band will win The JLSC Vans Warped Tour Prize presented by Neutrik USA and perform on Warped Tour for one week!
The Great American Song Contest is open to songwriters, lyricists and music composers around the world.
This annual event is designed for amateur and semi-pro songwriters only. Individuals who earn over $10,000 annually from song publishing royalties are not eligible.
An entry fee of $30 is required for each entered song. After the first two entries, the entry fee drops to $25 for each additional song.
If the same song is entered in multiple categories, each requires a separate entry fee.
This year’s submission deadline is EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 18, 2014. Online submissions must be received by this date. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by this date.
All entrants will be sent an entry confirmation and judging schedule when their songs are received and processed.
* WRITERS RETAIN ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR SONGS, LYRICS & COMPOSITIONS *
The Christmas 2014 Edition Of The Nashville International Song & Lyric Competition®
Grand Prize: $1,200 Cash & Prizes*
Including $500 cash and a full, 7-pc band demo
First Prize: $600 Cash & Prizes*
Including $100 cash and a full, 5-pc band demo
Award of Honor: $300 Cash & Prizes*
Including $60 cash and a guitar or piano-vocal demo
30 Director’s Awards, with $600 in Rebate Certificates
good on any new demo recording
PLUS: A Record Deal with StarTune Records
For the Top 3 Winners,
With Their Songs Placed on iTunes and Amazon.com!
*Added Cash Prizes For Early Entry By December 1st:
$200 Extra for Grand, $100 for First & $50 for Award of Honor!
Now’s the time to exercise your full creative talent to write an award-winning Christmas song, or search for some you’ve already written and send them to us.
Every year music publishers, major recording stars, record companies and radio stations go on a frantic search for Christmas songs. Why? Because these are songs that are like money in the bank. People love listening to them! They get played on radio and television over and over every year. Fans like to buy them over and over by their favorite stars. Christmas songs are timeless. And the stream of royalties they earn for their writers is endless!
A simple little song, “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer,” sent to Gene Autry in 1948, has been making its writers and their estates millions for over 65 years. And not just from song royalties, but from enormous fees for use of the Rudolph character for television, movies, books and toys. “White Christmas” has been going even longer. And a stupid song called “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” has been making its writer over $100,000 a year.
We’d like for you to be earning royalties and fees like that. So we’re looking for the best Christmas songs we can find, and making it worth your while to send them to us.
Send us your Christmas songs or lyrics now and get in the competition. Songs will be judged by professionals in the music business, so all entries — not just finalists — will automatically be heard by professionals who can get your songs to some of the best recording artists in the business.
The entry fee is only $20 per entry. Just enough to cover our postage, handling and administrative costs. But the rewards are so much more. Not only are the monetary awards great, but everyone who enters gets exposure to judges who can get songs to top recording artists and record labels. Some contests may list famous artists and top record label execs as judges, but the reality is such top people are far too busy go through 100’s or even 1000’s of songs for preliminary judging. They only get the top finalists. And they never look at lyrics alone, just complete songs. But at Paramount, the judges who go through ALL ENTRIES are pros who work daily to get songs to the decision makers. So EVERY entry stands a chance of getting pitched to the right artist at the right time!
This is a great chance for you to make it big with just one song. But you need to enter right away. Because, while the final deadline is December 31, 2013, there are EXTRA bonuses for entries postmarked or uploaded by Dec. 1st. (See above)
So hurry. Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime to get your Christmas songs or lyrics heard or seen and possibly recorded by a Star. And perhaps give birth to a Christmas song that could earn the fame and fortune of “Rudolph” or “White Christmas.” Don’t delay. Get your entry to us NOW, while it’s on your mind!
Some additional rules: All entries must be postmarked or uploaded no later than December 31, 2014 and received no later than January 15, 2015. Winners names will be available on our website by March 31, 2015.
The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is an opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Accepting entries until Feb 1, 2015
Since 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition®, the world’s leading international songwriting event, has been honoring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists everywhere. This is open to all, regardless of nationality or country origin.
*Winners are selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers, A&R from Universal Music, Warner, Sony Music, and other distinguished professionals. This is your chance to be discovered by the biggest names in the music business!
Our competition offers a shot at the big time for songwriters, original solo artists, and bands everywhere around the world. For you it is the contest that might just open the right doors, make the right connections and get your songs heard. Winning songs receive radio airplay! (the first for any songwriting competition!).
This is not American Idol – this is the professional songwriting competition that offers winners the clout that it it takes to really make it!