Great American Song Contest
SURVEY OF SONGWRITERS
songwriters, we understand the value of winning a prestigious
songwriting contest. We want to receive positive recognition
for our work and find opportunities in the music business.
songwriters, we also know that some songwriting contests
are far better than others.
heard that some big contests screen thousands of songs without
even consideirng them thoroughly. We don't like the idea
of paying high entry fees just so one person can win a big
why the Great American Song Contest was
PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST:
TO PROVIDE A CLEAR BENEFIT FOR EVERYONE WHO ENTERS
by Songwriters Resource Network, the annual Great
American Song Contest offers a positive alternative
to Big-Cash-Prize competitions.
Great American Song Contest is based on the philosophy that
a good song contest should be less about money and more
about providing real opportunities for songwriters. (See
This Contest Is Best)
addition to excellent awards and prizes, the Great American
Song Contest is designed to offer advantages for every songwriter,
composer and lyricist who enters.
the first year of our songwriting contest in 1999, many
songwriters who participated told us the Great American
Song Contest was the best competition they had ever entered.
(See Songwriter Testimonials below.)
WHAT SONGWRITERS ARE SAYING
ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST
say the Great American Song Contest has exceeded my expectations
would be an understatement. Everything was handled very
professionally, the caliber of judging was impressive &
the results were more than I could have hoped for."
— T. Douglas Bush, San Diego CA
offer a wonderful song contest. The low entry fees &
song evaluations make it an easy choice. It's really a great
idea." — Connie Maxwell,
Kill Devil Hills NC
you so much for a great songwriting contest that's so helpful
and encouraging to new songwriters." —
Don Campfield, Mishawaka IN
WE SPONSOR A SONGWRITING CONTEST —
A BRIEF HISTORY
When the idea of a songwriting contest was first discussed
at Songwriters Resource Network, everyone agreed we should
sponsor a contest ONLY if it provided real benefits for
was decided we should do a survey of songwriters, lyricists
and composers to find out what kind of songwriting event
SURVEY OF SONGWRITERS
To create the best possible songwriting contest, SRN conducted
a survey of songwriters from all over the U.S. and Canada.
Below are the results, the comments and the suggestions
we heard most often.
First of all, some songwriters questioned the value of the
large commercially oriented music competitions.
I think the big song contests are often more interested
in making money than helping songwriters," said a songwriter
from Texas. "I think some songwriting contests just
use a lot of hype to get tons of entries. A few people win
but everyone else gets zero benefit."
"Some big song contests seem more like song lotteries,"
commented another songwriter. "It seems like writers
pay costly entry fees only to end up paying for the big
cash prizes for a few lucky winners."
writers who is the past participated in other songwriting
contests questioned how thoroughly their songs had been
heard that some song contests will often only listen to
the first minute or so of the songs," said one Michigan
songwriter. "If songs are not even listened to completely,
how fair is that?"
would really be helpful to get critiques from judges,"
said a songwriter and lyricist from Tennessee. "I entered
one songwriting contest and they didn't even confirm my
entry. They didn't give me any feedback about my work. All
they did was cash my check."
A BETTER SONG CONTEST
The songwriters we surveyed offered the following recommendations.
be just another big-cash-prize competition trying to
attract thousands of entries
on Quality and Not Quantity
multiple awards & prizes in each category
a wide range of song and music categories
songwriters with evaluations from qualified judges
songwriters get heard in the music business
entry fees low
recommendations were the basis for the first Great American
Song Contest, which was launched in 1999. The event soon
became a hit with songwriters around the world.
1999, we've added contest categories and many well-known
music industry professionals to serve as judges. (See
& How Songs Are Judged )
awards & prizes in all categories —
a total of 50 awards, 5 in each category
entries receive a respectful and complete review
entries receive a written evaluation from a contest judge
contest participants are notified upon receipt
of their entries
TOP INFORMATION LINKS
& Entry Form
NOTE: This international event is open
to songwriters, lyricists & music composers around the
learn more about Great American Song Contest winners and
their songs, click
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