Tuesday, May 25, 2010

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION (May 29 Deadline)

15th ANNUAL USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION


5/25/10


*** DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION (May 29 Deadline)

USA Songwriting Competition's deadline is fast approaching. Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada. Win an Overall Top Prize of over $50,000 in cash, music gear & more.

Sponsors of the 15th Annual Competition are: Guitar Player Magazine, New Music Weekly, Sony, Audio-Technica, Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Mackie, Presonus, Imageline Software, Acoustica, Sonoma Wireworks, Intellitouch Tuners, SongFrame Software, Rockstar Texting, Acoustic Café Radio Program, Livewire Contacts, AirplayAccess.com, Loggins Promotion, Superdups.com, Sirius XM Radio, Sonicbids & Broadjam.

~Hurry, all entries must be entered by May 28, 2010 or earlier.

Choices to enter:
*By mail, please obtain the entry form at:
http://www.songwriting.net/entryform

*Online here with your MP3:
https://online.songwriting.net

*You may also enter using Sonicbids here:
http://www.sonicbids.com/usasong



*** ENTRY FORMS IN 10 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES ONLINE

USA Songwriting Competition has added entry forms in more foreign languages due to the requests from songwriters and composers all over the world. We now have entry forms in languages of Japanese, Korean, Chinese (both simplified and complicated characters for China & Taiwan), Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and of course in English. Entrants can click through any of the languages from our homepage near middle right-hand side.



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*** USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION WINNING SONGS ON RADIO

~Songwriters Radio Podcast, Featuring current & past winners

Acoustic Café radio show will airs the winners of the 2009 competition every week this month in May: Darrell Scott (2006 Winner) was featured on the week of Week of 5/1/10. The DJ said Eric Colville, Anne Simoni. Melissa Greener and Kyler England will be featured later this month and next month.

Sirius XM Radio will be airing the winning songs of 2009 competition. Stay tuned for details in the next e-mail newsletter.

To see the complete list of winners of the past competition, please here:
http://www.songwriting.net/winners




*** PAST WINNERS & FINALISTS' UPDATES

*Stars Go Dim (2008 USA Songwriting Competition, First Prize, Rock/Alt) has released a video on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfBAoFGEVTA

*Steve Desjardins (2008 USA Songwriting Competition Finalist) has his song "MISS 4TH OF JULY" selected for a movie titled "AND THE WINNER IS", a political comedy featuring Jerry Springer.

*Mark Andrew Hansen, a 2006 finalist in the Instrumental category for his jazz-inspired piano piece ("Up and Away"), had his Piano Method Book published on Amazon which is based on his own unique style of playing ("Piano Chords & Pop Accompaniment the Easy Way")

*Kourosh Zolani, a finalist in 2003 USA songwriting competition, has released a music video, Memoirs of Sangesar, which has received international acclaim. Here is the link to the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeG8J9cGdiU

*Amelia Curran, 6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Finalist, Wins Juno Awards, Juno Awards, Grammy Equivalent. She received the Juno for Roots and Traditional Album Of The Year: Solo for "Hunter, Hunter" at the 2010 Juno Gala Dinner and Awards show at the St. John's Convention Centre in St. John's, Canada.

*Corb Lund, 2006 USA Songwriting Competition Finalist, Folk Category was nominated in the 2010 Juno Awards.

*Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (2005 USA Songwriting Competition, 1st Prize Winner, Children's Music) was nominated for a Grammy at the 2010 awards for their album "Banjo To Beatbox", Best Musical Album For Children category.

*Kyler England (2009 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner), Gabriel Mann (2003 USA Songwriting Competition Overall Grand Prize Winner) & Adrianne Gonzalez (1999 Overall Grand Prize Winner) formed a Pop group "The Rescues", were just signed to Universal Republic Records in Dec 2009.

*USA Songwriting Competition Featured on Premier Guitar Magazine's Latest Issue. Also, sign up for a free subscription to Premier Guitar magazine:
http://digital.premierguitar.com/premierguitar/201005_USASongwritingCompetition#pg2

~Were you a past winner or finalist of the USA Songwriting Competition and have some interesting news on yourself? If so, please e-mail us at:
info@songwriting.net




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** COMPILATION CD [sponsored by WWW.SUPERDUPS.COM]
"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 7" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD sponsored by SUPERDUPS.COM. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation. This CD is now out and features winners such as Sarah Lonsert, Eric Colville, Anne Simoni & more.

"New ACOUSTIC MUSIC Vol 6" - featuring winners and runner-ups of the 6th Annual IAMA will out later this year. Artists includes Liz Longley, Henhouse Prowlers, etc.

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** MUSIC CONFERENCES, FESTIVALS, AUDITIONS & WORKSHOP PARTNERS

~NXNE 2010 - June 16 – 20, 2010 - Toronto, CANADA

~Summer NAMM - June 18 - 20, 2010 - Nashville, TN

~Baybeats - Aug 20 - 22, 2010, (South East Asia's version of SXSW) Singapore, REP OF SINGAPORE

~Australian Music Association Convention Melbourne - Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2010

~WOMEX - October 27 - 31, 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark

~AES San Francisco / 129th AES Convention, November 5-7, 2010



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WOMEX - the World Music Expo/Copenhagen, Denmark / 27-31 Oct 2010. Made in Berlin and traveling in Europe : the last edition saw over 2,700 delegates from more than 90 countries, a full conference and a showcase festival presenting 57 acts on 6 stages.
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Songwriting Tips & Other Articles:

~Keep a Book or Recorder of Melodic Or Lyric Ideas

~Top 10 Most Influential Songwriters Alive

~Five Steps To Improve Your Songwriting

~Four Steps To Writing A Hit Chorus

~Seven Easy Steps to Write Hit Lyrics



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*** Interviews With USA Songwriting Competition Winners

~ Stars Go Dim, featuring songwriter & lead singer Joey Avalos, songwriter and lead singer of "Stars Go Dim" talks about songwriting and released a video on youtube.

~ Celeste Scalone won the 1st prize in the R&B category of the 14th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. She was also a semi-finalist on American Idol. She talks about how she writes a song and about her experience on American Idol.

~ Eduardo de la Iglesia, is from Spain. He won the 15th Annual USA Songwriting Competition in the instrumental category



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*** BLUEBIRD CAFE SHOWCASE PICTURES

Many thanks to Liz Miller who hosted USA Songwriting Competition showcase in Nashville, see pictures here and videos here


*** IAMA Featured Artists Of the Month Spotlight

~Angela Saini (Canada)

~Henhouse Prowlers

~Doug Spears

For more details of the featured artists, please visit:
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We at USA Songwriting Competition are sadden to hear about the floods in Nashville. Thanks to all of you that showed up at our Bluebird Cafe showcase for a complete full house!

Many thanks to Liz Miller, Ira Greenfield, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SOCAN.

...Jessica Brandon, Artist Relations ~~



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