An entry fee of $25 payable digitally to American Songwriter is required with each entry. By entering, you agree that this entry fee is necessary to cover the processing and administration of the contest. You may enter as many songs as you’d like, and each entry requires a $25 fee. Only valid and public URL links will be accepted. Please double-check URL links before entering. American Songwriter is not responsible for issuing refunds based on broken or otherwise invalid links. We are not accepting MP3 files. You may enter a variety of recording styles, including demos, worktapes and finished masters. We require the song to be clearly audible in the recording. This is a song contest, based on lyrical and melodic values, not a singing contest. Songs will be evaluated based on lyrics, melody, and various other musical considerations. Songs WILL NOT be evaluated on recording quality, vocal prowess, or other similar values. We simply require that the recording clearly presents the song in its fullest light. There must be musical accompaniment to the lyric and melody. A cappella recordings are prohibited. You may enter online only, via americansongwriter.com. Refunds WILL NOT be issued under any circumstances.
The Contest is open to any amateur songwriter or band. American Songwriter broadly defines an amateur songwriter or band as an individual or entity whose personal income is not primarily from music-related sources (i.e. songwriting royalties, artist royalties, merchandise sales, live performances, synchronization licenses, record label advances, etc.). Employees of and independent contractors of American Songwriter and their immediate families or employees of sponsors (see section below) are not eligible. By submitting, you are agreeing that you are an amateur as described above and that you are not employed by or affiliated with any of the contest sponsors and that you have not received a W-2 or 1099 from Savage Media Holdings, LLC, ForASong Media, LLC, American Songwriter Magazine, LLC, American Songspace LLC, or Songspace, Inc. in the past two years. You represent and warrant that (a) all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information; (c) you are 13 years of age or older; and (d) your entry to the Contest does not violate any applicable law or regulation. If you are under 18 years of age, however, you must have permission and clearance to enter the Contest from your parent or legal guardian. Entry of the Contest is void where prohibited. First, second, and third place contest winners are notified by email address or phone number. If the chosen winners do not respond to American Songwriter’s notifications within seven (7) days, American Songwriter reserves the right to contact runner-ups and/or honorable mentions for the receipt of the First Place prize. International winners must pay any and all customs fees for delivery of prizes. All entrants will receive a three (3) month LiveXLive Plus subscription – valued at $11.97. Limited to one (1) subscription per person.
This Contest is a talent and skill-based business event. All entries are judged based on the merit of the overall songs (lyric & melody). All entries will be first screened by multiple professional songwriters contracted by American Songwriter, in conjunction with employees of American Songwriter. All contest entrants shall stay informed of the selection process via AmericanSongwriter.com site updates and via the daily e-newsletter, The Daily Co-Write. The Top 25 finalists will be announced on AmericanSongwriter.com and via e-news on December 10. The Top 25 finalists are turned over to a group of top music industry professionals and accomplished songwriting peers (see Judges Panel) who then narrow the finalists down to the Top 3 Winners and 10 Honorable Mentions. The Top 3 will be notified via e-mail and phone, Honorable Mentions will be notified via email, and all results will be posted on AmericanSongwriter.com and announced via The Daily Co-Write on December 15. If the chosen winners do not respond to American Songwriter’s notifications within seven (7) days, American Songwriter reserves the right to contact runner-ups and/or honorable mentions for the receipt of the First Place prize. International winners must pay any and all customs fees for delivery of prizes. Entrants who did not place in the Top 3 or 10 Honorable Mentions will not receive individual notifications but will be notified via e-newsletter. The always popular annual Holiday Bonus: “100+ More Songs We Absolutely Love” from the Song Contest, will roll out on December 20.
The parties shall attempt in good faith to resolve any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement promptly by negotiation between persons who have authority to settle the controversy. Any party may give the other party written notice of any dispute not resolved in the normal course of business. If not resolved, any dispute, claim or controversy (i.e., contractual, tort, and/or statutory) arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, including the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, shall be determined EXCLUSIVELY by arbitration in Nashville, Tennessee before one arbitrator. The arbitration shall be administered by either AAA or JAMS. This Agreement and the rights of the parties hereunder shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee, exclusive of conflict or choice of law rules. Void where prohibited.
The $10,000 1st Place cash prize, the $1,000 2nd Place cash prize, and the $500 3rd Place cash prize will be delivered via physical check by January 15, 2022. Video consultation calls with selected record label and music publisher will take place before March 31, 2022. Contact with music publisher will take place before March 31, 2022. All additional prizes will be fulfilled by January 31, 2022.
The deadline is December 1, 2021, at 11:59:59 (CST)