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.
This Contest is a talent and skilled-based business event. All entries are judged based on the merit of the overall songs (lyric & melody). All entries will be first screened by one or more professional songwriters and/or employees of American Songwriter. The Top 35 songs will be posted/featured on AmericanSongwriter.com on a TBD date in November 2020. All contest entrants should stay informed of the selection process in November via AmericanSongwriter.com site updates and by joining American Songwriter’s daily e-newsletter, The Daily Co-Write. The 35 finalists are then turned over to a group of industry professionals (see Judges Panel) who will then select 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 or before December 1, 2021 (Date Subject to Change). Entrants who did not place in the Top 3 or 10 Honorable Mentions will not receive individual notifications but will be notified via email.
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.
The $10,000 1st Place cash prize and the $1,000 2nd Place cash prize will be delivered digitally via PayPal, or a mutually agreeable payments platform, by December 31, 2021. Video consultation calls with selected record label and music publisher will take place before March 31, 2022. Martin Guitars will ship products to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners by January 31, 2022.
The deadline is October 31, 2021, at 11:59:59 (CST)