Enter The Music City Songwriting Competition

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We are currently accepting entries for the Music City Songwriting Competition.

The Music City Songwriting Competition is a Nashville-based competition open to amateur songwriters worldwide.  Entries will be judged on originality as well as compositional, lyrical, and melodic content; therefore a professional recording is not necessary.  Songs are open to the following categories: acoustic, adult contemporary, alternative, Americana, bluegrass, blues, Broadway, cabaret, contemporary Christian, country, folk, funk, jazz, Latin, pop, rock, singer-songwriter, and standards (no instrumental compositions).

All Contest Entrants will receive:

Contest finalists (Top 25) will receive:

  • Music City Songwriting Competition Certificate of Recognition
  • Music City Gift Bag

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Two (2) roundtrip air fare tickets (winner and one (1) guest) from the closest major airport to winner’s residence served by Southwest Airlines®, on published scheduled service (subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions; certain restrictions may apply), to Nashville, TN.
  • Transportation from Nashville International Airport to hotel and return from hotel to airport
  • 5 Nights at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel
  • $1,000 Cash Prize
  • Winner will be interviewed on Great American Country to run in a scheduled show
  • Winner will be interviewed by Storme Warren host of Great American Country’s Headline Country and Music Row Happy Hour on Sirius/XM Highway 59 Radio
  • Featured interview in American Songwriter Magazine
  • Winning song will be recorded during the taping of Sirius|XM Satellite Radio show, “Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits”
  • Winning song to be highlighted on Music City Radio, Nashville’s online radio station
  • Personalized Autographed Jana Kramer CD
  • Mentoring session with Jana Kramer
  • One hour mentoring session with a professional songwriter
  • Opportunity to receive a single song publishing deal
  • 1 Backstage Pass which offers complimentary admission for 2 to over 30 Nashville attractions
  • Nashville Music City Gift Bag
  • Showcase session at American Songwriter Magazine office
  • Jana Kramer
  • Mike Sistad
  • Butch Spyridon
  • Alex Torrez
  • Storme Warren
Judges will rate each song based on the following criteria: melody, composition, originality, lyrics and, most importantly, commercial appeal. Visit www.VisitMusicCity.com/Songwriter for bios on each judge and more information about the contest.  Good Luck!

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