Road Ready Talent Contest - American Songwriter

Road Ready Talent Contest

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New Discovery Platform for Unsigned Talent

The Road Ready Talent Contest is looking for artists that have already showcased a unique ability to craft and perform powerful songs that can galvanize a community of fans.

Unlike the Lyric & Song Contests, Road Ready is a talent contest evaluating all aspects of the artist and the songs entered.

The goal is to find artists ready to hit the road and support major label artists. 

The contest is open to unsigned Bands, Singers, Rappers, Duos & Solo artists from anywhere in the world in any style of music not currently signed to a major record label or any of its subsidiaries. 

It’s vital to determine the ‘live’ performance abilities of each entrant. We highly recommend you to include a performance video as an additional entry to any produced songs you enter. 

Let our judges see you in action!

Offering Career Changing Opportunities

The prize package is designed to make an instant & material impact on an artists’ music career trajectory. 

The contest will conclude with three (3) finalists performing on stage at a historic venue in Nashville, TN as part of American Songwriter’s 40th Anniversary celebration. 

The overall Grand Prize winner will be announced to a ‘live’ VIP audience and awarded the resources & professional network to take their music and touring career to the next level.

Proceeds from the contest will continue American Songwriter’s commitment to help the next generation of music-makers in the form of charitable donations.

2024 Road Ready Prizes Include

1 x Grand Prize Winner

Get $20,000 USD in cash.

The contest will conclude with three (3) finalists performing on stage at a historic venue in Nashville, TN as part of American Songwriter’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

The overall Grand Prize winner will be announced to a ‘live’ VIP audience and awarded the resources & professional network to take their music and touring career to the next level.

The Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to sign a publishing deal.

Mentorship programs with A&R, Publishing, Booking, Management & More!

Win a 2-page feature in an American Songwriter Issue.

Be the featured artist on an upcoming American Songwriter Digital Cover.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a studio recording package at a legendary studio located in Nashville, TN. 

Elevated gear package that will empower creators.

Extensive customized PR campaign. 

Get magazines delivered to your door for one year. 

2 x Runner Ups

$5,000 USD in cash.

The contest will conclude with three (3) finalists performing on stage at a historic venue in Nashville, TN as part of American Songwriter’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

Runner-Ups winner will have the opportunity to sign a publishing deal.

Mentorship programs with A&R, Publishing, Booking, Management & More!

Be featured in an American Songwriter Issue.

Runner-Ups winner will receive a studio recording package at a legendary studio located in Nashville, TN. 

Elevated gear package that will empower creators.

Get magazines delivered to your door for one year. 

30 x Finalists

Be featured on American Songwriter’s website.

Get magazines delivered to your door for one year. 

Additional Prizes To Be Announced Throughout the Contest

Judges Include Top Music Industry Executives To Be Announced Soon!

Contest FAQs

When is the Deadline?

Deadline is May 13, 2024 at 11:59:59 (CST)

Do I maintain ownership of my song?

Yes! We do NOT claim ownership in the materials you submit in conjunction with the Contest.

Is the Contest International?

Yes! Submissions from any country are allowed.

How much does it cost?

$35 per song submission

Is production quality a factor?

Everything is a factor in a talent contest. Enter songs and video performances that best personify you as an artist. The more songs & videos you enter the better chance our judges have to evaluate your talent.

How do I submit my songs?

Copy and paste a public link to your songs into the form at checkout. They can be hosted on any platform: SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.

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