Win a Publishing Contract from Secret Road: Announcing the 2nd Annual “Pub Deal”


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American Songwriter supports contests and competitions that help artists and music creators of all levels, because every career is different. Whether you’re fresh off the bus in Nashville, writing in your bedroom in Kansas, or a Tin Pan Alley pro, taking your career to the next level is a challenge every writer faces. A Publishing Deal can be that next step.

We’re excited to announce that leading music licensing, publishing and management company Secret Road has teamed up with music technology startup Songspace and world renowned instrument maker Martin Guitar to present the 2nd annual “Pub Deal,” a contest to win a one-year, $20,000 publishing contract, open to songwriters and artists of all genres.  

In addition to taking home a non-recoupable $20,000 advance, the winning artist will work with Secret Road throughout the year to build their repertoire and market their songs for licensing in film and TV.

PRIZES: 25 finalists will be announced and featured on  This group will be narrowed down to 5 who will be invited to participate in an exclusive audition process that includes interviews with Secret Road’s staff as well as co-writing sessions with their songwriters.


  • Publishing contract with LA-based Secret Road Music Publishing for one-year.
  • $20,000 / year salary which is non-recoupable (meaning the salary won’t reduce any royalties you can earn).
  • Signed to the roster of Secret Road, a music licensing, publishing, and management company that has placed songs in such highly rated television shows as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood,” and “Pretty Little Liars,” and in such films as “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Something Borrowed,” and “No Strings Attached.” Additionally, Secret Road artists have provided music for a wide range of brands, including or Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Target and Google.
  • Featured in American Songwriter Magazine

“We’re passionate about creating new and exciting opportunities for our Secret Road family of artists and writers,” says Head of Publishing, Josh Sarubin.  “We’re thrilled to have this platform and opportunity to tap into the undiscovered talent of Nashville and beyond.” 

“We are excited to continue our partnership for the second year with American Songwriter and Songspace on their new Pub Deal contest with Secret Road Music Publishing.The singer/songwriter continues to be a part of our DNA”, said Amani Duncan, VP of Brand Marketing, Martin Guitar. “Throughout music’s history, countless songs were created on our instruments so playing a role in discovering the next great songwriter is a natural fit for us.” 

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“We’re always looking to create opportunities for the thousands of talented artists using our app,” says Jesse Feister, Songspace Director of Strategy & Operations. “Breaking in to the music industry isn’t easy. Part of our mission is to work with brands and music companies to help great artists get their shot.”

Entries are open to songwriters of all levels not currently under contract with any other publishers.  Each songwriter or band must submit at least 3 songs and enter information about themselves through the contest platform to be eligible for entry.

The submissions period runs from  Feb 27th – May 31st.


 Check out the 2013 Pub Deal winner, Elise Davis, now in her second year as a staff writer with HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc. in Nashville, TN.

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