USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION
*** DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION!
2008 USA Songwriting Competition's deadline is fast approaching. Winning
songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with
great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000.
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~WAYS TO ENTER:
Enter online here with your MP3 and/or lyrics:
Or snail mail entries, please obtain the entry form at:
Or enter using Sonicbids here:
*** ENTRY/ENTRIES CONFIRMATION
Please do not e-mail us to confirm your entries as this will slow down our
administration process. If you are sending songs via snail mail, please
note that you will get an e-mail confirmation only after the songs have
been processed by our data entry department which does take time
considering thousands of entries coming in all at the same time. However,
if you wish to get an immediate confirmation, I would strongly suggest
that you enter your songs online and you WILL receive an immediate
confirmation. You may enter online at http://online.songwriting.net or
at Sonicbids at: http://www.sonicbids.com/usasong
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*** USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION WINNING SONGS ON RADIO
Acoustic Café radio show airs the winners of the 2007 competition every
week this month in May:
~David Francey (2007 USA Songwriting Competition, First Prize winner,
Folk) has his winning song "Ballad Of Bowser Macrae" the aired last week
on Acoustic Café radio show. Additionally, he was featured as "One to
Watch" for May '08.
~Jordan Zevon (2006 USA Songwriting Competition, First Prize Winner, Pop)
was interviewed and his song featured last week on Acoustic Café radio
~Steve Tannen (2001 USA Songwriting Competition, Overall Grand Prize
Winner) of The Weepies has his song "Can't Go Back Now" aired this week
and on the 1st week of May on Acoustic Café. His group "The Weepies" is
signed to Nettwerk Records.
~Greg Tannen (2001 USA Songwriting Competition, Honorable Mention winner)
has his song "Vegas Baby" aired on Acoustic Café.
XM Radio will be airing the winning songs of 2007 competition. Stay tuned
for details in the next e-mail newsletter. Meanwhile check out XM's XMU:
** TOP WINNERS OF THE PAST YEARS OF USA SONWRITING COMPETITION
Many have contacted us wanting to hear the top songs of the past years.
Here are some clips of the past years top winners:
2002 - Jag Star (Band) featuring Sarah Lewis - "Mouth":
2003 - Gabriel Mann - "Lighted up":
2004 - Patrice Pike, Wayne Sutton, Sean Phillips & Darrell Phillips - "My
Three Wishes": http://www.myspace.com/patricepike
2006 - Vikki Simpson (of the Waifs) - "Bridal Train" written by Vikki
Simpson, recorded by The Waifs here (please select the Song "Bridal Train"
at the audio panel): http://www.myspace.com/thewaifs
2007 - Ari Gold - "Where The Music Takes You", written by Ari Gold, Joe
Hogue 'JOJOHO' & Sean Petersen : http://www.arigold.com
2008 - ......We're waiting for your song entry, the winner may be YOU! So
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PAST WINNERS & FINALISTS' UPDATES
*Simon Spire (2007 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Award
Winner) was signed by Sony/BMG and his album "All Or Nothing" will be
released in July 2008.
*Ari Gold (2007 USA Songwriting Competition Overall Grand Prize Winner) is
nominated for a NewNowNext Award. The first annual award show on LOGO TV
airs on Saturday, June 7 '08.
*Kate Voegele (1st Prize Winner Pop, 2005 USA Songwriting Competition) is
currently touring with multi-award winning Pop group "Hanson". She is
currently signed to MySpace/Interscope Records, her album is out. She
remains the youngest first prize winner of the USA Songwriting Competition
at 18 years old at that time of her win.
*Pepper MaShay (2005 First Prize Winner, Dance/Electronica) appeared as a
panelist at Winter Music Conference along with USA Songwriting
Competition's event director Eddie Phoon and producer Jason Klein on March
25, 2008 in Miami Beach, FL.
*Darrell Scott appeared as a panelist at ASCAP's I CREATE MUSIC EXPO on
April 10 to 12. Darrell Scott's song "Good Ol USA" (first prize winner of
the country category in 2005) was released by Faith Hill's album in 2006.
*The Wailin' Jennys (2004 & 2005 Finalist in USA Songwriting Competition)
won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for "Contemporary Release of the Year" for
their album "Firecracker", it was released by Red House Records.
~Were you a past winner or finalist of the USA Songwriting Competition
and have some interesting news on yourself? If so, please e-mail us at:
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MUSIC CONFERENCES, FESTIVALS & WORKSHOP PARTNERS
~NXNE '08, Toronto, Canada, June 12-15, '08
~Summer NAMM Show, June 20-22, '08 Nashville Convention Center, Nashville,
~The 16th Annual Cutting Edge Music Business Conference; Workshop and
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Weeks Left to Submit to Play Atlantis 2008:
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~WOMEX 08: 29 Oct - 2 Nov '08 in Sevilla, Spain
*** HOW TO WRITE HIT MELODIES, Part 3, by Molly-Ann Leikin
When I write a song, I always write the melody first, one note at a time.
While I have limited chops as a keyboard player, I do hear melodies in my
head. I keep a recording device of some kind with me all the time - in my
car, in my purse, next to the bed, even in the shower - so that whenever I
get an idea for something, I just record it, la la la'ing. Sometimes I
even call my voicemail, and sing to myself. I constantly revise the
notes, going over and over and over them. You may work differently, but
just remember that songwriting is a process, and what comes out in the
first draft is just that - a first draft - and usually needs several more
to reach the finish line. I'm lucky because I feel a little click in my
gut when I know something I've written is finished. But I don't have
anything to do with chords or programming until much later.
After writing the single notes of the chorus, I work backwards to write
the individual notes of the verse, again, one note at a time. When I am
finally happy with both the verse and the chorus, I go looking for the
chords to put around them. That way, I'm not inhibited by my lack of
musicianship or intimidated by the technical aspects of programming. I
just write the song. Once the melody's down pat and the lyric I write to
the melody clicks and I have the chords that go around the notes, then I
start thinking about "how do I hear this produced, what instruments do I
feel, what record on the radio sounds like what I'm going for." But it
all starts with the individual notes of the melody. I know from working
with so many talented, developing writers that they start with too much
ambition and too much technology and not enough bare simple note-by-note
creativity. So if you find your melodies aren't as strong as you would
like them to be, or that the marketplace requires, then I suggest you try
some version of my way of writing songs and adapt it to your personality.
When you change the process, you can change the result.
© 2008 Songwriting Consultants, Ltd.
~Molly-Ann Leikin (rhymes with bacon) is a song marketing consultant in
California, who, for a modest professional fee, works one-on-one to help
you find the right writing partner and then helps you market your finished
work to all the right people. A Eurovision finalist (American Idol in
Europe), Molly is the author of "How to Write A Hit Song, Fifth edition",
(June, 2008) from which this article is excerpted, and "How to Be a Hit
Songwriter", both published by Hal Leonard. She has a house full of gold
and platinum records plus an Emmy nomination, has written themes and songs
for over four dozen TV shows and movies, including "Eight is Enough" and
"Violet" that won an Oscar. From the USA and Canada, you can reach Molly,
toll-free, at 800-851-6588, or from anywhere in the world, at
www.songmd.com. Please note: Molly does not accept unsolicited material.
© 2008 Songwriting Consultants, Ltd.
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Influential New York City radio station WFUV (90.7 FM and wfuv.org) will
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Samm Brown's "For The Record", a weekly radio program on KPFK 90.7 FM, is
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Meat Hooks firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been a DJ at KFJC in Los Altos Hills, CA since 1999 and will get
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Hans Kuiper/ Gijs Muller email@example.com
We feature independent music, originally produced programs, soundscapes,
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WBMB Baruch College Radio, 87.9 FM The Biz
55 Lexington Ave. Ste. 3-280, New York, NY 10010
Gina Alioto firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring all styles of music.
WNCW - Isothermal College
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Martin Anderson email@example.com
We're always looking for new Americana, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and World
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We're one of the most diverse and popular stations in Wisconsin.
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Please send us your promo CDs. We play all genres of music, however we
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*** BLUEBIRD CAFE SHOWCASE PICTURES
Many thanks to Doak Turner who hosted USA Songwriting Competition showcase
in Nashville, see pictures here:
*** IAMA Featured Performing Artists Spotlight
Featured Artists of the Month are:
~Katy Pfaffl (1st Prize, Best Female Artist, 4th Annual IAMA)
~Karen Lynne (Runner Up, 4th Annual IAMA)
~Abbie Barrett (Runner Up, 4th Annual IAMA)
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