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USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION
*** FREE KEYBOARD MAGAZINE Deadline FOR 12th ANNUAL USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Celebrating our 12th consecutive year, the USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting
entries! Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with
great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000.
Sponsors of the 2007 Competition are: New Music Weekly, Keyboard magazine, Sony,
Audio-Technica, Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Sam Ash Music Stores, IK Multimedia,
Hear Technologies, Mi7.com, Indie Bible, Garritan Music Software, Acoustic Café Radio
Program, Livewire Contacts, AirplayOnly.com, Loggins Promotion, Superdups.com,
Sonicbids.com and XM Radio.
Also, there's FREE 12th ANNIVERSARY early entry bonus: first 1,000 entries postmarked by
March 30 or earlier will each receive a FREE Keyboard magazine subscription (1 full
year!). That's great value of getting music magazine subscription just by entering! Last
few days to get this special gift.
Ways to enter:
*For the regular entry form, please go to: http://www.songwriting.net/entryform.html
*Enter online with your MP3 files (Powered by Sonicbids): http://www.sonicbids.com/usasong
Special Offer for USA Songwriting Competition
Get a FREE seminar on DVD!
Disc Makers presents Achieving Success with Your Music: Hard-hitting tips
on Marketing, A&R, Record Labels, and more. To get your free copy, visit
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*** 2006 WINNING SONG
Many have asked where you can listen to the top winning song "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
*** PAST WINNERS & FINALISTS' UPDATES
*Ari Hest (2002 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention winner) was signed to
Columbia Records. He was featured in the March 2007 issue of the Electronic Musician
magazine. His songs have received radio airplay throughout United States.
*Aruna (2005 USA Songwriting Competition - 1st Prize Winner, Pop) had her song
"Saving Grace" placed on MTV's "The Hills".
*Silje Nergaard (1999 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention winner) had her album
released by Universal Music. Her album "Darkness Out Of Blue" entered the charts
in Norway in the first week after its release at number 3. Silje is one of very few
Norwegian artists to have been commercially released all around the globe, on most
continent and major music markets including Brazil, Germany, USA and the United Kingdom,
and doing so with great success and phenomenal feedback.
*Amelia's Dream (2000 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) had their
music T.V. and Film such as: The Disney /WABC Family TV FILM "Everything you
want" and on Major motion picture film "Miners Massacre" featured the
Amelia's Dream's song "Footprints".
*Pepper MaShay (2006 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Dance/Electronica
Category) is a World Renowned artist in the Dance charts. She is known for her hit song
"Dive in the Pool" Produced & remixed by Barry Harris (Thunderpuss) Nervous
Records/US 2000, and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts on Sept. 23, 2000.
"Dive" is also the #2 Billboard "Club Play" Song for the Year 2000.
The song has been extensively featured on the hit TV series "Queer As Folk," and
is on the official soundtrack and has now crossed over to radio. Pepper also sung back up
vocals on the #1 hit song by Tina Turner "What's Love Got To Do With It" and
Michael Bolton's #1 hit "Time, Love and Tenderness." Her other long list of
background vocal credits include world class artists such as Cher, Celine Dion, Kenny G,
Vonda Shepard, Ray Charles, Steve Perry, The Wallflowers, Lenny Kravitz, etc. Also, Pepper
Mashay's song "Lost Yo Mind" hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts in December
*Marcy Marxer & Cathy Fink (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize winner -
Children's music catgeory) will be the featured panelists along with famous songwriters
such as Paul Williams, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at the ASCAP Songwriters EXPO in Los
Angeles, CA on April 19-21. Marcy Marxer & Cathy Fink won a Grammy award with the
album in 2005 and 2006 (Children's music category).
~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: email@example.com
For complete winners of the 2006 Competition, please go to: http://www.songwriting.net/winners.html
*BLUEBIRD CAFE SHOWCASE
USA Songwriting Competition will present a showcase at the world renowned "Bluebird
Café" in Nashville
Wednesday May 9, 2007 6pm - 8pm
Bluebird Café, 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215-2700, Tel: (615) 383-1461
(alcohol & food are served, reservations are accepted).
~Artists/Songwriters to appear are:
Victoria Banks (2006 1st Prize - Country)
Tim Mathews (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Cory Batten (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Mary Danna (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Katie Miner (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Treva Blomquist (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Jen Foster (2005 1st Prize - Gospel)
Zane Williams (2006 & 2005 Finalist)
Thanks to those that attended our showcase during SXSW (South By South West). Vic Moraga,
Eric Colville, Tom Sharpe, Hera Hjartardottir and Eric Blakely all performed extremely
well. See the group photo of the performers at:
** COMPILATION CD [sponsored by WWW.SUPERDUPS.COM]
"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 4" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD sponsored
by SUPERDUPS.COM. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation will be out in March '07.
It includes the top winners such as Vikki Simpson, The Waifs, Victoria Banks, Kimberly
Bass, Jordan Zevon and more. Vol 1, 2 and 3 have been released to the music industry
** COOL MERCHANDISE
You can now purchase our cool USA Songwriting Competition T-shirts, Hats & other stuff
*** Featured Performing Artists Spotlight
Featured Artists of the Month are:
~Fertitta and McClintock (Overall Grand Prize Winner & 1st Prize Group/Duo, 3rd Annual
~Judith de los Santos (1st Prize in the Best Female Artist, 3rd Annual IAMA)
~Jon Troast (1st Prize in the Best Male Artist, 3rd Annual IAMA)
For more details of the artists, please visit: http://www.inacoustic.com/artists2.html
*** BREAKING BAD THINKING HABITS by Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Sometimes you need to mind your head before you can mind your music. When you're in the
habit of thinking on a one-way street, YOU can be the main deterrent to progress. We all
get into ruts and continue to do things the same way – ways that don't get us
anywhere. It can be easier to complain than to do something about it. Before you scramble
to find another path, think about your head, because change begins in your thoughts. They
control what happens to you.
Want to be a victim? Many people act like they do by continuously breeding a negative
mindset. In her interview below, Dorothy Potter talks about how she get rids of the
naysayers who try to reinforce victimhood and what they see as they impossible task of
succeeding in music. I've seen that many of them are too lazy to do the work or have no
talent, and must chew up those who want to get ahead. Since they can't do it, they try to
convince others not to bother. Don't listen! Obstacles can be overcome with hard work,
determination, and talent. Don't make statements that defeat you like:
* "Why should a manager ever want to represent me"; That
belief can attract what you expect. If you don't believe you can get a manager, you
probably won't. Professionals can smell insecurity and run from it. Ask yourself why you
don't feel worthy of representation. If it's because others say it's hard to get, stop!
Let go of negative messages. Many musicians do get managers. Ask yourself, "Why not
me"; Or develop yourself more so that you're more appealing to someone for
* "Nobody comes to my gigs." Keep saying that if you want to
play to empty rooms! That belief will hold you back from promoting your shows and inviting
people to come. Your attitude won't be attractive to music lovers. When your performance
is good, people will hear about it. Keep practicing and people will come. Leave what
happened in the past in the past and live for now. "Now people are going to come to
see me play."
* "There's too much competition for me to succeed." There is
no competition if you're good and work hard. Snuff out those thoughts and get out into the
music world. There's plenty of room for talent. Now if you don't have any, that's another
story. But if you do, accept that the only competition for success is the thoughts in your
head that hold you back! The good news is you can change them if you choose to.
* "A producer said my songs aren't strong enough so I'll never
make it." True, if you let it stop you. Or, take songwriting workshops and improve!
Few songwriters start out being able to write hits. It takes time to do that. Make time to
write with others and learn from pros. Weak songs don't sell. But like exercising your
body makes it stronger, exercising your creativity and learning from feedback will help
you write stronger material.
Studies show that the brain behaves differently when you repeat the same thought over and
over. Our thoughts truly become reality. And you can choose to make it a good reality by
choosing good thoughts and letting them roll through your mind, replacing those like
"Woe is me," or "I'll never get there." Why not? You can choose to
keep believing you can't or reprogram your thoughts and KNOW that you can.
We create patterns with our thoughts. Norman Vincent Peale said, "Change your
thoughts and you change the world." It's your choice to have ones that defeat your
dreams. Success begins in the head. If you believe it's yours, it will be if you don't
lose faith. It may take longer than you'd like. But you'll reach where you need to be if
you don't begin to think that it won't happen. You have the power to get rid of negative
thoughts and beliefs about you. Otherwise, they'll grow and become toxic if you don't
clean them out of your mind. It's YOUR choice. Always YOUR choice!
Things will go wrong. That's life. Even with my total faith in God, I get setbacks and
problems too. I'll feel down for a bit. But I work on getting my mind set firmly in my
faith. I don't moan, "Why me"; too often. I allow myself to feel down for a bit.
Then I begin talking to God and doing what I can to bring my mind back in synch with my
beliefs. It's not easy. But you can do it by talking to yourself, and to your higher
being. Negative thoughts reflect a lack of faith. What a waste! Faith manifests incredible
miracles when you use it. So use it!
Daylle Deanna Schwartz is the best-selling author of I Don't Need a Record Deal! Your
Survival Guide for the Indie Music Revolution. Start & Run Your Own Record Label and
The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label, all published by Billboard Books. She
also presents music industry seminars, does phone coaching/consulting for musicians and
record labels, and publishes free newsletters - Daylle's News & Resources (music
industry) and Self-Empowerment Quarterly. She maintains a website with resources for indie
*** MUSIC CONFERENCES, FESTIVALS & WORKSHOP PARTNERS
2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is set for April 19-21, Los Angeles
Paul Reisler¹s Songcamps 2007
June 19-24, 6 day Blue Ridge Songwriters Retreat € Charlottesville, VA
July 27- August 1, Hollyhock Songwriting Workshop€ Cortes Island, BC
August 13-16, Rocky Mtn. Folks Song School € Lyons, CO
*RADIO STATIONS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MATERIAL:
XM Radio - XMU/The R.A.D.A.R. Report, airing Thursday 9pm USA eastern time
Indie911 Radio & Podcast
WNCW - Isothermal College
PO Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160
PH: 828-287-8000 x349 FX: 828-287-8012
Martin Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
We're always looking for new Americana, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and World music to play.
WOJB - Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College
13386 W. Trepania Rd. Hayward, WI 54843
PH: 715-634-2100 FX: 715-634-4070
Nicky Kellar email@example.com
We're one of the most diverse and popular stations in Wisconsin.
SirenFM - University of Lincoln
Imanuel Votteler firstname.lastname@example.org
I produce 3 radio shows on the Uni's radio station. I'm looking for anyone to help us to
promote new music. If you are an artist you could send us CDs, t-shirts and posters
...that sort of thing - as we can use them for give-aways to promote you and your music.
If you work for a record label, perhaps you could send us some stuff which we could use to
promote your artists.
Box 20205, Springfield, IL 62708
PH: 217-306-2592 FX: 217-585-1534
Don Hunt email@example.com
We only play Christian indie music and programs. We are looking for Christian indie
artists to submit completed works for consideration of airplay.
230 S. Main St., Newtown, CT 06470
PH: 203-426-2030 FX: 203-426-2036
Darryl Gregory firstname.lastname@example.org
This show is broadcast on WVOF 88.5 Fairfield University, Weds. 4PM to 6PM EST and a
Podcast that features independent CDs and interviews with artists. Great free exposure!
GW Carver House, 3035 Bell Ave. St. Louis, MO 63106
PH: 314-718-7143 FX: 270-682-9474
John ODay email@example.com
Features independent artists, both signed and unsigned from around the world. WCH Radio is
sister station to The Wave, and is part of the Next Step Promotions Group. Our website is
rich in content relative to the music industry.
73-733 Fred Waring Dr. #201, Palm Desert, CA 92260
PH: 760-341-0123 FX: 760-341-7455
The Big KC firstname.lastname@example.org
KRCK supports local talent and encourages independent artists. Rock & Alternative
Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Dr. Oneonta, NY, 13820O
PH: 607-431-4555 FX: 607-431-4064
Alex Cameron email@example.com
Please send us your promo CDs. We play all genres of music, however we tend to lack in the
Folk/Country/Jazz/Blues/ Classical/Spoken Word genres - so more of those genres would be
4414 Lafayette Blvd. Ste #100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
PH: 540-891-9696 FX: 540-891-1656
Stephanie Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
A mainstream Country station that mixes in Americana and Southern Rock. We air a two hour
Americana/Bluegrass/Texas Country show on Sunday nights that incorporates independent
*The list of radio stations are brought to you by INDIE BIBLE. You can find the Indie
Bible in these stores: Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, Sam Ash, Virgin
Records, Tower Records and Mars Music. All USA Songwriting Competition subscribers can get
the $5 discounted Indie Bible.
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*The Music Broker - We pitch unsigned talent to Record Companies, Music Publishers and
Film/TV studios. We represent only the best songwriters/artists we can find, wherever they
are in the world and whatever style of music they write. http://www.TheMusicBroker.net
*New Music Weekly
*Loggins Radio Promotion
*Onlinegigs - Onlinegigs Version 4 fully automates the booking and promotional process for
bands, booking agents, record companies and music managers. Onlinegigs will do it all for
you, from finding the right venue to automatically reminding your fans about upcoming
performances right on their cell phones.
....Jessica Brandon, Artist Relations ~~
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