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Indie Bible 2007 - Get Your Music Heard!

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March 30, 2007 Pg. 2

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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
www.discmakers.com/usasong or call 1-800-468-9353.

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


*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 2006.

*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: info@songwriting.net

For complete winners of the 2006 Competition, please go to: http://www.songwriting.net/winners.html



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)

*SXSW 2007

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:

"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 representatives.  http://www.cafepress.com/usasong

You can now purchase our cool USA Songwriting Competition T-shirts, Hats & other stuff online:

*** Featured Performing Artists Spotlight

Featured Artists of the Month are:

~Fertitta and McClintock (Overall Grand Prize Winner & 1st Prize Group/Duo, 3rd Annual IAMA)

~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 representation.

    * "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 musicians http://www.IDontNeedaRecordDeal.com  
daylle@daylle.com      http://www.daylle.com


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

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 marting@wncw.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 programdirector@wojb.org 
We're one of the most diverse and popular stations in Wisconsin.

SirenFM - University of Lincoln
Imanuel Votteler mad_hatter@blueyonder.co.uk  
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.

WTLC Radio
Box 20205, Springfield, IL 62708
PH: 217-306-2592 FX: 217-585-1534
Don Hunt don@wtlcradio.com
We only play Christian indie music and programs. We are looking for Christian indie artists to submit completed works for consideration of airplay.

Unsigned Underground
230 S. Main St., Newtown, CT 06470
PH: 203-426-2030 FX: 203-426-2036
Darryl Gregory info@unsignedunderground.net
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!

WCH Radio
GW Carver House, 3035 Bell Ave. St. Louis, MO 63106
PH: 314-718-7143 FX: 270-682-9474
John ODay wchradio1@lycos.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.

KRCK-FM 97.7
73-733 Fred Waring Dr. #201, Palm Desert, CA 92260
PH: 760-341-0123 FX: 760-341-7455
The Big KC kc@krck.com
KRCK supports local talent and encourages independent artists. Rock & Alternative format.

Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Dr. Oneonta, NY, 13820O
PH: 607-431-4555 FX: 607-431-4064
Alex Cameron wrho@hartwick.edu 
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 greatly appreciated!

4414 Lafayette Blvd. Ste #100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
PH: 540-891-9696 FX: 540-891-1656
Stephanie Taylor staylor@thunder1045.com
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 artists.

*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

*Hal Leonard



*Livewire Contacts

*IK Multimedia

*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.

Happy songwriting!
....Jessica Brandon, Artist Relations ~~

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