The music industry is changing and now is the time for new artists to emerge and be discovered. Music today is shifting away from studio-packed divas and back to individual songwriters whose diverse talents are being heard like never before. Even so, aspiring songwriters still face immense obstacles in trying to rise above the noise.

The Hollywood Songwriting Contest is an opportunity for real talent to be heard and exposed. This elite, international songwriting competition is an open call to songwriters and artists looking for recognition of their talents and, quite possisbly, that first big break. Bringing together top music industry producers, musicians and songwriters, the Hollywood Songwriting Contest champions the discovery and promotion of the very best songwriters in the world.

This inaguraual year, the Hollywood Songwriting Contest is proud to announce that we will be partnering with the prestigious American Songwriting Awards, and that all entrants to the Hollywood Songwriting Contest will also receive free entry and be automatically considered for the American Songwriting Awards as well. That means you can enter both contests for the price of one simply by participating in this year's inguaral competition! This is a limited time promotion good for this season only.

All styles and genres of music are welcome and the Hollywood Songwriting Contest has prize awarding competitions in a host of categories ranging from rock, hip-hop, classical and more. In addition to the 23 top winners awarded for each official competition category, one overall Grand Prize Winner will be chosen and honored from among all entrants and all categories.

The Hollywood Songwriting Contest is pround to provide prize packages, marketing boosts and, most importantly, a chance to be recognized and make a real career in the music industry. Take your place with the talent elite of the recording industry and make your music heard. Enter you work now for this year’s Hollywood Songwriting Contest.

Your time is now!

Awards & Prizes

There are 23 top winners awarded for each official competition category, one overall Grand Prize Winner will be chosen and honored from among all entrants and all categories.

Rules & Terms

The Hollywood Songwriting Competition is an unrestricted competition for all songwriters. Entries must be submitted through our online submission process.

All age groups qualify for entry to the contest. TEEN categories have additional age requirements of 1) entrants must be under 18 years old by February 15th, 2015 and 2) minors must have the permission of their parent or legal guardian to enter.

Do not submit with your entry any additional marketing material. This includes album art, testimonials, celebrity endorsements, online links or any other material attempting to back your entry with anything other than the quality of the songwriting.

All songs, music and lyrics must be original compositions and be credited solely as the work of the creator listed in the entry form. Entries in violation of any copy right laws, trademarks, intellectual property rights or basic ethical standards of amateur or professional songwriting will be disqualified immediately and without notice. In all cases, The Hollywood Songwriting Competition shall in no way be held liable for any such legal action that results from the submission of unlawful or stolen submissions.

Once materials are submitted, no revisions or alterations to the entry will be allowed or accepted. Entrants may submit multiple songs under the following conditions: Each song must be submitted with its own separate registration form and entry fee. Submissions of the same song must be entered under separate categories.

All creators of any song submitted must be listed in the entry process. Up to four (4) creators may be listed with only a single entry fee required. The primary contact should be the spokesperson for the group and should be the only person who completes the entry form information. All other decisions of division of cash and rewards are left to the discretion of the individual contestants and their agreements among themselves.

Songs uploaded through the online submission system must be in one of the following formats: MP3, WAV. All lyrics must be uploaded in one of the following file types: .pdf, .txt, .rtf.

Songs entries or contestants that have current or pending contracts placed on them at the time of their submission cannot be entered into the Unsigned Category.

We DO NOT own the rights to any submitted material. In all cases, all rights to submitted songs and lyrics are retained by their original creator(s). The Hollywood Songwriting Competition will not reproduce any submission for sale or profit.

All Contestants grant the Hollywood Songwriting Competition the right to include any submission in a promotional manner on website(s) associated with HSC for marketing purposes only.

It is acknowledged that similar beats, notes, sounds, lyrics or other song elements may be demonstrated in more than one submission and/or in current developments by the contest Judges. Any overlap of these or similar elements do not entitle any entrant to any compensation or credit.

Employees of HSC including directors, producers, contractors, agents and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately invalidated. In addition, this contest is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law.

The Hollywood Songwriting Competition holds the right to extend entry cut-off dates and/or change submission fees. Individual entries fees are final upon registration and payment and will not be altered for that submission.

Winners will be announced on on this website and via press releasees and email blasts to industry professionals. HSC will make no effort to inform non-winners of contest results through any direct means. Winners will be informed directly through email or phone. There is no transfer of prizes except as HSC deems necessary and in such a case will be substituted with a cash prize of equal or greater value. HSC is not responsible for any Federal, State or Local Taxes or international customs costs. Once the submission process is completed and the entry is finalized there are no refunds for the entry fee.

By entering your work to the Hollywood Songwriting Contest, your agree to indemnify and hold us, our employees, officers, agents, shareholders, affiliates, and partners harmless from any and all claims, liability, loss or damage arising out of submitting your project into consideration and or competition to the Hollywood Songwriting Contest.

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    Michele McLaughlin

    Honored to be a selected nominee.

    June 2017
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    Angela En-Yu Lao

    Thanks Hollywood Songwriting Contest! I'm so happy to win this excellent contest! Can't wait to receive the e-certificates.

    June 2017
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    Shaula Walko

    The submission and follow up process was streamlined and easy, and they do exactly what they say they do.

    June 2017
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    Farid Itani

    Looking forward to apply again with new classical pieces!

    June 2016
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    Chad Henninger

    The mission statement is right on point and they do what they say. I'm already entered in the American Music Competition and listed as an award winning artist. Looking forward to a great time.

    June 2016