International Songwriters Day would like to invite you to our premiere “International Songwriters Day Song Contest” as a way of kicking off this grand inaugural event. Have you written the next hit? Well we want to hear it!

Our contest is open to writers all around the world, from all levels of experience. This year’s theme is “Inspiration.” We are looking for songs that inspire, think (new beginnings, second chances, starting over), etc. They can be ballads but they should have an element of hope or redemption in the storyline, to fit the theme.

Production and performance aren’t a consideration. We can hear through a less than stellar performance or production, it’s originality, melody and lyrics –the meat and bones- that we are listening for. It doesn’t mean that production isn’t important but a great song doesn’t need a lot of production and no production can save a less than great song. So don’t worry about that.

Your music will truly be in front of some “golden ears.” We have assembled some of the most respected musical authorities in the business to judge the contest. They have lived, breathed and worked in the industry for many years and have multi-awards and Grammy nominations to show for it. These highly talented people have one thing in common, they all love and respect a great song.

Our judges are : Grammy nominated producer/engineer Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne), Darryl Ross; a Multi-Platinum producer/arranger, Barry Coffing; a No#1 songwriter, whose songs have been in over 200 films and TV shows, Alan Roy Scott who has had cuts with (Celine Dion, Roberta Flack, Cher, Ray Charles), Mike Gormley, LAPD Mgmt. who helped launch the careers of Rod Stewart, BTO, Rush, The Police, Danny Elfman, the Bangles and Diana Williamson who has written 2x#3 Billboard Hot Club chart songs, is author of “101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting, is a Voting Member of the Grammys, a Juror for Factor and CEO of Themusiclibrary.org

Our company’s contests have been voted “Top 10” by Music Connection in the past. We work hard to elevate songwriters and good songwriting. Come join the celebration and submit today! Winners will be announced on April 9, International Songwriters Day!

Sign up for our newsletter on our website page (http://www.internationalsongwritersday.com) and like us on twitter (@intlsongwtrday)so you can find out about contest updates and any special promotions we may be having.

FIRST PRIZE:

1)An ADK “ZEUS” Microphone ($700.00) value
ADK ZEUS is the long-awaited upgrade to the Mic Ray Charles used to track his final three albums including "Genius Loves Company" which won Five Grammys®. Zeus is a Tri-Polar Class A Valve (tube) Condenser with great functionality. From Sting to Stevie Wonder, Amy Grant to The Manhattan Transfer, ADK is the first-call among some of the most demanding vocalists and engineers from around the world. http://www.adkzeus.com

2. A Half Hour Music Industry Consultation with music expert Michael Dolan.
J. Michael Dolan is the former CEO of M.C.I. publishing corp. and the founder of Music Connection and Songwriter Connection magazines. He is a best selling author, beloved blogger and private consultant to artists and entrepreneurs and Internet pioneers in all areas of media and entertainment. Get those questions ready!
http://jmichaeldolan.com

3. A Broadjam Primo Membership and 5 Free Submissions! Get an annual subscription and the chance to pitch your music to all sorts of opportunities!
Broadjam provides promotional services for independent musicians, the music industry and fans around the world. It’s one of the world’s largest web communities focused on independent music. http://www.broadjam.com ($225 value)

4.Your choice of one of The Music Registry’s Annual Directories:
1)Music Publishers — 1 year / 12 pdf issues ($99 value)
2) Film & Television Music Monthly — 12 pdf issues ($99 value)
3) A&R Registry — 1 pdf issue ($75 value)
One of the leading companies who publish contact information for the music industry. The go-to source for contact information when you need to reach music industry professionals. http://www.musicregistry.com

5.Your very own copy of “The Indie Bible”: The Indie Bible lists over 2500 magazines, music blogs, 3100 radio stations, 1100 labels and distributors, 1000 promotion, marketing, management and PR services as well as over 400 sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos. https://www.indiebible.com ($40 value)

6. 2 Festival Passes to Springboard Memphis Festival (June 6-8)
The Springboard Festivals bring together the most talented, hard working Musicians from around the country for the opportunity to receive mentorship, network and pitch their music to some of the industry’s top executives – creating a monumental impact on their careers and the surrounding community and partners. ($250 value)
www.springboardmemphis.com

7) An autographed copy of the book “101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting” Find out what all hit songwriters have in common.
http://www.101tipsandtricksofsuccessfulsongwriting.com ($30 value)

8) A Music Industry Connection Membership – "Your 1 year MICCO membership will give you unlimited access to their Music Industry Databases which include The Spotify Playlist Directory, The Spotify and Apple Music Curators Directory, The Music Blog Directory, The Country Radio Directory & the Indie Radio Directory - over 6,000 music industry contacts from all over the world spanning every genre!" www.TheMICCo.com, (value 120.00)$

8) Your name and song on our website and a shout out in our social media promotions. ($Priceless my dear)

SECOND PRIZE

1.Broadjam Film & TV Membership and 3 Free Submissions!
Get an annual subscription and the chance to pitch your music to all sorts of opportunities! Broadjam provides promotional services for independent musicians, the music industry and fans around the world. It’s one of the world’s largest web communities focused on independent music. http://www.broadjam.com ($115 value)

2.Your choice of one of The Music Registry’s Annual Directories:
1)Music Publishers — 1 year / 12 pdf issues ($99 value)
2) Film & Television Music Monthly — 12 pdf issues ($99 value)
3) A&R Registry — 1 pdf issue ($75 value)
One of the leading companies who publish contact information for the music industry. The go-to source for contact information when you need to reach music industry professionals. http://www.musicregistry.com

3.Your very own copy of “The Indie Bible”: The Indie Bible lists over 2500 magazines, music blogs, 3100 radio stations, 1100 labels and distributors, 1000 promotion, marketing, management and PR services as well as over 400 sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos. https://www.indiebible.com ($40 value)

4. 2 Festival Passes to Springboard Memphis Festival (June 6-8)
The Springboard Festivals bring together the most talented, hard working Musicians from around the country for the opportunity to receive mentorship, network and pitch their music to some of the industry’s top executives – creating a monumental impact on their careers and the surrounding community and partners. ($250 value) http://www.springboardmemphis.com

5) An autographed copy of the book “101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting” Find out what all hit songwriters have in common.
http://www.101tipsandtricksofsuccessfulsongwriting.com($30 value)

6) A Music Industry Connection Membership – "Your 1 year MICCO membership will give you unlimited access to their Music Industry Databases which include The Spotify Playlist Directory, The Spotify and Apple Music Curators Directory, The Music Blog Directory, The Country Radio Directory & the Indie Radio Directory - over 6,000 music industry contacts from all over the world spanning every genre!" www.TheMICCo.com, (value 120.00)$

7) Your name on our website and a mention in our social media promotions.($Priceless my dear)

THIRD PRIZE

1. Broadjam MoB Membership and 1 Free Submission!
Get the chance to pitch your music to all sorts of opportunities! Broadjam provides promotional services for independent musicians, the music industry and fans around the world. It’s one of the world’s largest web communities focused on independent music.
http://www.broadjam.com ($55 value)

2.Your choice of one of The Music Registry’s Annual Directories:
1)Music Publishers — 1 year / 12 pdf issues ($99 value)
2) Film & Television Music Monthly — 12 pdf issues ($99 value)
3) A&R Registry — 1 pdf issue ($75 value)
One of the leading companies who publish contact information for the music industry. The go-to source for contact information when you need to reach music industry professionals. http://www.musicregistry.com

3.Your very own copy of “The Indie Bible”: The Indie Bible lists over 2500 magazines, music blogs, 3100 radio stations, 1100 labels and distributors, 1000 promotion, marketing, management and PR services as well as over 400 sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos. https://www.indiebible.com

4. 2 Festival Passes to Springboard Memphis Festival (June 6-8)
The Springboard Festivals bring together the most talented, hard working Musicians from around the country for the opportunity to receive mentorship, network and pitch their music to some of the industry’s top executives – creating a monumental impact on their careers and the surrounding community and partners. ($250 value)
www.springboardmemphis.com

5) An autographed copy of the book “101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting” Find out what all hit songwriters have in common.
http://www.101tipsandtricksofsuccessfulsongwriting.com ($30 value)

6) A Music Industry Connection Membership – "Your 1 year MICCO membership will give you unlimited access to their Music Industry Databases which include The Spotify Playlist Directory, The Spotify and Apple Music Curators Directory, The Music Blog Directory, The Country Radio Directory & the Indie Radio Directory - over 6,000 music industry contacts from all over the world spanning every genre!" www.TheMICCo.com, (value 120.00)$

7) Your name on our website and a mention in our social media promotions. ($Priceless value) of course.

We will also have four Honourable Mentions and they will receive a certificate in the mail and a mention on the website.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Each entry requires the following elements:
1. One song
2. A lyric sheet
3. A payment of $15.33 (US)
4. A completed application

Welcome to The International Songwriters Day Song contest! It is open to songwriters of all levels, both amateur and professional. We are open to all age levels, however entrants under the age of eighteen must have the permission of their parent or legal guardian to enter. Employees of the International Songwriters Day Song Contest are not eligible to enter.

This year’s (2019) theme is a song about inspiration think (“new beginnings” “second chances, “fresh starts, looking ahead to the future or making the most of things in the moment!), etc. Any songs that have this theme are acceptable for this contest. The songs do not have to be “happy” but inspirational in some way. Songs do not need to be new, they can be previously recorded or submitted elsewhere.

Entry fees are accepted through our online submission process through FilmFreeway before our entry deadline by credit card or PayPal. Entrant fee is non-refundable and The International Songwriters Day Song contest is not responsible for late, incomplete or misdirected entries. The International Songwriters Day Song contest is not responsible for faulty file uploads accompanying online entries. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

Entrants are allowed to submit more than one entry however each song must be submitted separately with its own entry and entry fee. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law.

The songs submitted will be judged on the quality of the melody and lyrics, and originality. Production quality or performance is helpful but will not sway our judges. All entries will be declared final and no changes will be allowed upon submission. At this stage, we are only accepting “English language” lyrics. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges of professional songwriters, producers and music industry professionals. Entries will be screened by The International Songwriters Day Song contest listening committee, who will select the finalists, and the finalists will be sent to the judges who will select the winners.

All submissions must be original and the sole work of the creator(s) listed. All prizes will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-authors is the responsibility of winners. Entrant agrees to accept the final decision of The International Songwriters Day Song contest and its judges.
Please designate just one name only as the main contact. All entries must not be in violation of any copyright laws, intellectual property rights, or trademarks or ethical standards of songwriting. Any entry found to be in violation of the above or proven to be plagiarized in any way will be immediately disqualified. The International Songwriters Day Song contest will in no way be held liable for any such legal action that results from unlawful or restricted submissions.

All creators must be listed in the entry process for each song. Please list the full legal name of all the songwriter(s) - do not use initials. The creator who enters the contest will act as the primary contact for the submission. Upon submitting the entry, all creators listed agree to the terms of the contest.

Prizes are fixed and division of prizes is the responsibility of winners. Decisions regarding the division of awards and prizes are left to the discretion of the individual contestants and their agreements amongst themselves.

Entries uploaded through the online submission system must be in the following formats, for lyrics- they must be uploaded in one of the following file types, DOC, DOCX or PDF. Songs must be in the following formats, mp3, mp4, or wav.

Contest will use its best efforts to announce the winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays. Winners will be notified by email and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 2 weeks (14 days of notification date). The affidavit will state that the winner’s song is an original work and that she/he holds all rights to the song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits for winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits are subject to verification by the International Songwriters Day Song Contest and its agents.

Entrant is responsible for providing up-to-date and a correct email address to the contest. Presenter is not responsible for Entrant’s non-receipt of any Contest emails for any reasons, including but not limited to, server or email malfunctions. Presenter will not pay any winners; taxes or custom fees. Prizes will be sent out within a reasonable amount of time, and Presenter will use its best efforts to send prizes out in a timely fashion. If, after 180 days, any winner hasn’t received any portion of prizes, it is winner’s responsibility to notify Presenter in writing within 30 days, and by certified mail, as to which prizes are outstanding. If winner fails to notify Presenter, Presenter will no longer be responsible for delivery or prizes.

Entry constitutes permission to use winner's names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Songwriters will retain the copyrights to the songs but they will grant The International Songwriters Day Song contest, a non-exclusive right to use the songs on the web and in our print materials for marketing purposes only. Entrant retains all ownership rights to all submitted song(s).

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

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. By submitting your work to The International Songwriters Day Song contest you agree to indemnify and hold us, our employees,
officers, agents, judges, shareholders, affiliates and partners, harmless from any and
all claims, liability, loss, injury or damages to any person or property arising in whole or part, directly or indirectly from participation in the International Songwriters Day Song Contest. All winners agree to release the International Songwriters Day Song contest and sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won.

The International Songwriters Day Song Contest reserves the right to cancel or amend the contest and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the International Songwriters Day Song contests control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the International Songwriters Day Song contest. The International Songwriters Day Song Contest reserves the right to extend the entry deadline and increase or reduce entry fees for special promotions and/or entry deadline periods.

The International Songwriters Day Song contest shall have the right at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change will be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.

The International Songwriters Day Song contest also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control. We also reserve the right to limit winners due to lack of entrants or quality of submissions.

The International Songwriters Day Song contest is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition. The prizes are as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

By entering The International Songwriters Day Song contest, entrant and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of The International Songwriters Day Song contest and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official The International Songwriters Day Song contest rules and regulations as established herein.

Winner announcements will be on or prior to April 9, International Songwriters Day. Announcements will be sent to the email address provided by each entrant and will also be posted on the International Songwriters Day website. No other notification will be given.