Entries are now accepted for the 21st Annual USA Songwriting Competition.
All entries must be entered by May 27, 2016 or earlier.
Songwriters vie for a chance to win a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as music gear. Winning songs will be receiving radio airplay. Songwriters can enter in 15 different song categories such as: Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc.
The 2016 USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by PRS Guitars, Sony, D’Addario Strings, Recording Magazine, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Audio-Technica, Full Compass Music Stores, Presonus, Sonoma Wireworks, IK Multimedia, Intellitouch Tuners, Sweetwater and Landr
Last year’s winners Los Angeles based Folk/Pop band “Distant Cousins” win Overall Grand Prize at the 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their song “Are You Ready (On Your Own)” The song is written by Ami Kozak, Dov Rosenblatt & Duvid Swirsky.
The song was featured in the 2016 American Idol (first episode) as well as Box office hit motion picture ‘This Is Where I Leave You’, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. This is the third consecutive year that the top winner has a song placed in a box office hit movie.
The 2014 winning song by Justine and Kerris Dorsey was featured in the box office hit movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. The 2013 winner American Authors’ song was placed in the hit movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn. American Authors is a rock group from New York City. They hit #1 on the Billboard Charts after they win at the 2013 USA Songwriting Competition. The song has been certified double platinum.
Distant Cousins is a relatively new band but their songs have been featured in commercials such as German soft drink “Lift” and Macy’s, on TV programs such as Graceland, Criminal Minds and Fly Away.
USA Songwriting Competition has been honoring songwriters from all over the world. Winners came from Australia, Japan, Canada, UK, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, USA, etc. Past winners have gotten recording contracts, getting their songs on film, TV as well as getting cuts with major artists. The 2013 Top winner rock band “American Authors” hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went Double Platinum, selling over 2 million copies. The 2007 winner Air Gold hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song 6 months after his win. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and got signed to a record label.
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