ASG’s 2016 Fall Song Contest will run October 17 through November 7 this year! …
Fall 2016 contest rules, etc.
Click Here to Download Song Contest Entry Form
THIS YEAR THE FIRST PLACE WINNERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR SONG ON A COMPILATION CD AND THEY CAN ATTEND ONE FREE SONGWRITING OR PUBLISHERS WORKSHOP OF THEIR CHOICE DURING THE YEAR OF 2017.
ALL FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD CATEGORY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE ASG CERTIFICATE AWARDS ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE CONTEST.
HERE ARE THE CATEGORIES:
1. SINGER SONGWRITER – THE PERSON SINGING THE SONG MUST BE THE SONGWRITER
2. BARE BONES – THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE VOCAL AND ONE INSTRUMENT … ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE
4. LOVE SONGS
6. LYRICS ONLY
SONG CONTEST ENTRY GUIDELINES:
1. PLEASE submit only on CDs. Use only one entry form and only one song per CD! Fold your lyric sheet and attach it with a rubber band to your CD.
2. DO NOT place your name anywhere on either the CD or the lyric sheet!
3. Each CD for each song must be clearly marked with ONLY the song title, your phone number (including area code), and the category name for which you are submitting the song must be on the CD and lyric sheet. See example immediately below:
SONG TITLE: IT HURTS TO LOSE YOU
PHONE # 512-123-4567
If you are a member of ASG in good standing, your first entry is FREE. The second and third entries are $15.00 each and after that you pay $10.00 for each additional song. Enter as many songs as you like.
If you are not an ASG member you can become one for only $7.95 a month. Otherwise the first entry is $30.00, the second and third entries are $25.00 each and after that you pay $20.00 for each additional song. Enter as many songs as you like.
Make all checks or money orders payable to Austin Songwriters Group
Sorry, there are no refunds on any submissions.
All the rules!
Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters.
Songs which have been commercially released may be entered.
Song must be entered on CD. (MP3 and WAV files only. No AICC files.)
Your CD must include your telephone number (with area code), song title and category on the CD itself.
Only one song per CD.
Typed lyric sheet (when applicable) must be included for each song for judging purposes.
Your lyric sheet must include your telephone number (with area code), song title and category. Please include English translation for lyrics, if applicable.
Only one song and category may be entered per entry form.
Photocopies of the entry form are acceptable.
Please print clearly and legibly in order to avoid misspellings or incorrect contact information.
The same song may be entered in different production categories with separate entry forms and separate entry fees.
ALL STYLES OF MUSIC ARE ELIGIBLE. Please choose the appropriate category.
Each song must be the contestant’s original work.
Entrants and their collaborators will retain full rights to all work submitted for the competition.
Prize winning songs from prior ASG song contests are not eligible for submission, although songs that have been submitted before but did not win are eligible.
Submissions will not be returned.
ASG is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected or stolen entries, nor for CDs that do not play in standard playback devices, or for postage due on mailed submissions.
8: Judging Guidelines & Disclaimers
Production quality will NOT be considered when judging songs. This is a contest about songwriting, not engineering skills! However, do your best in presenting your songs well, even if it is a simple guitar-vocal track.
A judging committee consisting of music industry professionals, including songwriters, publishers, producers and radio personalities, among others, as well as the ASG Executive Board, will participate in judging the songs submitted to the contest.
The decisions of the judging committee are final.
To maintain the integrity of the judging process, all CDs and lyric sheets submitted for each song must not contain any names of the songwriter(s), or other personally identifying information (except phone numbers) on either the CD or the Lyric Sheets. The only place where the songwriter names are accepted is on the entry form accompanying the CD and Lyric Sheets for each submission.
Phone number of Songwriter entrant will be the only identifying information on CD and Lyric Sheets during judging to maintain songwriter anonymity and integrity of the judging process.
Judges will use four criteria: melody, lyrics (if applicable), originality and form.
The recording quality of performance or production value will not be considered.
Notification of Finalists & Awards Show
Finalists for each category will be announced on the ASG website in December 2016, about thirty days prior to the awards show in January. ASG will not be individually contacting finalists by email, mail or phone; so, be sure to check the ASG website, Facebook and Twitter accounts beginning in mid-December to see if your songs are in the running for one of the top three spots in each category.
Winners will be announced at an Awards Show Event held as part of the opening ceremonies of Symposium 2017 in mid-January 2017. Specific date, time and location TBA at later date.
Entries that violate these rules may be disqualified, and submitted fees will not be returned.
All judges’ decisions are final.
In the event there is more than one writer for a winning song, winners are responsible for the division of the prize.
So there you go! Thanks for participating in the contest. Good luck to everybody. We can’t wait to hear all of your songs.