COMBO’s Second Annual Songwriting Contest Has Started

COMBO’S ANNUAL SONGWRITING CONTEST HAS STARTED

Hear ye, hear ye: The Colorado Music Business Organization announces a second Songwriting Contest! Winning songs will be submitted to *real* music business companies. There will be NO CA$H prizes. Do you have a song you have written and five ($5) dollars laying around not doing anything? Read on because this contest is for YOU!! Currently paid COMBO members can submit one song at no charge as well!

Contest staff will put the winning songs on a compilation CD and hand deliver to publishers, record companies, music supervisors, and others, that have agreed to accept them, along with a cover letter telling a little about COMBO and about each of the songs, like who the writers thought the song might be good for, i.e., this country song is good for Luke Bryan.

Judges will be a variety of professional people who might buy your music but who also work in some area of the Music Business. A Committee of at least five judges, none of whom write songs but are music lovers, will have the final decision. Last year’s judges included a scout for a record company, a publisher, a radio DJ, a public school music teacher, and a music blogger.

The songs will be presented for judging “anonymously” – the judges will not know the name(s) of the songwriters or even the name of the song. Song submissions will be presented to the judges as a number (i.e. Song #113). Email confirmation of accepted entries will have our song  registration number FYI. Please make sure that Meta Data is not included on your entry.

Failure to follow this RULE will disqualify your song: NO “BAD” WORDS! If you wrote your song with a “must have” naughty word, please mute the word on the mp3 track and write (bleep!) on the lyric sheet (we will only accept songs for the contest that are “Radio Ready”).

Examples of judging criteria will consist of (but not be limited to) – Do the lyrics ‘hit you in the heart’? Does the melody bring out some emotion such as: passion, solitude, love, excitement, danger? Do the lyrics express a ‘new thought’ or have a really catchy phrase?

Please submit Songs with Lyric Sheets as attachments to [email protected] in MP3 format so that contest staff may forward to each judge to listen to from the privacy of their own homes. Names of the judging panel are confidential and will not be shared even with each other so that the judges can not communicate with each other to get opinions. We will ask each judge to listen to each song at least 3 times to see if it grows on them.

Judging staff will pick the best 3-5 songs from each of 10 basic categories: pop, rock/rockabilly, alternative, country/western/bluegrass, blues, folk/Americana, jazz, rap, instrumental, and “other”. “Other” could include reggae, dub-step, holiday, etc.

The 20 Top Scoring songs (overall) will get a slot on the compilation CD to be given out to record companies, music supervisors, and publishers for their consideration in future projects.

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NSAI HOSTS ‘ARRANGING THE HIT’ WORKSHOP WITH LARRY BEAIRD

Saturday, May 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Colorado Christian University – School of Music – 9200 Ellsworth Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado . Cost: NSAI members\CCU Students – $25; Non-NSAI members – $35.

Larry is an accomplished producer, arranger, musician and owner of one of Nashville’s premier recording studios. Twenty years of experience have taught him how songwriters benefit from the value of great arrangements, as proven by demos for #1 hits from Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Lady Antebellum.

Attendees are invited to submit one song in advance for consideration for class discussion. Submit both .mp3 and lyric sheet to [email protected]

Larry will be giving away one FREE premier demo from Beaird Music Group ($625 value) to one lucky attendee!

When: Saturday, May 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Where: CO Christian University – School of Music, 9200 Ellsworth Avenue, Lakewood

Cost: NSAI members\CCU Students – $25; Non-NSAI members – $35.

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