Songwriting Contest

COMBO 7th Annual Songwriting Contest

Deadline for submission is Thursday, August 1st at Midnight

Hear ye, hear ye: The Colorado Music Business Organization announces the return of its Songwriting Contest ! Winning songs will be submitted to *real publishing companies*. There will be NO CA$H prizes. Do you have a song you have written and ten ($10*) dollars laying around not doing anything? Read on because this contest is for YOU!!

Contest staff will put the winning songs on a compilation CD and hand deliver to publishers (that have agreed to accept them), along with a cover letter telling a little about COMBO and about each of the songs.

No “musical” judges – just people who might buy your music. The panel will be made up of a variety of people who still buy music. A Committee of three (4) judges, none of whom write songs but are music lovers will have the final decision. Entrants should provide LYRIC SHEETS (in Word / Text format) unless the song is instrumental only (of course).

Failure to follow the following 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 (i.e. we will only accept songs for the contest that are “Radio Ready”), etc.

Examples of judging criteria will consist of (but not be limited to) do the lyrics ‘hit you in the heart’? Does the Instrumentals bring out some emotion such as: passion, solitude, love, excitement, danger?

The songs will be presented for judging “anonymously” – the judges will not know the name(s) of the songwriters, and will not even know the name of the song. Song submissions will be presented to the judges as a number. Email confirmation of accepted entries will have our song number (i.e. Song #113) registration.

Songs with Lyric Sheets are to be submitted as attachments in MP3 format to [email protected]

so that contest staff may forward to each judge to listen 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.

*Note: COMBO Individual Members may enter 1 free song into the songwriting contest and COMBO Band Members may enter 2 free songs into the contest.  The fee for Non-COMBO members to enter a song is $10, and the fee for each additional song is $10 per song.


When the form has been properly submitted, you will be taken to the Songwriting Contest Rules page.

Songwriting Contest Form

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