• This is an International song competition and is open to every country, every genre/style and to all ages ( Ages under 18 must have Parental or Legal Guardian permission/consent to enter).

 

  • This competition is open to amateur and professional songwriters, artists, bands, duo’s, musicians and is open to every style and genre of song category, i.e. SINGER/SONGWRITER, COUNTRY, ROCK, ALTERNATIVE ROCK, POP, GOSPEL, JAZZ, FOLK, FOLK ACOUSTIC, ALTERNATIVE, BALLAD, DANCE, BLUEGRASS, EDM, HIP HOP, RAP, TRANCE, HOUSE, AMERICANA, ACAPELLA, etc.

 

  • Competition Opens February 1st, 2017 and closes August 31st, 2017 so all entries must be received by August 31st, 2017 unless the deadline is extended. 

 

  • THREE Additional Categories for 2017 
  •  “Lyrics Only” 
  •  “Young Achievers Award”  
  • “Non-Performing Songwriter” 

 

  • PLEASE NOTE: If Entrant is under 18 years of age, Entrant must have written consent of their Parent or Legal Guardian included on the online song entry form to be eligible to enter this competition AND MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if the Entrant under the age of 18 years wins the Grand Prize.

 

  • Entry Process & Entry Fee’s
  • To Enter the competition, you have to enter via this website.
  • The Entry fee must be submitted as an online transaction as part of the entry process.
  • Payment can be either via credit card or PayPal.
  • Songs must be uploaded in MP3 Format.
  • Entries without payment will not be accepted.
  • “Early Bird Special” Entry Fee (Feb 1st – March 29th 2017): $25 USD (US DOLLARS) per song. (Eligible to win the “Grand Prize/Trip To Nashville”)
  • “Regular Rate” Entry Fee:  $35 USD per song. (Eligible to win the “Grand Prize/Trip To Nashville”)  
  • “Young Achievers Award” Entry Fee : $25 USD. (Are also eligible to win the “Grand Prize/Trip To Nashville”) 
  • “Non-Performing Songwriter” Entry Fee: $25 USD per song. (Since the prize in this category is a “Specific Prize Package” and of higher value then then “Lyric Only” Prize. Entry into this category is not eligible to win the “Grand Prize/ Trip to Nashville”.)  
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  • “Lyric Only” Entry Fee : $20 USD per song lyric entry (Since entry into this category is a “Specific Prize Package. Entry into this category is not eligible to win the “Grand Prize/ Trip to Nashville”).
  • Once we have received your completed online entry and payment, we will send you a confirmation email within 48 hours.
  • Grand Prize
  • There will be one Grand Prize, which includes: (1) Return economy flight from the winners country of residence to Nashville for 7days/6nights and all expenses paid (accommodation, airport transfers and meal allowance).
  • The Grand Prize Winner will have their winning song produced in Nashville by Nashville Producer Gary Earl at Gary’s Studio http://www.recordingstudiob.com/ in Nashville.
  • There will also be an additional /second recording/production/mix by Multi-Platinum Award Winning Producers Sam Michaels from the production group “KlubJumper’s”.  
  • The Winning Produced song will be released and distributed throughout the USA and internationally via iTunes and leading download outlets.
  • The promotion will include the winning produced song being promoted internationally and across the USA by Top USA reputable promoters and the opportunity for radio interviews via Skype and during their time in Nashville.
  • Plus the Grand Prize Winner will perform their winning song at our “Your Music Out Loud In The USA Songwriter Nashville Showcase” at a local reputable Nashville venue in front of invited music industry guests.
  • TV Guest Appearance.
  • As the paid trip to Nashville prize is for one person ONLY, if the winning entry is an act or band with multiple members, they will have to nominate a SINGLE representative to receive the prize on behalf of the others. Or the other members of the band can also come to Nashville, but at their own expense.
  • If the Grand Prize Winner is under the age of 18 they must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian who will have to accompany the under 18 Entrant at their own expense.
  • If at any point the Winner is unable to fulfill their winning prize commitments the prize will simply be awarded to the First place Runner Up.
  • The Grand Prize Winner must either hold a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport at winner’s expense and travel visa (i.e. if entrant lives outside of the USA and is required by an entrant to enter the USA).   
  • Entrants must be willing for their winning song to be released and marketed commercially if they win the Grand Prize and will be bound the rules of this song competition.
  • Runner Up Prizes
  • There will be 3 Runner Ups chosen, each with a choice to choose their prize being either:
  • A Mentorship with Hollywood based Celebrity Songwriter/Mentor and Coach, Alan Roy Scott
  • OR
  • Voice lessons with Top Vocal Coach Robin Earl
  • OR
  •  A choice of a selection of High Quality Music Equipment, Instruments
  • and/or Studio Recording Gear donated by our current Music Supplier.
  • The “Lyrics ONLY Category” 1st Prize 
  • The “Lyrics ONLY Category” 1st Prize “Special Package” Includes; 
  • A Career Mentoring Session With “President of Global Songwriters Connection” Sheree Spoltore, 
  • A Global Songwriter Connection Year Membership
  • PLUS A Cash Prize (to be announced).
  • The “Young Achievers Award” Category 1st Prize
  • The “Young Achievers Award” Category 1st Prize Winner “Special Package” Includes:
  • $500 USD CASH PRIZE
  • And Other Prizes (to be announced).
  • The “Non Performing Songwriter” Category 1st Prize
  • The “Non Performing Songwriter” Category 1st Prize Winner “Special Package” Includes :
  • A “Songwriters Demo” Recorded by Gary Earl Productions
  • A 2nd Demo Remix produced by Sam Michaels from “KlubJumpers”
  • Both Recorded by a Top Nashville “Session Singer”
  • Plus Other Prizes (to be announced).
  • TOP 30 Short List Prize 
  • The Judges will decide on a “TOP 30 List” of the best 30 songs entered and for those that make this list the 3 Runner Ups and overall Grand Prize Winner will be selected.
  • All the songs that make the “Top 30 Short List” will be played and featured on a specific Radio show on “Fame Music Radio” that broadcasts to over 156 countries www.famemusic.co.za
  • Entrants that make it into the “TOP 30 Short List” will be notified by email as to the exact details of the radio broadcast. 

 

  • Judging Process
  • Winners will be chosen by a select judging panel of Top American and International Music Industry Professionals.
  • The Judging panel will not be concerned with the over production or arrangement of the song, but will judge primarily on the overall strength and quality of the song, lyric and voice. We do, however, suggest a clear vocal so to help showcase the singer’s vocal ability, vocal tone and so we can hear the lyrics. 
  •  Prize winners will be announced at “Your Music Out Loud In The USA Songwriter New York City Showcase” in October 2017, (exact date we are awaiting confirmation but will be announced once we have final confirmation) were the 2016 Grand Prize Winner will showcase their winning song from the previous “Your Music Out Loud in the USA Song Competition 2016”.
  • There will also be a Live broadcast via “Concert Window” of  the showcase so all entrants will be able to tune in to watch the showcase and hear the results of the competition.  Winners will also be notified by email.
  •  The Judges decision is final and if the winner does not respond within 30 days of notification, the Grand Prize will go to the first place Runner up. 
  • Any additional prizes will be added to the contest rules.
  • Prizes may vary according to service provider and availability.  
  • All Finalists & Runner Ups will receive “Certificates Of Achievement”.
  • You can enter as many songs as you want BUT NO COVER songs, all songs MUST be ORIGINAL, either yours or where you have written permission from the actual songwriter/s to use their song you are entering.
  • Ownership, Royalties, and copyrights of the winning entry will remain with the songwriter/s.
  •  BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU. We cannot be responsible for late, damaged, misdirected, misappropriated entries, or for faulty file uploaded online entries. Also, no refunds once payment & submission of songs has been been received.
  • This competition is bound by the laws and legislations that govern the United States Of America and so therefore we reserve the right to amend changes to be in keeping with any current or immediate changes to those laws and legislations.

“Your Music Out Loud in the USA Song Competition 2017” is supported by and in conjunction with: 

  • Gary Earl and Gary Earl Productions
  • Representatives of KJ-International Music GROUP
  • CEO & Program Director at “FAME MUSIC RADIO” Georg Heglemann
  • Grammy Nominated New York City Producer, Steve Addabbo
  • Top Hollywood Celebrity Songwriter and Mentor, Alan Roy Scott
  • Career Consultant, Manager, PR, Mike Gormley
  • Singer, Songwriter & Host of “Accent On”! ILONA EUROPA              
  • Top Voice Coach/Vocal Producer, Robin Earl
  • Australian Singer-songwriter from Queensland,now based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Natalie HOWARD
  • Multi Platinum Award Winning Producer and CEO of Production Team “KlubJumpers”, Sam Michaels 
  • Program Director for California’s Rhythm 105.9FM & American Billboard Chart Reporter, Dan Mathews
  • Top 50 American Billboard charting, Manhattan based Australian Songwriter & Recording Artist, Liz Scott.

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