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Getting new fans is the livelihood of any band. One way is to enter your music into contests to get recognition of your music. While some contests are scams to get money from artists, we have tried to find ones that have long term or innovative programs to help independent artists win new fans, money or recognition. 

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USA Songwriting Competition

They hold an International Songwriting Competition. The winners are selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers, A&R from Universal Music, Warner, EMI, Sony/BMG Music, and other distinguished professionals.

Muse’s Muse

The Muse's Muse is devoted to discussion and information having to do with the craft of songwriting. This page provides information on songwriting contests. Apart from this site provides songwriting association listings, music reviews, copyright and publishing info, articles, interviews and songwriting courses.


Location: Madison, WI 53719
Broadjam lists various musician contests that are going on from different companies with submission start and end date.  

Our Stage

Upload your best tune, and if our fan base likes it, they vote accordingly. Best song each month wins $5000 plus the winners play at events like SXSW, Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, CMJ Music Marathon and get exposure through partners like Noise Pop, PLUG, and Paste.

Great American Song

Great American Song Contest is open to songwriters everywhere and features $10,000 in Prizes. GASC Judges include some of the music industry's top professionals — publishers, producers and Grammy-nominated songwriters — and every songwriter who enters receives written evaluations of their work from the contest judges.

Artist Signal

Artist Signal launched in March 2012 pays $25,000 every 90 days to the artist that gets the most votes. It's free for artists to sign up. 

World Sings

Worldsings.com is a new social networking site that allows artists and friends to connect. You upload one video for free and each one after that is $10. There is $1,000,000 in prize money, while also gaining great exposure.  Deadlines for submissions is November 30, 2009. 

International Songwriting Competition

Location: Nashville, 37206
International Songwriting Competition

Song of the Year

Location: Houston, TX 77070
Song of the Year is an international contest encouraging the art and discipline of songwriting. They find great songwriters while helping them network with professionals in the music industry. Songwriter's submissions are judged by a panel of music professionals. Song of the year also sends 50 songs each month to record labels, music publishers, and other music resources. 

We Are Listening

We Are Listening offers various contests in categories such as singer/songwriter, lyric, breaking the band, world of music, and music video awards. Depending on the category there are various types of awards.  

The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Location: Wilkesboro, NC 28697
MerleFest offers songwriters the opportunity to have their original songs heard by a panel of professional songwriters and others from the Nashville music industry by participating in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Contest

The Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Contest promotes small, but highly talented musicians.

SongDoor Songwriting Competition

SongDoor is an annual worldwide songwriting competition that's open to amateurs and professionals, ages 16 and older across a variety of genres.

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