24th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest

Posted by:  Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW)


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The Songwriters' Association of Washington presents the 24th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through educational programs. Winners in individual categories compete for overall Grand, Second and Third Prizes. Your entry fee, in addition to making you eligible for a $1000 Grand Prize, provides funding for many educational and networking opportunities in the art and business of songwriting.

Submit by the July 1, 2007 midnight early bird entry deadline to be eligible for a 1 year TAXI membership!

Submissions are accepted in the following categories:

Acoustic & Folk, Adult Contemporary, Children's, Country/Bluegrass, Gospel/Inspirational/Christian, Instrumental (all genres), Pop, R&B/Hiphop, Rock/Alternative, Vocal Jazz & Blues, Open (Includes all genres not listed above).

Lyrics must be submitted with each entry (or 3 sentence description for instrumentals)

Prizes are as follows:

  • GRAND PRIZE: $1,000 cash, 1 year TAXI membership, 1 copy of Master Writer Songwriting Software, 3 yr SAW membership, International Folk Alliance Conference Conf. Registration +1 Year FA Membership (transferable if not able to be used----does not include travel)

  • SECOND PLACE OVERALL: $500 cash, 1 year TAXI membership, 1 copy of Master Writer Songwriting Software, 2 year SAW membership

  • THIRD PLACE OVERALL: $250 cash, 1 year TAXI membership, 1 year SAW membership, 1 copy of Master Writer Songwriting Software

    Grand, Second & Third Place Overall are not eligible for individual category prizes

  • GOLD IN EACH CATEGORY: Free CD mastering and one 70 minute CD original of your pre-recorded material, from Omega Recording Studios, plus copy of 2007 Songwriters’ Market book by Ian Bessler, 6 month Sonicbids membership.

  • SILVER IN EACH CATEGORY: 2007 Copy of Songwriter’s Market book by Ian Bessler, 6 month Sonicbids membership.

  • YOUNG ARTIST PRIZE: $200 cash prize to be awarded to the top song by a songwriter age 21 or younger

  • SPECIAL DRAWING AT AWARDS GALA FOR CF MARTIN Guitar. And don’t forget! We will also have our “Swag Bag" prizes! loaded with even more stuff including personal vocal & guitar clinics.

Winning songwriters are invited to perform in Washington, DC at the Awards Ceremony Gala in November/December and twenty of the winning songs are included on a compilation CD. Please note that due to technical limitations new category winners might not appear on compilation CD. Certificates are awarded to other entries meriting finalist and honorable mention status.

There is a special new member rate to join SAW ($25) if you enter the song contest (see the SAW web site for details). Also offered are progressive bundle discounts for 5 or more entries. Purchase your membership online or mail or in your membership check to SAW by June 30th and you qualify for member rates (a serious reduction!)

CHECK WEBSITE FOR PRIZE UPDATES such as discounts on the 2008 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, a Martin Guitar and other opportunities for songwriters.

We do not provide judge’s comments.

Please note: You must be a SAW member to submit using the SAW member discount package. Your entries are subject to disqualification if you are not a member and submit using the incorrect package.