First Run Songwriting Competition

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Summary

The First Run Songwriting Competition is accepting submissions in Jazz, R&B/Soul, and Lyrics/Song Poetry Only categories. Contestants must compose music and lyrics according to guidelines for each category. One winner from each category will have their song featured in the Stage production, Firstborn in April 2010./n/nThe First Run Songwriting Competition is a Songwriting/Composing Contest open to songwriters, lyricists and music composers everywhere with a special division for writers and composers under 25. Winners will be selected in Jazz, R&B/Soul, and Lyrics/Song Poetry Only categories.



Contestants must compose music and lyrics according to guidelines for each category. One winner from each category will have their song featured in the Stage production, Firstborn in April 2010.



Categories:


  • Jazz: Songs should be 3-5 minutes long and piano centered. Submissions should have the title "Firstborn" and must have lyrics reflecting hope for a newly born daughter, the challenges that life presents and the love that will always be hers. It should be straight-ahead jazz, jazz fusion with R&B/Soul, or jazz fusion with contemporary acoustic/folk.
  • R&B/Soul: Songs should be 3-5 minutes long and feature any instrumentation. The style of the track should be a ballad in R&B, soul, neo-soul and/or acoustic fusion genres. Submissions can have any title, but lyrics should reflect a hope that beauty will return again in a life and love that was once beautiful, then changed for the worse.
  • Lyrics/Song Poetry Only:
    Writers may submit lyrics for either the Jazz or R&B/Soul guidelines. Judges in this lyrics only category base their evaluations on effective use of lyrical technique, story/theme development, rhyming and overall songwriting effectiveness. Judges also consider how successfully a lyric can be adapted to music.

Terms And Conditions

First Run Song Contest is open to songwriters, lyricists and music composers everywhere.

This event is designed for amateur and semi-pro songwriters only. Individuals who earn over $5,000 in publishing royalties per year are not eligible.

An entry fee of $20 is required for each song entered, and $10 for contestants under 25 years of age. There's no limit on the number of songs.

The event deadline is January 30, 2010. Online and Direct Email submissions must be received by this date. Mailed submissions must be postmarked on or before this date.

All entrants will receive an entry confirmation and judging schedule when the submissions are received and processed.

WRITERS RETAIN ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR SONGS AND LYRICS