26th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest

Posted by:  Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW)


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The deadline is coming soon to submit to the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Prizes include a $1000 Grand Prize, and the $100 Gold prize in each category (new this year). You may submit a song in multiple categories. It is possible for the songs you submit to win gold in any category you enter./n/nThe Songwriters' Association of Washington presents the very special 26th 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, and the $100 Gold prize in each category (new this year) provides funding for many educational and networking opportunities in the art and business of songwriting.

You may submit a song in multiple categories. It is possible for the songs you submit to win gold in any category you enter. You will not be penalized for entering in multiple categories.

Submissions are accepted in the following categories:
Adult Contemporary, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock/Alternative, Vocal Jazz and Blues, Open, R&B/HipHop/Urban, Country/Bluegrass, Gospel/Inspirational/Christian, Children's, Instrumental. All genres listed above should be submitted in the most appropriate of the stated eleven submission categories.

Prizes are as follows:

  • Grand Prize- $1,000 cash, Live Music Video (up to $1000 value) recorded at Stairway East Rehearsal Studio, Manassas, Virginia; 1 year Sonicbids membership, 3 yr SAW membership, 1 International Folk Alliance Conference Registration +1 Year FA Membership transferable if not able to be used --does not include travel), Grand Prize Award Glass Trophy.

  • Second Place Overall-$500 cash, 1 year Sonicbids membership, 2 year SAW membership, and Second Place Overall Glass Trophy.

  • Third Place Overall-$250 cash, 1 year Sonicbids membership, 1 year SAW membership, plus Third Place Overall Glass Trophy.

    Please note:Grand, Second & Third Place Overall receive the larger cash/product prizes ($1000, $500 & $250 plus memberships, services and products), and not the smaller Gold category or special category cash/product prizes.

    Other Cash Prizes:
  • New Gold in each Category- $100 cash prize and gold winner trophy.

    Special Prizes

  • Young Artist Prize- $100 cash prize and 1 year Sonicbids membership to be awarded to the top song submitted by a songwriter aged 21 or younger at time of contest deadline (all co-writers must be under 21). The total prize of $100 is given to the submitting songwriter.

    Certificates are awarded to all other entries meriting finalist and honorable mention status.

    There is a special MASC 26th anniversary new member rate to join SAW($25), giving writers a great deal if they submit multiple songs. Also offered are progressive bundle discounts for 5 or more entries.

  • Grand Prize, 2nd & 3rd overall- Will be announced at the Very Special 26th Anniversary of MASC Awards Ceremony & Gala (c. January 2010!) in the Washington, DC area. Gold winning songwriters MAY be invited to perform at the event as time allows and will be contacted as early as possible to enable them to do so. Not all winners will be able to perform but they will be mentioned by name from the stage.

  • Very special drawings at the Awards Gala- SAW will have their "Swag Bag" loaded with tons of stuff to be given away to those drawn from the honorable mention winners group and even a few prizes drawn for audience members.

    Lyrics must be submitted with each entry. For Instrumental category you must submit a 3-sentence description of artistic intent.

    This is an all volunteer organization/judges are professional artists, venue operators, presenters, Performing Rights Organization representatives, label representatives, DJs and Satellite radio representatives, financial backers & music supporters. They are not paid. SAW will post winners on their website at www.saw.org f