28th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest

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Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to submit to the 28th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest- presented by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW), which helps 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, including cash prizes up to $1000, free SAW and Sonicbids memberships, trophies and many more./n/nDue to recent flooding and storms in the Mid Atlantic region, the submission deadline has been extended to Friday, September 30th.

The Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW) presents the very special 28th 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.

The submission fee, in addition to making you eligible for a $1000 Grand Prize, and the $100 Gold prize in each category 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, Acoustic/Folk, Country/Bluegrass, Children's, Instrumental, Open, Vocal Jazz/Blues, Rock/Alternative, Pop, Rap/Urban/R&B, Gospel/Christian/Inspirational.

Prizes are as follows:

  • Grand Prize- $1,000 cash; 1 year Sonicbids membership, 3 year SAW membership, Grand Prize Award
  • Second Place Overall- $500 cash, 1 year Sonicbids membership, 2 year SAW membership, and Second Place Overall Trophy.
  • Third Place Overall- $250 cash, 1 year Sonicbids membership, 1 year SAW membership, plus Third Place Overall 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.

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

  • Director¬ís Choice Award-There is no cash award, but the Director may choose one song not among the gold winners to be acknowledged and included on the compilation CD.

  • Inclusion on Compilation CD- The Grand Prize, Second and Third Place Overall Prizes, and all songs placing Gold or Silver will be included on the official contest compilation CD.

  • Early Bird Prize- Two artists who submit by July 15th will win a free 2-year membership to SAW.

Certificates are awarded to all other entries meriting finalist and honorable mention status. There is a special MASC 28th new member rate to join SAW ($25), giving writers a great deal if they submit multiple songs. Also offered to members and non-members alike is a progressive bundle discount for 5 or more entries.

Grand Prize, second, and third overall will be announced at the 28th MASC Awards Ceremony & Gala (January 2012) in the Washington, DC area. Gold- and Silver-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.

Other Things You Should Know:
Lyrics must be submitted with each entry. For Instrumental category you must submit a 3-sentence description of artistic intent.

Judges are chosen from music industry professionals, which include professional artists, venue operators, presenters, Performing Rights Organization representatives, label representatives, DJs and Satellite radio representatives, financial backers & music supporters. They volunteer their time and expertise, for which MASC is very grateful.

SAW will post winners on their website at www.saw.org following the Gala.

SAW will make every effort to reach winners as early as possible to alert them to their status in order to allow them to plan for attendance at the Gala. Check website for regular prize updates. 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. You may renew your membership in SAW through Sonicbids or through www.saw.org.