Music City Songwriting Competition 2007

Posted by:  Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Summary

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) is launching the “Music City Songwriting Competition” and will partner with Phil Vassar, XM Satellite Radio, Jack Daniel’s, GAC, Southwest Airlines, Universal Records South, The Music Group International and Renaissance Nashville Hotel to make it all happen.

Prizes for the competition include:

Grand Prize winner will receive:



  • 2 Nights at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel October 5 & 6, 2007
  • Winning song produced by Universal Records South President, Mark Wright
  • Performance of winning song on the XM show, “Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits" hosted by Phil Vassar
  • Roundtrip Southwest Airline tickets to and from Nashville
  • Transportation from airport to hotel and return
  • Single-song publishing contract with The Music Group International
  • Personalized Autographed Phil Vassar CD for winner
  • 2 Music City Star Cards (complimentary admission to over 30 Nashville attractions)
  • Nashville Welcome Kit upon arrival with Nashville souvenirs

Top 25 Finalists will receive:



  • Music City Songwriting Competition Certificate of Recognition
  • Music City Gift Bag

Each songwriter will receive Phil Vassar’s latest CD: This Is Your Life, to be mailed upon album release (please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery).

Entries will be narrowed down to the top 25, which will then be judged by a panel of top names in the Nashville music industry, including:


  • Universal Records South recording artist Phil Vassar
  • Grammy winning songwriter Tim Nichols
  • ASCAP’s Mike Sistad
  • Butch Spyridon, Nashville CVB President
  • Music publisher Barbara Orbison
  • Universal Records South A&R Executive Cliff Audretch

Judges will rate each song based on the following criteria: Melody, composition, originality, lyrics and most importantly, commercial appeal.

Terms And Conditions

Entries will be accepted July 1-August 31, 2007.
1. Each song must be 5 minutes or less in length.
Two copies of the lyric sheet for each entry (please include English translation, if applicable, and type or print legibly). Do not send sheet music with your entry.

2. All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry form and entrant, upon entering, warrants that they have the absolute right to enter (including approval from non-entrant co-writers). Entrant shall, by entering, indemnify and hold Music City Songwriting Competition (MCSC) produced by Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with the foregoing.
3. Contest is open to amateur songwriters/co-songwriters only. Writers that derive the majority of their income from songwriting or have ever had a staff writing deal with a publishing company may not enter. No songs under a professional contract may be entered. The song being submitted must not have been previously published.
4. Entrant may submit as many songs as desired. It is entrant's responsibility to ensure that the submitted song(s) are complete and playable. All entry fees are non-refundable. MCSC does not give feedback or a critique to entrants.
5. MCSC is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries.
6. Entries will be initially screened by MCSC, and the semi-finalists will be sent to the judges who will select the top 25 finalists. The judging committee consists of high-profile music industry professionals including record label executives, producers, and artists. Songs are judged equally on melody, composition, originality, lyrics and most importantly, commercial appeal. Lyrics must be in English. Quality of performance and production will not be considered. All prizes will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-authors is the responsibility of winners.

7. Top 25 finalists will be posted on the MCSC website (www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors) the week of September 10, 2007 and the Grand Prize winner will be selected on or around September 15, 2007. The Grand Prize winner will arrive in Nashville on October 5, 2007. MCSC will use its best efforts to announce the finalists at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays. Finalists will be notified by email or phone. Finalists will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that finalists song is original and he/she holds rights to the song. Failure to sign and return the form within the required time period or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate finalist may be selected. Affidavits are subject to verification by MCSC and its agents. Entry constitutes a non-exclusive license for permission to use finalists name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
8. Prizes:
Each entry will receive Phil Vassars latest CD: This Is Your Life to be mailed upon album release (please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery).

Top 25 Finalists will receive:
Music City Songwriting Competition Certificate of Recognition
Music City Gift Bag

Grand Prize winner will receive:
2 roundtrip Southwest Airline tickets to and from Nashville (winner must fly from a SWA serviced airport and is responsible for their own transportation to and from the SWA serviced airport)
Transportation from airport to hotel and return
2 Nights at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel October 5 & 6, 2007
Winning song produced by Universal Records South President, Mark Wright
Single-song publishing contract with The Music Group International
Performance of winning song on the XM show, Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits hosted by Phil Vassar
Personalized Autographed Phil Vassar CD for winner
2 Music City Star Cards (complimentary admission to over 30 Nashville attractions)
Nashville Welcome Kit upon arrival with Nashville souvenirs

There will be no transfer and substitution of prizes except as necessary due to availability in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. If it is necessary to substitute a prize, MCSC reserves the right to give the winner a cash substitute determined by the wholesale value of the prize. All winners agree to release MCSC and sponsors including: Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jack Daniels, Great American Country, XM Satellite Radio, Universal Records South, The Music Group International, Southwest Airlines and Renaissance Nashville Hotel from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of winner. MCSC will not pay any winners' taxes.
9. Entrant agrees that should his/her song(s) be selected as a top 25 finalist, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau shall have the right to include the finalists and winning song(s) on a Music City Compilation CD to be used for promotional purposes in marketing efforts of Music City.
10. Each entrant retains all ownership rights to all submitted song(s). Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau will not have any ownership rights to any song(s) submitted. However, the Grand Prize winner acknowledges and agrees to transfer all ownership rights in and to the winning song to The Music Group International publishing company pursuant to the single-song publishing contract between the company and winner. Although the winner retains the right to reject the terms of the contract offer by The Music Group International, the rejection of such contract shall constitute a forfeiture of this portion of the Grand Prize.
11. Entrant acknowledges that all songs entered may be distributed to judges who will be selecting the top 25 finalists and Grand Prize winner, and Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold MCSC, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in MCSC.
12. By entering the Music City Songwriting Competition, entrant and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of MCSC and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Music City Songwriting Competition Rules and Regulations as established herein.