Singer/Songwriter Awards Round 2 - 2011

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Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to submit to The Singer/Songwriter Awards. This year's awards have brought together an exceptional panel of judges.

Six contest winners will choose from six different prize packages, including:

  • an exclusive recording session with producer Steve Williams (Sting, Eric Clapton)

  • a one week songwriting retreat in Stockholm, Sweden

  • television and film placement

  • college radio promotion and more

Selected songs will also be supported through global digital distribution, sync licensing administration and online promotion./n/nWe Are Listening has brought together an exceptional panel of judges for an extraordinary international song contest - The Singer/Songwriter Awards.

Six gifted contest winners will choose from six different prize packages, including an exclusive recording session with producer Steve Williams (Sting, Eric Clapton, Seal) in London, England; one week songwriting retreat in Stockholm, Sweden; television and film placement; 8 week US college and community radio promotion; record mixing and mastering; and CD duplication.

Congratulations to Kaci Bolls, Delaney Gibson, and Going Some Place, Aaron Thompson, who each won a Godin guitar in a special drawing from We Are Listening during the month of May.

As part of the prize, selected songs will also be non-exclusively represented by We Are Listening and supported through global digital distribution, sync licensing administration and online promotion. Catering to all genres of music and artists around the world - signed or unsigned - The Singer/Songwriter Awards is your opportunity to get your music heard, promoted and sold.


Selected artists will have a choice of one of the following six prize packages:

1. Recording Session in London, England

Two day recording session at Sphere Studios London, one of the top recording studios in the UK, with producer Steve Williams (Sting, Eric Clapton, Seal) and engineer, Francesco Cameli (Duran Duran, NIN, Phil Collins), and up to five session musicians if necessary. Two nights at the luxurious myHotel Bloomsbury, international/domestic flights and local transportation is included.

2. Songwriter’s Retreat in Stockholm, Sweden

Six nights at the Phrased Differently resort. Phrased Differently Music Publishing has achieved over 150 international song placements since 2006, half of which from writers who attended their retreat. Writers that have attended in the past have had songs released by Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, Joss Stone, Craig David, Whitney Houston, Rob Thomas, Faith Hill, Will Young, Lilly Allen, John Legend, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Bon Jovi and many more.

3. Television and Film Placement

Representation for three months by We Are Listening Publishing with a goal of obtaining a minimum of three individual (network sized) licenses for either film or television. Affiliation with a US performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC) is not necessary but highly recommended.

4. College and Community Radio Promotion

Three hundred and fifty (on average) radio station-mailing campaign (approx. eight weeks) serviced by Tinderbox Music. A radio "add date" will be selected. Thereafter, the product, with a radio "one-sheet", shall be serviced to all the participating stations. All submissions are fully supported throughout the eight-week campaign with weekly tracking calls and reports to the artist. Only reporting stations shall be serviced. An industry standard "one-sheet" will be provided as well as all mailing materials for the artist.

5. Album Mix and Mastering

Full album mixing and mastering by either We Are Listening’s in-house mix and mastering engineers or outsourced professionals, depending on the project schedule and the artist’s location.

6. CD duplication

1000 retail-ready audio CDs (4 panel digipak, full colour on-disc, poly-wrap and UPC bar code). Artist must provide the artwork.

Judges include:

  • Andrea Stolpe, Songwriter, Universal Music Publishing (Faith Hill, Daniel Lee Martin, Josh Gracin)

  • Bahar Tozman, General Manager of A&R, EMI Music Publishing Germany

  • Carly Vermes, Music Supervisor, Paramount Pictures

  • Charles Foskett, Producer (Elvis Costello, Paul Young, Bonnie Tyler)

  • Charlie Mole, Songwriter & Filmscorer (Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Lenny Kravitz)

  • Chris Jackson, Director of Music, Comcast Emtertainment Group

  • Chris Van Belkom, Creative Director, Combustion Music

  • Daryl Berg, Director of Supervision, FUEL TV

  • Don Grierson, Former Label Executive (Capitol Records, EMI)

  • Dory Benami, Film & TV Distribution Executive, New Regency Productions

  • Eavan Porter, Management, Nettwerk Music Group

  • Frank Ilfman, Filmscorer (Guy Ritchie's "Revolver", "The Intruder")

  • Hiten Bharadia, Managing Director, Phrased Differently (Enrique Iglesias, Craig David, Lemar)

  • Jack Perricone, Berklee College of Music (David Geddes, Lou Rawls, Jerry Butler)

  • Jay Frank, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT

  • Jimmy Kachulis, Berklee College of Music (George Coleman, Jon Hendricks, Eric Gale)

  • John Stevens, Berklee College of Music, Author of 'The Music of John Lennon'

  • Jolene Pellant, Yes Dear Entertainment

  • Justin Levenson, Manager of Licensing operations, SESAC

  • Katia Kadet (Babykat), Grammy Nominated Songwriter ('911' - Wyclef Jean and Mary J.

  • KK, Composer/Producer (Bjork, Dido, Nelly Furtado)

  • Micky Guy, Dance Producer/DJ (Marc Almond, Lucca Ricci, Vibe Junction)

  • Natalia Nastaskin, Head of Business Affairs, The Agency Group

  • Paul Zamek, Former Label Executive (Capitol Records, EMI)

  • Richard Kirstein, Founder, Leap Music

  • Sara Light, Co-Founder & President, (2000 SESAC Song of the Year, 2003 Tony
    Award nominee for Best Original Score)

  • Scott Gunter, Creative Director/Publisher, Universal Music Publishing

  • Sharon Farber, Filmscorer ('Starting Over', 'Superman')

  • Shele Sondheim, President/CEO, CSM Words and Music (Natalie Cole, Little Richard, Billy Preston)

  • Stephanie Furgang Adwar, Entertainment Lawyer, Furgang & Adwar

  • Steve Williams, Producer (Sting, Seal, Eric Clapton)

  • Thomas Scherer, Parasongs Group

About We Are Listening:

We Are Listening is the leading provider of international music contests for recording artists, songwriters and lyricists. Their exclusive career-launching song contest prizes have landed their winners on the stages of the world’s largest music festivals, placed their songs on internationally syndicated television shows, and secured the most desirable co-writing, publishing and recording opportunities in the business. We Are Listening's distinguished and prestigious panel of contest judges includes executives at EMI, Universal, and SonyBMG; songwriters credited by Faith Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Chaka Khan; producers credited by Sting, Bjork, and Dido; and professors at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. Be sure to check out We Are Listening's success stories.

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