SongwriterUniverse Best Song Of The Month (January '13)

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The "Best Song Of The Month Contest" honors and publicizes the top songs which are submitted each month to the popular SongwriterUniverse online magazine/website, which now attracts 75,000 visitors per month.This contest not only spotlights the winning song and songwriter, but also showcases the Top Five songs of the month. Many pro songwriters, A&R execs, publishers and producers check out the winning songs each month. Notably, the SongwriterUniverse Advisory Board consists of five, hit songwriters: Billy Steinberg, Brenda Russell, Allan Rich, Jud Friedman and Jeff Silbar.

SongwriterUniverse is headed by veteran music publisher/A&R exec Dale Kawashima, who previously was President of Michael Jackson’s ATV Music, and a creative exec at Sony, Motown and Mercury Records. Kawashima is currently Executive Director of HoriPro Entertainment Group, which is an internationally-known music publishing company (with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville and Tokyo), Japan-based record label and talent agency. HoriPro publishes worldwide the catalogs of KISS, REO Speedwagon, Marilyn Manson, Sophie B. Hawkins, the Byrds, Jerry Reed, plus many country hits. HoriPro is also co-owner of WHD Records in Japan (distributed by Victor Records), which signs and releases international (English-language) artists.

The writer(s) of the winning song will be interviewed for a very positive, feature article in SongwriterUniverse. The article will remain online for at least one year, so many people can view this article over an extended period. The article will include a photo of the winner, streaming audio of the winning song, plus a link to the writer’s website and email address. The winning song & writer (plus their photo) will be announced on the front, home page of the SongwriterUniverse site. In addition, the four other finalist songs will be spotlighted on the same article page, with the names of the finalists and their winning songs, their photos, streaming audio of their songs, plus their website and e-mail links. The winning songwriter & four finalists will receive several prizes, including a free 6 month Sonicbids membership.

Important Note: The Top Five Songs each month will be reviewed for consideration by executives at HoriPro Music Publishing and WHD Records. HoriPro has already offered major publishing deals to two previous winners of the song contest.

The four prizes for the Contest Winner are: (1) a One-Year Primo Membership with, which includes full access to their online promotional tools and services (value $199); (2) a copy of the "A&R Registry" directory book (value $75); (3) a copy of the "Music Publishers Registry" directory book (value $80); and (4) a copy of the "Indie Bible" resource book for independent artists (value $35).

In addition, the Four Other Finalists (Runner-Ups) shall receive the following prize: (1) a One-Year Primo Membership with, which includes full access to their online promotional tools and services (value $199).

All genres of music will be accepted for this contest. Each song will be judged on its artistic merit, originality, craft and market potential. Demos do not have to be elaborately produced, but they need to be presented in a professional manner.

Please note: Your submission will be judged for the contest during the month it is received.