The UK Songwriting Contest 2012

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Sonicbids member exclusive! The deadline has been extended, but only for Sonicbids members, and only through July 11th! "Less than 24 hours after contacting BBC Radio Kent with the news that I had made it as a twice-finalist in The UK Songwriting Contest, the newsdesk came back to me and organised an interview. Later that day the piece was broadcast on a radio programme featuring an interview with the pop singer Lulu." - Rudi Cazeaux, finalist

The UK Songwriting Contest is open to songwriters from around the globe, and is expected to award over $400,000 USD (£300,000) in prizes in 2011, plus an incentives package with every single entry./n/nPlease Note: Results will be published on the UK Songwriting Contest Website on December 20, 2012.

The UK Songwriting Contest is a prestigious international song contest based in London and open to songwriters from around the globe. Every songwriter from any country can showcase songs to the music industry in London and win great prizes including mentoring by top producers, professional production packages and much more. The UKSC will award $400,000 USD (£300,000) in prizes in 2012 including a package of incentives included with every single entry.

The Grand Prize package includes:

  • Personal mentoring with Sting's producer Kipper Eldridge

  • A professional recording package with world class musicians

  • Presentation gold disc award

  • Music copyright registrations package

  • Memberships of a number of top music organisations and websites Your song featured on the "Best of UKSC 2012" Album

  • Plus much much more...

Category Winners, Finalists and Semi Finalists:

There are impressive prize packages for all 15 category winners and for all finalists and semi finalists including copyright registrations, valuable memberships, songwriting courses and more - see the contest website for full details.

ALL ENTRANTS will receive the following along with their submission:

  • Feedback on the song and exact score and position reached in judging panels.

  • Frameable official UKSC Certificate (looks great on your studio wall).

  • 6 weeks of songwriting courses at - value $50 USD.

  • An additional $25 USD value in incentives.

  • The chance to be heard and discovered by top industry professionals in London.

The UKSC judges are Grammy, Emmy, CMA and BRIT Award winning Gold and Platinum Album producers and artists. Simon Cowell signed one of the winners of this contest and many past entrants have gone on to write for major artists and TV shows, have been offered publishing and recording deals, and have been featured on TV and radio and in the press. Full details are on the contest website.

Songs are accepted in 15 categories: Pop, Rock, Love Songs, Singer-Songwriter, Adult Contemporary, Jazz & Blues, Country, Christian/Faith, R&B/Hip/Rap, Lyrics Only, Instrumental, Open Category, Acoustic & Folk, Work in Progress and Electronic/Dance/Ambient. See the full list of prizes and incentives on the contest website.

What The Artists Have To Say:

"Beautifully run contest. I love this competition, communication just fantastic! Great work UKSC !!!! Many thanks for your brilliant competition!"

- Katie Hardyman, Australia (Katie was invited to perform her finalist song to millions live on prime time national Australian TV show Good Morning Australia within days of the results announcement).

"The UK Songwriting Contest is a great way for North American songwriters / artists to obtain a reliable and valued response to their music in the UK. This credit is great to include in your press kits for labels and radio etc. Thanks! Semi finalist in dance music"

- Rhayne Retieff, USA

"Out of all the music contests, the nicest one is the UK Songwriting Contest. They are well organized and very friendly and because of their high level of organization you end up meeting lots of very talented people. The networking power of this contest is worth more than just being a winner, semi-finalist or runner-up."

- dZ (Daniella Salone) Canada.

"The UKSC gave me the start and the motivation I needed and I really appreciate it. I am so happy to be here in London working in the best studios along with the UKSC judges, top producers and such great musicians."

- Younee (Korea).

"Publishing deal now signed for my winning UKSC Pop category Track "What Would It Be Like" I am well chuffed! Thank you so much. I have much respect for the UKSC team"
- Mary Hall (UK)

"The UK Songwriting Contest does what it says on the tin! This is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business"
- Channel 4 Television, national UK TV channel