12th Annual Unisong International Song Contest

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Enter the 12th Annual “Unisong” International Song Contest, for your chance at more than $60,000 in total cash and prizes spread over 16 diverse categories, including our one-of-a-kind Grand Prize that really puts the “i” in international - a one-week all expenses paid writing and performing retreat to your choice of Ireland, Denmark, Crete, Sweden, Spain, or Big Sur (in partnership with Listening Room International Songwriter Retreats), plus a valuable prize package by FXPansion, Image Line Software, & Loopmasters. Your passport to a musical planet.

Or for those who would rather stay closer to home and have the cash for other things, we are offering an alternative $2,500 Grand Prize, plus the same package of cool additional prizes.

At Unisong (created for songwriters, by songwriters, and going strong since 1997), we pride ourselves on the personal attention we give our entrants, unique opportunities, pioneering innovations, and having fun trying to stay one step ahead of the pack. What do you expect from a bunch of veteran songwriters like us?

For this edition of the competition we are offering 16 songwriting categories across a wide range of musical genres to cover whatever you are writing: Pop Ballad, Pop Uptempo/Dance, Country, Rock (Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Alternative, Heavy Metal, & Soft Rock), Acoustic/Folk, R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap, AAA/Americana, Gospel/Christian, Jazz & Blues (Vocal or Instrumental, Social/Political, Children's, World Music (Including Latin, Reggae, & Non-English), Instrumental (Any style of music), Seasonal/Specialty (Christmas, Broadway, Cabaret, Patriotic, Novelty, Wedding, Birthday), Lyrics Only, and Performance (Artist & Song) where the winner is judged equally on the quality of their song AND the performance of it.

Past Unisong judges have included Lamont Dozier, Diane Warren, Bonnie Greenberg, Tom Sturges, K.C. Porter, Dave Koz, Peter Frampton, Fee Waybill, Alan Rich, Brenda Russell, Randy Bachman, Lester Sill, Don Grierson, Andrew Gold, Barry Mann, Randy Sharp, Harriet Schock, Mike Stoller, John Braheny, Michael Jay, Jorge Corrante, Don Was, John Kalodner, Bruce Lundvall & Desmond Child among many.

Popular Unisong features include our “Winners of the Month,” an additional “contest-within-a-contest” where one winner selected in-house will automatically be selected from all entries in a given month and awarded $250 cash and prizes, plus a one month individual spotlight of the writer and their song on our website.

We also offer a quality critique for any song (once you submit your first song, this option will become available). For this 12th edition we will be offering it in two versions, a more standard form, or fuller custom critique. Our team of knowledgeable and helpful critique experts are drawn from the same high level pool of songwriters, publishers, artists, and record company executives who do our regular judging.

And once again we'll be making our Discmakers/Unisong Volume 4 Winner’s compilation CD (consisting of all the main 1st prize category winners plus the four “Winner of the Month” songs) that we promote around the industry for additional exposure for our top winners.

Our solid list of sponsors for the 12th edition include: Shure, Line 6, Music Biz Registry, Disc Makers, Taxi, Songlink International, Masterwriter, FXPansion, Brett Perkins Presents, Shubb, Loopmasters, Don Grierson Consulting, Music Connection, Songsalive!, Indiebible, Chet McCracken, SongU.com Loggins Promotion, Toontracks, Image Line Software, MyRecordLabel.net, ConcertsInYourHome.com, Dan Kimpel, Rock Star Image, Music Bridges, & of course Sonicbids.

So enter a few songs, get some valuable critique feedback, and pack your bags with Unisong. We hope to see you in the winners circle come next March.