Monday, September 24, 2012

USA Songwriting Competition Newsletter

The World's Leading International Songwriting Competition
"In songwriting I search for believability, simplicity, and emotional impact" ~ Hal David, legendary lyricist/songwriter

USA Songwriting Competition Newsletter 


** IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) ACCEPTING ENTRIES
The 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is now accepting entries. IAMA promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion,, Acoustica, SongU, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show, NoisyPlanet, Sonicbids, Broadjam and XM Satellite Radio.

IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels and with or without CD releases. Past years' winners include David Francey (Canada), Liz Longley, The Refugees (USA), Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (USA), Larry Pattis (USA), Omega (Uganda), El McMeen, etc.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.  Winning songs will be heard on radio! Winners and runner-ups will be featured on our CD compilation. Also, we feature up to 10 different artists get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month, which provides a review, ratings, CD information and more. The sooner, you enter, the sooner you get featured!

Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, Music Production and originality. (Please note that IAMA is a different competition from USA Songwriting Competition).

** EARLY ENTRY BONUS: First 1,000 entrants entered by September 28 or earlier will receive a FREE Acoustic Music Compilation CD, Hurry! Ways to enter:

EARLY ENTRY BONUS ENDING SOONFirst 1,000 entrants entered by September 28 or earlier will receive a FREE Acoustic Music Compilation CD, Ways to enter:

Online here with your MP3, Youtube, Reverbnation, Soundcloud files:

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Or via Broadjam

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*Acoustic Cafe radio show will air the current winners of IAMA in the month of October. It is available on 65 radio stations in North America as well as on it's site:

*Lorraine Ferro (2000 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) appeared last week on the hit TV show "The Voice".

*Aaron Tap (1998 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize Winner, Pop) plays with hit artist Matt Nathanson's band. His guitar work can be heard in Matt Nathanson's hit song "Come On Get Higher".

*Lindy Robbins (1999 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) co-wrote  Demi Lovato's hit song "Skyscraper", the song hit #10 on the Billboard Charts. She aslo wrote the Top 5 hit song "Incomplete" by the Backstreet Boys. She has also written songs for Hot Chelle Rae, Jason Derulo,  Selena Gomes, Leona Lewis and many more.

*The Wailin Jennys (8th Annual IAMA, Best Group, First Prize Winner) had their winning song "Bird Song" aired on NPR radio's "A Prairie Home Companion".

*Dave Berg (2003 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with Los Angeles and New York-based Downtown Music Publishing, and his upcoming full length album Not Quite So Alone will be released by Downtown imprint Mercer Street Records. Berg’s credits as a country songwriter include the No. 1 hits “Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, and “Moments” by Emerson Drive.

~Were you a past winner or finalist of the IAMA or USA Songwriting Competition and have some interesting news on yourself? If so, please e-mail us at:

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"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 9" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation. This CD is out and features winners such as Nenna Yvonne, Alexander Cardinale, Molly Hunt, etc. 

"New ACOUSTIC MUSIC Vol 8" - featuring winners and runner-ups of the 8th Annual IAMA will be out later this month. Artists includes; Maddy Rodriguez, Doug Young, The Wailin Jennys, etc.

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