Monday, December 17, 2012

USA Songwriting Competition Newsletter

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USA Songwriting Competition Newsletter 


18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries. Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000.
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Results of the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition have been announced. Los Angeles based songwriter Mike Schmid won the top position of the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition.

Berklee College of Music trained Mike Schmid won Overall Grand Prize as well as the first prize of the Children's music category with his song “Can You See All The Colors”. This is the first time that the winner of the Children's music category won the Overall Grand Prize. Mike Schmid is professional keyboard player and has toured with Miley Cyrus and Jessica Simpson. He also received a bachelors degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music.

Jonathan Ferreri, Chris Upton & Ashley Upton of Nashville, TN won the Overall 2nd Prize with "20 Years". He has won honorable mention prize in 2010.

Charlotte Sometimes won the Overall 3rd Prize with "Paint The Sky". she also appeared on the hit TV show "The Voice". American Idol contestants have also placed on USA Songwriting Competition:  Ashley Robles (American Idol, 2012 Season) and Marissa Pontecorvo (American Idol, 2012 Season) won honorable mention awards at the 2012 USA Songwriting Competition.

Helle Hansen, from Denmark is a 11-time consecutive year honorable mention winner, making her the most consecutive year winner in USA SOngwriting Competition's history so far. Sherri Gough won First prize in the Lyrics category, making this her 2nd win. She won also First Prize in 2010.

Other winners came from Australia, Canada, France, Spain, Belguim, Singapore, and Austria

See full results of the winners here:

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*Alexander Cardinale (2011 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize winner & Overall 2nd Prize) won Hollywood Music in Media Award for "Best Song in a TV Show" on "90210" with the same song he won for USA Songwriting Competition "Traffic Lights".

*Adrianne Gonzalez (1999 USA Songwriting Competition Overall Grand Prize Winner) made the cover of Performer Magazine of the October 2012 issue. She is part of the band "The Rescues" and they are signed to Universal Records.

*Lorraine Ferro (2000 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) appeared on the hit TV show "The Voice" singing "Skyscraper" written by another USA Songwriting Competition winner.

*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 also 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.

*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".

*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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USA Songwriting Competition will present a showcase at during world renowned "SXSW" in Austin, TX:
WHEN: Friday, March 15, 2013, from 7pm to 10pm
WHERE: Mozart's Coffee Roasters
3826 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 477-2900
NO COVER: no SXSW badges needed
~Music Acts To Perform:

USA Songwriting Competition will present a showcase at the world renowned "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville, TN:
WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2013: 6pm - 8pm
WHERE:  Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215-2700, Tel: (615) 383-1461 (alcohol & food are served, reservations are accepted). NO COVER.
~Songwriters to perform:

*Are you a songwriter or band Interested in performing in any of these showcases? If so, please e-mail with your website address.

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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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~Winter NAMM: January 24 - 27, 2013. Anaheim, CA, USA

~MIDEM: January 26 - 29, 2013, Cannes, FRANCE

~25th annual International Folk Alliance Conference: February 20-24, 2013; Toronto, CANADA

~SXSW Music Conference: March 12 - 17, 2013, Austin, TX, USA

~Franfurt Musikmesse 2013: April 10 - 13, 2013, Frankfurt, GERMANY

~2013 ASCAP EXPO: April 18-20, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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