Entries are currently being accepted for the 2009 14th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Winning songs of the competition will receive airplay on the nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Café” as well as XM Satellite Radio. This is the first songwriting competition that gives airplay to the winning songs, giving deserving bands and songwriters the recognition and exposure they deserve. Entrants stand to win a grand prize of more than US$50,000 in cash and music gear from sponsors such as Sony, D’Addario Strings, Ibanez Guitars, Audio-Technica, IK Multimedia, Cakewalk and more, making this the largest prize package for any annual songwriting competition.
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Many past winners of the annual competition have received recording and publishing contracts, have had their songs placed on the charts and have had their songs placed on film and television. 2007 Overall Grand Prize Winner Ari Gold had his winning song “Where the Music Takes You” hit #10 on the Billboard Dance Charts. 2005 First Prize winner (Pop) Kate Voegele was signed to Myspace/Interscope Records the year after she won and had her song at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Darrell Scott, winner of the country category of the 2005 competition had his winning song “Good Ol USA” cut by award winning country singer Faith Hill, renamed “We’ve Got Nothing but Love to Prove”. Also, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer (Kensington, MD), winners of the Children’s music category of the 2005 competition won a Grammy award for the best children’s music album in 2006. Judges for the 14th annual songwriting competition include A&R managers from record labels such as Warner, Capitol Records, Universal and BMG/SONY Music.
Sponsors of the 14th annual event include Sony, Audio-Technica, Ibanez Guitars, D’Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Cakewalk, Sonicbids, Loggins Radio Promotions and Sam Ash Music Stores. Songs may be entered in 15 different categories including Pop, Rock/Alternative, R&B and Country. Entries are accepted from now through May 29, 2009.