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SOCAN Songwriting Prize 2016

Check out this year’s SOCAN Songwriting Prize shortlist of 20 contestants (10 for the English language prize and 10 for the French language prize).  Listen to them all, choose your favourite and vote!

For two weeks, from June 9-23, 2016, SOCAN invites music fans to vote for their favourite song from the nominees lot by visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca or through Twitter using the hashtag #mySSPvote and identifying the performer’s name in the tweet. Fans can vote once daily through each platform for each of the English and French prize competitions.

The winning songs are planned to be announced the week ofJuly 4, 2016.

Winners will receive $10,000 in cash, a choice between two brands of Godin Guitars (a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar), a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

Support your Canadian songwriters and may the Muse be with you…

Songwriting Challenge No. 1

So I took my own advice from my last post and signed up (late) for the SAC’s Songwriting/Blogging Challenge.  I was just accepted today, so I’m behind one week, but I can catch up.  The thing is, after listening to Matt Dusk’s “reverse” pitch on how the songs should feel (up and down tempo, Daft Punk/Foster The People to John Legend/Lana Del Rey) I’m feeling I may not be up to the task.  These are not my contemporaries – I have exactly one song in my personal collection (Pumped Up Kicks) so I’m doing research right now listening for the feel that Mr. Dusk wants (now, I have a lot of Matt Dusk in my collection, but lo and behold, he wants something different!).

Wish me luck – I’m waiting for this new Muse to be with me…

The SAC Songwriting & Blogging Challenge 2015

Check out the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) Challenge 2015.  Participants in the Challenge complete a weekly and blog about their experience.  As part of a private Facebook group, challenge participants may collaborate with other SAC songwriters.

The first challenge? Write a song to pitch for the next Matt Dusk album.

So, if you’re a SAC member why not register for the challenge (check out the link above).

Good luck and may the Muse be with you…

Canadian Radio Star Competition

Canadian Radio Star, the 18th annual national songwriting competition, is now accepting entries and online submissions from aspiring and proficient songwriters – published or unpublished – across the country.  Sponsored by Astral Radio, and presented in association with Canadian Music Week, the contest offers emerging artists the opportunity to submit their songs for the chance to win thousands worth in music equipment, services and more – including $10,000 in cash.

"Songwriters are at the core of our rich musical heritage," says Rob Braide, Astral Radio. "Their songs define our lives and our landscape.  Through initiatives like Canadian Radio Star, we have the opportunity to discover, empower and promote the stars of tomorrow, while contributing to Canada’s vastly thriving music scene."

New to the Canadian Radio Star competition this year, songwriters can submit their songs directly online at www.radiostar.ca to the participating radio station in their area.  Entries are open now until 5pm EST on December 13, 2010 – the contest’s close. 

Complete details and contest rules can be found online at www.radiostar.ca.

Songs will be judged by Canadian radio programmers, music publishers, recording industry executives, and successful songwriters.  Regional winners will be declared by the participating radio station in each market, with a combined public and industry vote determining the Grand Prize winner. 

The 2011 Canadian Radio Star will be announced on Saturday, March 12, 2011, during Canadian Music Week (March 9-13, 2011).

"In many ways, this competition offers a launch pad for the careers’ of aspiring Canadian songwriters," says Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. "It opens doors to new possibilities, provides unrivaled exposure, and puts the songwriters’ songs directly in front of a commonly unreachable audience.  Astral Radio’s dedication to this project is commendable and underscores our mission to develop Canadian talent."

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Juno Awards Adds Electronic Music Category

Canada’s Juno Awards has added an electronic music category for next years awards… and the site is open for submissions now…

If only I could compose an Electronic Album, then maybe I could have a shot at a Juno… NOT!  Of course, I’m dating myself but I start thinking of Kraftwerk and Vangelis… I’m sure I’ll be listening for the nominees in this category and learning a few things… why have all these toys with Reaper and VSTs and such if I don’t open my mind to other kinds of music and songwriting… hmm… a side project I guess…

Here’s the category as outlined by the Juno Awards:

The new category is defined as album-length original recordings composed with electronic equipment as the essential songwriting tools and defined by their electronic elements. Musical genres and respective subgenres such as (but not limited to) techno, house, electro, trance, drum’n’bass, dubstep, grime, electro-acoustic, turntablism, sample-based music, ambient and downtempo are eligible for this category.

Well, may the Muse be with you electronic mixers…

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ECHO Songwriting Prize

Vote now for SOCAN’s fifth annual ECHO Songwriting Prize

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SOCAN has launched the fifth annual ECHO Songwriting Prize, designed to identify what’s next and what’s best in current Canadian independent music. This prize will honour some of the most innovative and artistic songs created in the past year by emerging songwriters in Canada. The writer(s) of the winning song will receive a $5,000 CDN cash prize.

The five nominated Canadian songs, as selected through a rigorous process by an independent panel of 10 music community tastemakers, are:

“Albatross” written by Olga Goreas, Kevin Laing, Jace Lasek and Richard White, performed by The Besnard Lakes
“Celestica” written by Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, performed by Crystal Castles
“Destroyer” written by Catherine McCandless and Stephen Ramsay, performed by Young Galaxy
“Hearts Trompet” written by Edo Van Breeman, Bryan Davies, Richard Saul and John Walsh, performed by Brasstronaut
“Odessa” written by Dan Snaith, performed by Caribou

SOCAN invites you to listen and vote for your favourite song, up until the deadline of September 30, 2010. One lucky voter will win an Epiphone Ultra II Les Paul electric guitar.

May the Muse be with you…

NASA Wake-Up Song Contest

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Would-be songwriters will get a chance at fame by penning a wake-up song for NASA’s last space shuttle mission, officials said.

Wake-up songs, beamed up to astronauts when designated sleep periods end, are a longstanding space tradition dating back to the Apollo program.

Traditionally, the wake-up songs are selected by friends and family of the crews, but for the last two scheduled missions, NASA is inviting the public to take part in a "Wake-up Song Contest" to select songs from a list of the Top 40 previous wake-up calls for the penultimate mission or to submit original tunes for consideration for the final shuttle flight, a NASA release said Friday.

The two songs receiving the most votes from the Top 40 list will be played as crew wake-up calls on the final scheduled flight of space shuttle Discovery, set to launch November 1, 2010.

"We’re looking forward to hearing which songs the public wants played for us," Mission Commander Steve Lindsey said. "It’s going to be a difficult choice, because there have been so many great songs played over the years."

Songwriters have until January 10, 2011, to submit an original tune related to or suggesting human spaceflight for consideration for the final shuttle mission by Endeavour, scheduled for February 26, 2011.

After screening by NASA, selections will be posted online for a public vote beginning February 8, 2011.

May the Muse take you to the heavens… literally…

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NASA Wake-Up Song Contest

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Would-be songwriters will get a chance at fame by penning a wake-up song for NASA’s last space shuttle mission, officials said.

Wake-up songs, beamed up to astronauts when designated sleep periods end, are a longstanding space tradition dating back to the Apollo program.

Traditionally, the wake-up songs are selected by friends and family of the crews, but for the last two scheduled missions, NASA is inviting the public to take part in a "Wake-up Song Contest" to select songs from a list of the Top 40 previous wake-up calls for the penultimate mission or to submit original tunes for consideration for the final shuttle flight, a NASA release said Friday.

The two songs receiving the most votes from the Top 40 list will be played as crew wake-up calls on the final scheduled flight of space shuttle Discovery, set to launch November 1, 2010.

"We’re looking forward to hearing which songs the public wants played for us," Mission Commander Steve Lindsey said. "It’s going to be a difficult choice, because there have been so many great songs played over the years."

Songwriters have until January 10, 2011, to submit an original tune related to or suggesting human spaceflight for consideration for the final shuttle mission by Endeavour, scheduled for February 26, 2011.

After screening by NASA, selections will be posted online for a public vote beginning February 8, 2011.

May the Muse take you to the heavens… literally…

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ESongwriter Songwriting Contest

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From a recent press release:

July 2010 was the official launch of a new kind of international songwriting contest from Esongwriter.com. With the music industry going through an overhaul of changes, Esongwriter jumps in to bridge the gap between artists and gigs, film and television. “The right songs can generate millions of dollars” says Christa Coir, CEO of CJC Music Associates and Publishing from NY and the Entertainment Paralegal for CorberLaw. Judge Dr. Brian Corber Esq., Entertainment Attorney of CorberLaw out of LA and North Hollywood says, “Hoping to find some real talent! This contest could take your career up the next two levels! I can’t wait to get started and hear some awesome submissions.” Brian has been a practicing entertainment attorney for the last 20 years with clients ranging from music artists, labels to composers. Other judges include Linda Williams from the Syracuse Symphony Associates and Voices Alive, John Nicolosi of Niko Records Studio from Clarksville, TN and Don Reed of Affinity Music and Dan Shafer of Rock N Load University and Music Group out of Nashville, Eric Purvis, formerly of Virgin Records and Universal Music Group, has joined the judge’s panel and is currently CEO of TGM Digital Global and Cine Music in Motion out of LA.

What makes this contest unique is in that they are not offering cash at this time, but prizes that will enhance the career of the independent songwriting professional or music artist. There are two contest division rounds each year (semi-annually) and there are 26 genres acceptable to submit through. One winner will be picked from each division in the adult and youth category with a total of four winners per contest year. Winners will receive a combination of awards, prizes and discounts on services, industry gear and other items that are exclusive for songwriters and artists. One grand prize winner will be selected for a publishing and licensing deal. Winners will be announced on the CJC Music Radio Talk Show.

Sponsors of Esongwriter.com Songwriting Contest for 2010 include such members as Making Music Magazine, International Musician (Bently-Hall Publications), CJC Music Associates and Publishing, Niko Records Studio, Rock N Load Music Group, Full Self Expression, CorberLaw Office (Entertainment Attorney) Don Reed Productions, Inc., TGM Digital Global, Cine Music in Motion, Kickradio and many other industry professionals and manufacturers offering prizes to winners. Sonicbids is the official online submission portal for digital song submissions and EPK’s. For more information on how you can enter or donate/sponsor prizes visit www.esongwriter.com or call 315-373-0600.

Win a Songwriting Session with Rivers Cuomo

Weezer have launched a contest allowing fans the ability to remix their song, "Love Is The Answer," from the band’s latest full-length, Raditude. The individual instrumental and vocal tracks are separated here, and a public vote will determine the top 10 entrants–each of whom will be featured on Weezer’s homepage and MySpace page and receive a signed copy of Raditude. The grand prize winner will be given the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one collaboration to create a new song with frontman Rivers Cuomo.

For more information and to enter, go here and may the Muse be with you…

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