CHANGES FOR SONGWRITERS IN 2016
We always keep the UKSC fresh and this year we have introduced some new changes and features. There are three new song categories, a new online Live Entry Status system, quick fast-track Semi Finalist announcements, new prizes including musical instruments, regular prize draws for everyone who enters, every single week, and more. See below for details.
LIVE ENTRY STATUS AND RESULTS UPDATES
Check your entries online and see what stage they are at in the judging. If you make the Semi Finals you will know quickly and positions are published as soon as we hear from the judges. This gives you the chance to enter more songs if you have not made the semis yet, or to publicise your news if you chosen as a Semi Finalist. It is always a good idea to seek coverage early while the contest is still running: local press and radio love this as they can make it an ongoing story and follow your progress to see if you make the finals or win a category later on. Details are on the contest website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk
NEW PRIZES FOR 2016
There are many new prizes this year including Fender, Hofner and Gibson guitars, Yamaha keyboard, portable controller keyboards, Sennheiser headphones, Shure and Behringer microphones and music software. There are also the Mozart Awards, music books, copyright registrations, music organisation memberships, personal one-on-one sessions with top world acclaimed award winning songwriters, valuable guaranteed gifts for everyone who enters and much more. See the Prizes Page on the official UKSC website for full details. In addition to the main prizes there are also prize draws every week, and again every month, where anyone who enters can be randomly picked to win a prize. There really is no other contest like this in the world with so many opportunities for prizes for entrants. Full details of all prizes are on the contest website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk
NEW SONG CATEGORIES
The three new song catregories this year are World Music, Retro and Indie. Other categories are Pop, Lyrics Only, Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Love Songs, Acoustic & Folk, Under 18s, Music Videos, Jazz & Blues, Country, Christian/Faith, R&B/HipHop/Rap, Instrumental, Open/Other Category, Electronic/Dance/Ambient, Christmas Songs and Under 18s. Full details and descriptions of the song categories are on the contest website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk
A FINAL NOTE
The UK Songwriting Contest is supported by the biggest names in media and music and has been one of the world's most important international songwriting events since its launch back in 2002. The entry fee has, amazingly, still not been increased since that time. This means that as well as being regarded by many in the industry as the most prestigious, respected and well run event with the best prizes and top world-class judges, and the best support and administration, it is also has made sure it continues to support songwriters by having the lowest entry fee of all the major international songwriting events.
If you have not entered a song yet this year we hope to hear from you soon. If you have already entered we hope you are enjoying being part of this event and we welcome you to contact us at any time by email or follow us on Twitter and Facebook and post on our Facebook Community Group with any questions or suggestions.
With very best wishes,
From the UKSC Team