The judges have been working hard, everything is being checked and double checked, and there is only one week to go until the UKSC first session results are published. On 31st July you will know which first session one entries made it to the semi finals. If you didn't enter songs in session one, or you did enter some but you find out on the 31st that they didn't get through to the semi's this time, you still have the chance to enter some new songs (or a rewrite of the same song) into Session Two. The second session remains open for everyone until September.
This year we will issue a new Highly Commended Entry Certificate for songs that were very close to making the semi finals but didn't quite get through. This is in addition to the usual Commended Entry Certificates.
The UKSC has always provided judges scores, certificates and positions in the event.This year we are also looking to see if it is possible to offer top quality professional and expert song assessments and critiques for songwriters - something many people have asked for - at a reasonable and very affordable price. This is a very difficult thing to get right and do well, so we will be posting questionaires and polls soon to to find out exactly what songwriters want and expect from a service like this, and we will also ask about your experiences with these types of services. Look out for this soon on our Facebook Page and in future emails.
MUSIC FOR CHARITY
The UKSC donates to Music Aid each year and this year we will team up as a Music Aid Official Partner, joining iTunes and Apple, to make additional donations for every song entry we receive through the MA site. Look out for the special UKSC page on the Music Aid website for this. Every entry made from there will trigger an additional donation and you can also use Music Aid to buy all your iTunes tracks or anything from Apple Music knowing that you are supporting UNICEF (and other charities) at no cost to yourself. Visit at www.musicaid.org/uksc
We have some great prizes this year including an all expenses paid trip to London from anywhere in the world (or cash equivalent - you choose) for a recording session with top producer Stuart Epps, personal mentoring and coaching from number one hit songwriter Mark Cawley and so much more. All this is described in details on the contest website at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
That's it for this update. We wish you every success in your songwriting and we look forward to hearing your songs and reading your lyrics.
Very best wishes,