The deadline for Session One of the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest is 30th June. All Session One Semi Finalists will be announced in July so the sooner you enter your songs the sooner you will know if you made the Semi Finals. Last year many semi finalists from the first session had excellent career boosting early media coverage that continued all through the second session until the end of the contest. This provided great publicity for a number of songs and writers with the media watching out to see if these songs and writers eventually made it to the finals or became winners.
Entry forms and full details are at the official contest website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk
THE 2015 STUART EPPS PRIZE
The legendary british producer (and UKSC contest judge) Stuart Epps will work with this year's UK Songwriting Contest winner! Stuart has worked with some of the world's greatest songwriters including Elton John, Oasis, Robbie Williams and George Harrison and this year we are pleased to announce that in 2015 one UKSC entrant will be chosen to work with Stuart as part of the Epps Music Productions stable of songwriters and artists. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with top names in the business and develop your songwrting and industry contacts. Stuart has made a short video talking about the UKSC and about songwriting and he describes how he has learned to spot a good song after working with some of the best in the business. Watch Stuart's video here
Other prizes this year include THE MOZART AWARDS from the makers of the outstanding Mozart music software, international SCO Song Copyright Registrations, memberships of the Guild of International Sogwriters and Composers, memberships of Broadjam, musical instruments, SongU memberships and more. In addition all winners will be featured on the Best Of UKSC promotional album which is sent to our industry contacts each year and has led to many radio and TV appearances, radio playlistings, international press coverage, deals and contracts, co writing partnerships and singles releases for UKSC entrants.
The UKSC judges are the best in the business and include Multi Platinum #1 hit songwriter Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguileira, Meat Loaf, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Ronan Keating, Backstreet Boys, Cher, Gladys Knight, Gloria Gaynor, Jessie J, NSYNC and many more); BRIT Award winning songwriter and Britney Spears' Musical Director Simon Ellis; Sting's producer and Grammy and Emmy Winner Kipper Eldridge; legendary british producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis etc); top producer, arranger, musicologist and author Dr Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey); CMA Award winning country star Lucie Diamond; successful Film and TV composer Jamie Serafi (recently featured in this year's Cannes Film Festival); the number one chart topping hit songwriter Mark Cawley (Spice Girls, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, Wynonna Judd, Kathy Mattea, Russ Taff, Paul Carrack, Will Downing, Tom Scott, Billie Piper) and the UKSC winner and Platinum Album artist Natalie Chua (signed by Simon Cowell on winning the UKSC).
The entry categories this year 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 and Christmas Songs. Full details and descriptions of the song categories are on the contest website at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
HOW TO ENTER
Visit the official contest website at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk for the entry forms. Use these simple forms to enter your song in a few easy clicks. All songwriters from any country may enter.
Everyone who enters this respected international event (formed in association with The BRIT Trust) is told the judges score for each song and everyone gets an official UKSC Certificate with details of their achievements and placements. There are also valuable guaranteed gifts and prizes worth many times the entry fee for everyone including song pitching opportunities and songwriting courses. In the words of the UK's Channel 4 Television: "The UK Songwriting Contest does what it says on the tin! This is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business". No other contest offers so much or works so hard for the songwriters who enter - and the entry fee has not been raised in 14 years to keep it affordable for all songwriters.
We wish you every success in this year's event and in your future songwriting.
UK Songwriting Contest