Can you write a new melody or a new lyric to a famous Paul McCartney song? Our challenge in 2020 is to write new lyric or a new melody to an existing famous song and the first song we have chosen is Paul´s Yesterday. The new lyric or melody will, of course, both have exactly the same structure and metre to match the original, so when the winning Lyric and the winning Melody are put together by the UKSC Team they will be a perfect fit and a completely new song will be created. The UKSC will professionally record the resulting new song for the winners! Simple, but brilliant if we do say so ourselves.
The first classic song we have chosen to start this songwriting challenge is Yesterday by Paul McCartney. Paul had the melody for this song for a long time before he had a flash of inspiration for the final lyrics while driving a hire car on holiday in Portugal (his first working lyrics were about scrambled eggs!). So, if you are lost during lockdown and wondering what to write, get busy and let us have your alternative Melody or your alternative Lyrics for this classic. The new resulting song will also be passd on to our record company A&R contacts and producers and others in the industry.
There are more opportunities than ever this year in The UK Songwriting Contest with new song categories and new prizes that include an International Record Deal. There are now 27 different Cateories for songs ranging from Pop to Folk, Blues to Singer Songwriter, Christmas Songs to Love Songs and there is also an Instrumental section and a Lyrics Only section. Something for everyone. This year also sees a special Crisis Songs category that is attracting a lot of attention. We look forward to receiving your work this year - the UKSC Team and the judges are waiting to hear from you!
Full details and entry forms are on the UKSC official website at https://songwritingcontest.co.uk
Take care and be safe!
THE UKSC 2020 IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES
The 2020 UK Songwriting Contest is now open for entries. Prizes (including an international Record Deal), judges and song categories are on the new look website at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
THE SONGWRITING CHALLENGE
This is your chance to write a new melody or new lyric to a very famous song. Our team will put your new lyrics and melodies together to create a complete new song and professionally record it. The first classic song we have chosen to start this songwriting challenge is Yesterday by Paul McCartney. Join the challenge and let us have your alternative Melody and Lyrics for this classic song.
Categories in 2020 include Singer-Songwriter, Unplugged, Pop, AC, Lyrics Only, Blues, RnB, Folk, Teen, Instrumental, Country, Retro and many more. There is a category for everyone and every style of music.
There is also a new Crisis Songs category that has already quickly become one of the most popular categories this year. Do you have a song about lockdowns, quarantine, social isolation? Or maybe about one of the other major crises in the world that we all face today?
Every song also gets free entry into the Lyricist Of The Year Awards automatically included with their entry (worth $25), there are opportunities for Instrumental composers, and there are prizes and gifts for everyone who takes part, winner or not. Get the full details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
Get Your Songs Ready!
The International UK Songwriting Contest 2020 starts on April 1. And there are some interesting new song categories that might keep you busy songwriting over the coming months. For example...
THE SONGWRITING CHALLENGE
This is a completely new category that involves songwriters in a way that has never been done before by any event. Songwriters will be given a set task to write a lyric or a melody. Lyricists will write a lyric to a set metre and song structure, and musicians will write a melody in exactly the same set format. We will choose a Lyrics winner and a Melody winner and put them together into one complete song. The prize is a professional recording of the resulting song and more! We also have some variations on this that will make it even more interesting and more of a challenge!
RECORD DEAL PRIZE
This year also sees the introduction of a new Record Deal prize. This is something people have been asking for, and we have delivered. The track will be released on an important label and distributed worldwide on the world´s biggest stores and streaming sites. More information will follow on this, and there are details on the UKSC website at https://songwritingcontest.co.uk
CRISIS SONG CATEGORY
This is a new category for songs about the current COVID-19 Global Pandemic and also any other crisis such as the ongoing climate crisis and the state of the world today in general. (Crisis Song is a working title for this category - if you can think of a better one let us know.
There is now a new Unplugged Category for acoustic entries. This replaces the old Acoustic/Folk category. Folk songwriters now have their own Folk Category.
WORK IN PROGRESS
This category is for unfinished songs. Send us what you have with some notes about how you see it going. We are looking for ideas with potential.
BLUES AND JAZZ
These have now been separated into two separate categories.
We are also looking at ways to encourage collaborations between writers and will update you on this.
So... get your songs ready for April. We look forward to receiving them. The judges are ready and waiting. It is going to be an very good contest this year!
Very Best Wishes,
Your last chance to submit songs - Deadline Sunday midnight
This is the last weekend to submit songs for great opportunities, star ratings, signings, certificates, cash and more. Visit www.songwritingcontest.co.uk to submit your song before the Sunday midnight deadline. Here is a video message from UKSC judge Stuart Epps who will be co writing a song this year with one lucky winner. https://youtu.be/ZDDVEQv8D6k
The 2019 UK Songwriting Contest Finals Results are now in entrants´ dashboards. All the Semi Finalist songs were carefully considered for a place in the Finals, and those that were selected have had their Semi Finalist Certificates upgraded to Finalist. All Finalists will now move to the Grand Finals selection panels. Visit your song dashboard at www.submitmysong.com/dashboard
All the Finalist songs will be carefully considered for the Grand Finals which will take place in late November. The Grand Finalists will be featured on the UKSC website at that time and a large panel of judges including past UKSC entrants and winners and the celebrity judges will vote for the 2019 Overall Winner.
PAYPAL SPECIAL - LATE SONG ENTRIES
Many people did not enter songs because they prefer to use PayPal and we were not offfering this option. This month however SubmitMySong.com, our submissions partner, will add PayPal payments as an option so we have decided to open again for a limited time to accept late entries using PayPal. You can submit a song now using the special PayPal Only entry form. This is for a limited time only and full details are on the UKSC website. The PayPal Song Entry Form is at www.submitmysong.com/uksc
WORLD CONCERT DAY
Every songwriter and entrant in the UKSC this year will receive a personal invitation to take part in World Concert Day 2020. Special instructions will be sent to every entrant with details on how to best use and profit from this opportunity and the UKSC will promote entrants in the event. More details will be available as we approach the event, which is set for Spring 2020. In the meantime we suggest that you "Like" and follow World Concert Day, and also Music Aid, on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news about the events.
Prizes this year include co-writing a song with producer and UKSC judge Stuart Epps. Stuart now concentrates on developing new up-and-coming artists and he has worked very closely with some of the world´s most famous songwriters. This is a unique opportunity to write and record with one of the most respected names in the UK music industry. Check out Stuart´s website, hear his productions and read about his work and his amazing stories about the music industry at www.eppsmusicproductions.com
We will soon announce some new partnerships with the Music Aid Organization, with Song Copyright services, and with music distributers that will exclusively benefit you and all UKSC songwriters. We are working hard on developing these new arrangements and there will be some unique opportunities and offers coming your way soon including album and singles deals with the new Music Aid record label.