Need a Co Writer?
Many songwriters have been there. You have a great tune, or great lyrics, maybe even a whole song with verse, chorus, bridge etc - but you just can't get the right words or music to go with it. Frustrating! Some writers find melodies very easy and can write a great tune every day - but the lyrics refuse to appear. Others love writing lyrics but they lack the music skills to turn them into great songs.
Of course, not everyone can do both. Elton John didn´t write lyrics - he only wrote melodies (as UKSC judge and Elton mate Stuart Epps will confirm). That´s why he worked with Bernie Taupin. And there are many other successful songwriting collaborations, where one person writes melodies and the other writes lyrics. The trick is to find the right collaborator.
And if you need a collaborator we have some very interesting options for you in this year´s UK Songwriting Contest. As well as the usual Lyrics Only and Melody Only categories there are two new Co-Writer categories - one for lyricists and one for composers.
PLUS there is also a chance to have a famous songwriter credited as your co writer. Yes that´s right... Coming soon is a brand new category where you co-write a new version of any famous song of your choice. You can write new lyrics to an existing famous song, or write new music to the existing lyrics, or switch things around with a new arrangement, structure, new sections etc. Just make sure you also credit the original writer/artist as your co writer. Full details will be on the website and in social media very soon.
All the other song categoris are still there: Singer-Songwriter, Love Songs, Pop, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Retro, Crisis Songs, Christmas Songs, Teen, Country, Unplugged and many more. There is something for everyone, and for every style of music.
The contest is open and the judges are waiting for your songs. Check out the website for more details. And good luck and best wishes on your songwriting journey.
The UKSC Team,
STAR RATING DEADLINE
This is a quick reminder that the first session song deadline is midnight on Monday 31 May. Monday is the last full day and if you submit before midnight, on May 31, you will see your song´s Star Rating and position in your dashboard within days. Semi Finalists will be able to follow events live to see if the song moves forward into the Finals. If you submit after Monday your song will go into the second session with results later in the year.
WHAT`S ON OFFER
Career boosting prizes this year include your own Personal PA Assistant and mastering at Abbey Road Studios, and there are unique co writing opportunities to check out. There is also an option to submit to the International Songwriting Contest at the same time. Other prizes include Songwriters Guild Memberships, songwriting courses, and everyone receives $50 worth of song pitching opportunities as a thank you gift. Find out more and submit here.
The 30 song categories this year include Love Songs, Singer-Songwriter, Crisis Songs, Melody Only, Lyrics Only, Pop, Work In Progress, Unplugged, Official Release, co-writing and collaboration categories and more. There is a category for every type and genre of song and something for everyone.
If you are receiving this by email, it is because you signed up on the website to receive emails of the UKSC blog. You can also view this post online. If you have any questions about submitting songs this year please contact us at any time using the contact form of the website or on our social media pages.
Very best wishes,
The UK Songwriting Contest Team.
Hollywood actress and singer-songwriter Bonnie Piesse joins the UKSC judging panels in 2021. Bonnie was born in Australia and was well known for her many TV roles there before working on the Star Wars films with George Lucas and moving to the USA. She made the role of Beru in Star Wars her own, in Star Wars Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, and Disney have signed her for the new, and long anticipated, Star Wars series 'Obi-Wan Kenobi', alongside Ewan McGregor. This is now in production in 2021.
Bonnie is a highly aclaimed singer songwriter with songs placed and featured in movies and TV shows including the recent Home Box Office HBO docu-series 'The Vow' in which she was also a featured subject. She was described by Oscar nominated film director Luke Doolan as "the type of artist who’s work gets better each time you see or hear her. She has the voice of an angel and the mind of a warrior". When she is not busy at the Disney Studios acting in the new Star Wars series (or judging UK Songwriting Contest songs!!) Bonnie is working on songs for a new EP to be released in 2022.
Bonnie is a past winner of The UK Songwriting Contest, with her beautiful and enchanting song 'Ariella', so she knows the event very well and from both sides - as a contestant and as a judge. She is based in California and is a judge for both the UK and USA editions of the contest. You can discover more about Bonnie and hear her music on her website www.bonniepiesse.com
SUBMIT YOUR SONGS
The UK Songwriting Contest 2021 is now open for entries and we look forward to receiving your songs in this year´s event. Full details and entry forms are on the UKSC website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk
The UKSC Team
THE UKSC 2021 IS NOW OPEN FOR YOUR SONGS
It´s that time again! The 2021 UK Songwriting Contest is open for entries. See the opportunities for songwriters, prizes, song categories, new judges and more on the official UKSC website at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
This year there are even more opportunities for collaboration with other writers and artists. Check out the new collaboration categories and team up with other composers and lyricists as a co writer.
Categories in 2021 include Singer-Songwriter, Unplugged, Pop, AC, Lyrics Only, Blues, RnB, Folk, Teen, Instrumental, Country, Love Songs, Retro and many more. There is a category for everyone and every style of music. New categories this year include an Official Release category for officially distributed and monetized song releases. Check out all the categories on the UKSC website at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk.
The popular Crisis Songs categories are back this year. Do you have a song about lockdowns, quarantine, social isolation? Or maybe a song about another of the other major crises in the world that we all face today? This is the place to send it. Last year´s Crisis Lyrics Winner is now being promoted Wwidely on the web and featured in magazine articles. Check out these and other songs on the UKSC websites and social media pages.
Everyone who enters is given a special package of song pitching opportunites to promote their work, a Star Rating from our judges for each song, and an Award Certificate for each song, plus an option to also include your song in The International Songwriting Contest using the same UKSC entry form. And everyone who enters joins our exclusive private Songwriting Community Group to interact and network, collaborate and share, with other UKSC entrants. Get the full details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
Live winners announcements!
The UKSC is announcing the winners of the 2020 UK Songwriting Contest. Songwriters from 84 countries in 30 categories are competing this year and results are being published live now on the UKSC YouTube Channel.
A 2020 YouTube Winners Playlist is now being updated and winning songs added as results come back from the judges. You can see the winners live as they are announced on YouTube. Finalists in each category are also listed there. Subscribe to the UKSC Channel while you are there to see the latest notifications, news, updates and opportunities for songwriters.
If you video above is not working or linking to the playlist you can visit the UKSC YouTube Channel and see all the songs, plus a selection of 2020 song entries and other videos at http://songwritingcontest.tv