SEMI FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
This is a short message to say that results have been updated on the UKSC website today to show all positions and star ratings for all songs entered before October. Semi Finals positions and awards are shown, and Certificates can be saved and printed. If your song moves on to the Finals your Ceritificate will be updated to show this and your song will compete for a winning place,
October entries are with the judging panels and we will announce these results in early November. So, if you still have songs to enter, submit them now to see your results very soon. Check results on the Status and the Dashboard pages on the UKSC website.
NOTE: You are very welcome to share your results and your songs with other songwriters in the exclusive UKSC Songwriting Community.
With the 2024 Paris Olympics approaching, the UKSC is again running its popular Olympic Theme category this year. The last winner of the Olympics category was successfully signed to a deal and released as a theme song for the Olympic Games under the direction of producer Mel Shaw (Founder of The Juno Awards and President of the Canadian Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences). It was covered by several artists in different genres from Rock to Anthem to Techno and also released as an Instrumental version. The song even had its own dedicated website during the Games. Watch a short video about the Anthem version of the Olympic winning track here on the UKSC YouTube channel. We have relaunched this category for the 2024 Olympic Games and the winning entry will be promoted during the Games in 2024. Songs may be in any style or genre. Instrumentals are also accepted in the Olympics Theme category.
Songwriters have until the end of October to submit songs to the UKSC 2023. The deadline is midnight at the end of Tuesday 31st.
Check out all the song categories (Singer-Songwriter, Pop, Major Artists, Unsigned, Indie, Lyrics Only to name just a few - there is something for every songwriter) on the UKSC website. And while you are on the website check out the great judges this year - the judges are waiting for your song entry!
Your last chance to submit songs!
The International UK Songwriting Contest 2023 closes for entries at the end of this month on October 31. This month is your last chance to submit songs this year. The final deadline is midnight on Tuesday 31st.
ARE YOU A FINALIST?
Within days of submitting your song you will know if you are in the Semi Finals. And very soon after this we announce Finalists and will tell you if your song is in the Finals and competing for a Winner position in the 2023 event. This will be an exciting time as Finalists are announced and winners selected. And there will be Live updates on the UKSC website and on social media.
Opportunities to get involved as a songwriter this year include the new Major Artists section which offers the chance for you to nominate a target artist for your song or lyric. Crisis and Protest Songs is for songs about the social, economic, political and other crises, division, changes and and unrest we face today. The Unsigned category is for those of you looking for deals, and many different genre categories. There is a Cover Songs category for you to pay tribute to your favourite songwriters with your own cover and interpretation of their song (you can even make changes and rewrite parts of the original). This year we also have the Olympic Games 2024 section where you can submit songs suitable for the Paris Olympics (the previous UKSC Olympic Theme winner was signed and released internationally by top producer Mel Shaw). There is something for everyone, every genre is there, and full details are on the UKSC contest website - check out the Song Categories Page.
So... get your songs to us before the end of this month. We look forward to receiving them. The judging panels are already gearing up to be prepared, ready and waiting to select the Finalist and Winners for this year.
Very Best Wishes,
The second session song deadline is on Sunday night 31 July at midnight. You have Saturday and Sunday, all weekend, to get your song entries in for early results.
If you submit before midnight Sunday you will see your song´s Star Rating and its current status and position in the event your dashboard within days. Semi Finalists will be able to follow events live to see if the song moves forward into the Finals. And if you don´t get into the Semi Finals you still get your song´s Star Rating from the judges, and you will be Awarded an alternative position.
PRIZES AND BENEFITS
This year´s prizes include an International Distribution Deal with world wide distribution of your song through the world´s top stores and streaming sites and there is a big selection of other prizes including valuable music software, mastering, effects packages, Songwriters Guild Memberships, song pitching opportunities and much much more. There is also valuable FREE entry in the LOTY Awards and The Commonwealth Song Contest included (saving you $$$s on entry fees), plus an option to be part of The International Songwriting Awards (The ISAs), and everyone receives $50 worth of song pitching with SongU as a thank you gift.
Categories this year include a Song Co-writing Challenge (write new lyrics or a new melody to a famous song), Birthday Songs, Protest Songs, Latin Music, Work In Progress and much more. There is even a Cover Songs category and a BRITSONG category for the type of songs suitable to represent the UK in major international showcases like Eurovision, the CSC or international Expos. There are 30 categories this year with a category for every type of song, and something for everyone. Visit the website for full details.
We sincerely wish you every success with your songwriting. Browse the UKSC website for details and ideas. And contact us at any time with your questions.
The UK Songwriting Contest Team.
fIn this video veteran BBC broadcaster and UKSC judge Richard Niles interviews songwriter Johnny Schaefer and Grammy® Award winning legend Melissa Manchester. Johnny won the Original Song category, held in partnership with Music Aid FM, with his song "Can’t Hide the Light”. Melissa Manchester sings on this UK Songwriting Contest entry as a duet with Johnny, and in the interview they are joined by producer Stephan Oberhoff to talk about how the song was conceived, written and produced – with the epic sound of 55 vocal tracks!
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
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
SONGWRITERS - CONTEST UPDATE
NEW JUDGES IN 2019
We have updated the Judges section on The UK Songwriting Contest website. Check it out at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk/judges and meet the new judges - all are past UKSC entrants who know exactly how you feel as a participant this year.
New judges include Rachel Mason (also a judge on SKY TV´s "Sing - Ultimate Acappella" show hosted by Cat Deely), Katie Kittermaster (the recent Under 18s Winner who is achieving great success and is now touring the UK with the Boyzlife Tour and with Ronan Keating), Belle Humble (a past UKSC winner with over 250,000,000 YouTube views and two massive worldwide hit songs), Neil Fitzpatrick (whose UKSC winning song "Apart" has already raised over $100,000 in sales), and Susan Muranty (a twice winning lyricist who with special input into judging the Lyrics Only category).
This year features a Grand Finals stage where an Overall Winner will be chosen by past entrants together with our regular celebrity judges. Submit your song by midnight September 21st to find out within days if your song is in the 2019 Semi Finals. All songs rated with 5 Stars by the judges are considered for the Semi Finals and all Semi Finalists are considered for the Finals and Grand Final in October. Entry forms and details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
Prizes include co-writing a song with legendary producer Stuart Epps. Stuart works with new up and coming artists and has worked closely with some of the world´s best known songwriters and artists including Elton John (Stuart was one of the first people that Elton played Your Song to for an opinion), Oasis, Robbie Williams, Led Zeppelin and many others. This is a unique and valuable opportunity to work with and write 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 some of his amazing stories about the music industry at www.eppsmusicproductions.com
HOW TO ENTER
Visit the official contest website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk and follow the entry links. All songwriters from any country may enter. If you have any problems please contact us for support.
If you still have songs to submit, don't forget that the deadline is soon, midnight 21 September.
We wish you every success in this year's event and with all your future songwriting projects.
The UK Songwriting Contest Team.
Are you in the Semi Finals?
Submit your song by midnight this Sunday 18 August to get your early results and see the judges´ Star Rating for your song: Most importantly, find out if your song is in the UKSC 2019 Semi Finals! Submit before the Sunday midnight deadline and your awarded Star Rating and your UKSC Certificate will be ready for you next week. Entry forms and details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
All Semi Finalists will be considered for the Finals, so if your song passes into the Semi Finals it will have a good chance of progressing to the last stages where the winner is chosen. This year the event also features a new Grand Finals stage where panels of successfull past entrants and our celebrity judges will select the winner and runners up. Don´t miss out on the best ever UK Songwriting Contest, and make sure this is the year that your song gets the attention it deserves.
Entry forms and full contest, judges and prize details are on the official website. Click on the link above or the UKSC logo to visit. The judges are ready and waiting for your song. Don´t forget: you have until midnight Sunday 18 August to submit your work, get your star rating and find out if you are taking part in the Semi Finals. Entry forms and details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
Now open for song entries
The 2019 UK Songwriting Contest is now open for entries. The entry forms are live online, you can follow events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you can interact with other songwriters at the UKSC Songwriting Community Group on Facebook.
FOLLOW EVENTS AS THEY HAPPEN
The sooner you enter the sooner you will find out if your song made the Semi Finals. Semi Finalist positions will be updated and available online soon after you submit.
ALL songwriters and lyricists are welcome. It doesn't matter where you live in the world, or if you are a complete beginner or an experienced writer. You can enter as many songs in as many categories as you wish. Full details, prizes opportunities and entry forms are on the secure offical UK Songwriting Contest website at https://songwritingcontest.co.uk
The first round deadline is 14 July, and the celebrity judges are waiting to receive your work.
STAR RATINGS AND RESULTS
The first session deadline is July 14. At that time the position of all songs already in the event will be announced. This year each song will be issued with a Star Rating from the judges, and you will see your song´s Star Rating displayed at that time. Semi Finalist positions will also be announced. If you are in the Semi Finals you will be able to view and print your Semi Finalist Certificate and watch your progress live to see if your song moves forward into the Finals and Grand Finals.
New judges join the celebrity judging panels this year. They are all past UKSC Winners and include songwriter Belle Humble (250 million YouTube plays and Top 3 smash hits in USA, Europe and SE Asia), Katie Kittermaster (last year´s Under 18s and Commonwealth Song Contest Winner and recently signed for major national tours with Boyzlife and Ronan Keating), and Neil Fitzpatrick (whose UKSC winning song has since raised over $100,000 for charity and was signed by the word´s biggest independent publishing company). These new judges are a great compliment to the celebrity panels and they will add a welcome new dimension because they have all been UKSC contestant´s themselves and know the event from both sides.
This years new prizes include cash and a co-writing partnership with the producer Stuart Epps. Stuart will co-write a song with one selected entrant and produce it in his own studio. Other prizes include a one-on-one session with hit songwriter and author Mark Cawley, Songwriters Guild Memberships, song pitching opportunities and so much more. No other competition does more for the songwriters who take part.
So... don´t forget, if you want to get your song´s star rating for this first and see if you have made the semi finals the deadline is July 14. Full details are on the UKSC website, and you are welcome to join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We sincerely wish you every success with your songwriting.
The UK Songwriting Contest Team.