EARLY DEADLINE 7 AUGUST
The deadline for entering songs in this first session of the UKSC is 7 August. After that date all songs entered will go into the second session. If you want your results early and see song status updates during August you need to enter them before midnight on the 7th.
This year there are FREE ENTRY add-ons to other major international songwriting events and special discounts (for the LOTY Awards for Lyrics, the CSC event and the ISAs International Songwriting Awards event). These are listed in the UKSC entry form so make sure you tick the boxes for the special offers and free entries that you want to receive. Full details are on the contest website at www.uksongwritingcontest.com
There are some great new prizes added this year in addition to the popular Mentoring, Production and Studio Session prizes. Selected entrants will receive Honorary Diplomas in Music (Dip.Mus) from Music Aid International´s new Music Aid Academy and we will also be issuing up to 50 free Grade Music examinations bookings (grade one to grade eight). There are also International Copyright Registration packages with the SCO for selected entrants. As usual there are UKSC Certificates and judges scores for every song from every entrant.
YOUR SONG DASHBOARD AND EARLY SUBMISSIONS
Every entrant this year gets a personal song submissions dashboard to list, check and track the progress of song entries. All songs entered before the 7 Aug deadline will soon be updated in your dashboard and you will able to see very early if they were selected for the Semi Finals or if they are being considered for other awards. For full details of this and all the great benefits on offer this year visit the official UKSC website at www.uksongwritingcontest.com
We wish you every success with your songwriting now and in the future,
Best wishes from the UKSC Team
PS: The photo shows UKSC winner Irina Barzykina with producer and UKSC judge Stuart Epps during their recent Studio Session together. Look out for news about this coming soon.
The header photo above shows UKSC 2017 Winner Irina Barzykina with well known producer, and UKSC judge, Stuart Epps during a studio session last week. Stuart chose Irina as the UKSC category winner he would most like to work with and produce and last week they spent time together working on some new songs and recording a brand new track. (Insider info: the AKG C12a mic in that photo is one of Stuart´s prized possessions. It originally belonged to the Rolling Stones and has been used by many other famous rock and pop legends while recording their vocals).
One of this year´s UKSC 2018 entrants will also be chosen for studio sessions and there are some great prizes on offer including Honorary Music Diplomas (Dip.Mus) for the top entrants and much more. The international UK Songwriting Contest 2018 is now open for entries and you can get full details and entry forms at www.uksongwritingcontest.com
We also have a Facebook UKSC Songwriters Community group where you can interact and network with other entrants, ask questions and get support. And you can always contact us directly at any time with questions using the contact form on the UKSC website.
If you haven´t entered a song yet; we hope to hear from you soon. If you have already entered songs this year, look out in your inbox for a special mailing to entrants over the next few days.
Very best wishes
The UKSC Team
The 2018 UKSC is now open for entries.
Big changes this year include a brand new entry system where you can check and follow your song entries online in your personal submissions dashboard.
Every song this year receives FREE ENTRY in The Lyricist Of The Year Awards (there is also something special in the pipeline coming for Instrumental writers too). There is also FREE entry in The Commonwealth Song Contest for entrants from any of the 53 Commonwealth nations, plus there is also an option to submit your song into The International Songwriting Awards for a small fraction of their usual fee. Some writers, depending on the category, will be able to enter up to four different events with just one form and one price!
There are also some great new prizes this year including Honorary Music Diplomas (Dip.Mus)... check out the prizes page on the website for full details of all of this year´s prizes.
The song categories this year are: Pop, Lyrics Only, Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Love Songs, Acoustic & Folk, Music Videos, Under 18s, Jazz & Blues, Country, Christian/Faith, R&B/HipHop/Rap, Instrumental, Open/Other Category, EDM, Christmas Songs, Retro, World Music and Indie. Winners are chosen by the UKSC panel of professional top award winning judges - details on the contest website.
Full details of 2018 prizes, the latest news, and the 2018 contest entry forms are on the official website at www.uksongwritingcontest.com
We hope to see you in the 2018 event and we wish everyone reading this every success in your songwriting career.
The UK Songwriting Contest Team.
DEADLINE - SUNDAY NIGHT - LAST HOURS TO ENTER
The entry deadline for The UK Songwriting Contest 2017 is midnight Sunday 1 October. So if you haven't entered yet, or you want to enter more songs, you have until midnight Sunday to submit them.
The UK Songwriting Contest is an opportunity to show your work to top names in the music industry in London and the world, to have your songs examined and marked by expert songwriters and to win great prizes and awards. Gold and Platinum Album, Grammy, Emmy, CMA and BRIT Award winning judges choose the winners - and prizes this year include the chance to work in the studio with the legendary producer Stuart Epps and to be personally mentored and coached by hit songwriter Mark Cawley. You can enter your demo recordings, videos, or written lyrics, and every entry will be graded and scored by the judges and a certificate issued.
Full details of all the great prizes, the opportunities and the entry forms - and the four important reasons all songwriters need to be part of this international event - are on the official contest website at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
PHOTO: The photo below shows music producer and contest judge Stuart Epps working and checking out entrants on the UKSC website. Stuart will produce a lucky winner in London and Stu and the other judges are waiting for your song!
4 REASONS TO SUBMIT SONGS
1. THE EXPERIENCE
Most people enter songs in the UK Songwriting Contest to be part of a large respected international songwriting event and to have their song examined by experienced industry professionals. The UKSC is trusted worldwide and followed by many important people in the music industry so songwriters are comfortable and confident to enter their songs. This is the only songwriting event in the world that gives an exact judges' score for every song to be used as feedback to rate and compare each song entered. Every song in the event is awarded a different Award level to help the songwriter see which of their songs are most successful, and every song in the contest receives an official UKSC Certificate showing its position in the event.
2. THE JUDGES
Winners are chosen by some of the best professionals in the business including Platinum, Gold, Grammy, Emmy, CMA and BRIT Award winning professionals such as top producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis), Multi Platinum number one hit songwriter Shelly Peiken, renowned musical director and BRIT Award winner Simon Ellis, top producer and arranger Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey), Double Grammy and Emmy winner Kipper Eldridge, CMA Award winning country star Lucie Diamond, number one hit songwriter Mark Cawley, Oscar nominated TV and Film Composer Jamie Serafi, and UKSC winner and Platinum Album artist Natalie Chua. Unlike other major contests you can see for yourself that our judges really are involved in the event: we link to them, they join in and post on social media, and they provide personal comments on their favourite songs.
3. THE OPPORTUNITIES
It is well known that success in the UKSC can often open doors and give big career opportunities to new songwriters. There are many examples of writers have gone on to sign recording and publishing deals, have released highly successful tracks, appeared on prime national TV in many countries, and have had major press coverage and radio play. We have at least one writer who went Platinum, others who have topped charts world wide, many who have had their win featured on TV, many signings and releases, writers who have since written for major artists or have had their entries covered by major artists and writers whose songs have had tens of millions of youtube views.
4. THE PRIZES
If all the above is not enough there are also the Prizes! This year the overall winner will be flown to London at our expense to record with top producer Stuart Epps (or take the cash equivalent), top songwriter Mark Cawley will personally coach a lucky winner, they are valuable professional memberships to be won, song copyright registrations, software and so much more. Everyone who enters gets free gifts (membership of Broadjam and SongU with song pitching opportunities) worth $100.