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.
Katie Kittermaster has joined The UK Songwriting Contest judging panels and she will be taking time out from her very busy recording and national touring schedule in 2019 to help choose the winners.
As a recent UKSC Winner herself Katie knows exactly how it feels to be an entrant in this event from her own personal experience, and she told us that she is really looking forward to helping the other judges choose the winners this year.
Katie is fast becoming one of the biggest new names in UK music since she won the Under 18s Category last year. Earlier this year she was nominated by the UKSC to be the UK representative in The Commonwealth Song Contest - and she went on to win the whole international event representing the UK with her UKSC winning song "T Shirt". She narrowly beat the Australian entry, which was also a UKSC Finalist!! Success is following success for Katie Kittermaster: she has been featured on BBC TV, is appearing in many live events over the summer, is recording her first album, and she has been signed as second headline billing in the highly anticipated national BoysLife Tour with Boyzone and Westlife stars Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy.
We are very happy and proud to have been an important part of Katie´s career so far and we look forward to working with her on the judging panels for the 2019 UK Songwriting Contest.
There is a lot more information on the UKSC website about all the judges and the great priizes on offer this year. These prizes include co writing a song with well known producer and UKSC judge Stuart Epps! Stuart has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and this will be a great opportunity to write with, and be produced by, one of the best.
Check out all the UKSC judges here and look out for more new judge announcements over the coming weeks.
The UKSC Team
We are very pleased to officially announce that the internationally successful hit songwriter Belle Humble has joined the UK Songwriting Contest judging panels.
London born Belle is a mega successful songwriter and performer with worldwide hits from Europe to Korea to the USA and hundreds of millions of YouTube views for her songs. Most importantly she is also a past UK SONGWRITING CONTEST WINNER - so Belle knows exactly how it feels to be a UKSC entrant from her personal experience.
Some of Belle´s songwriting and performing credits and successes (and there are many) include the massive worldwide hit "Cracks" with The Freestylers. Listen to it on YouTube where it has had many millions of views over various channels (over 36 million views and counting for this one link alone). She has written songs for Paloma Faith, Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry and has had her songs featured on BBC dramas. She also wrote the massive successful K-pop hit "Russian Roulette" by the South Korean group Red Velvet which was a top three hit in South Korea, Japan and the USA and has had an incredible 200 million (200,000,000!) views on YouTube to date.
Belle is part of a new team of judges made up of succesful past UKSC entrants and they will work alongside the other celebrity judges. Check out all the UKSC judges here and look out for more new judge announcements over the coming weeks.
Here is a video that is essential viewing for every songwriter! Paul McCartney is one of the biggest influences behind The UK Songwriting Contest, and in this new interview he talks about how he wrote and recorded some of his most iconic songs. We had to share this one with you because we know all songwriters will find this fascinating and will benefit from watching!
In the interview Paul talks about the first song he ever wrote using the chords C, F, G and G7 and how he wrote songs together with John Lennon in the early days and how they never came away from a session without a new song. He tells us how he came up with the idea for Eleanor Rigby and how he found the name for that song character. He describes how George Harrison saved And I Love Her with a simple four note riff. He talks about how he comes up with song ideas and how he develops them, confiding that expressing his innermost personal feelings in his songs is so important. Around twenty songs are covered and there are some fascinating insights.
ENTER YOUR SONGS
For for the latest information, entry dates and entry forms visit songwritingcontest.co.uk
SCIENCE CONFIRMS THAT SONGWRITING IS GOOD FOR YOU
The act of creative writing, and songwriting in particular, has more benefits than most people realize.
The benefits are far reaching, affecting us both physically and mentally, and the interesting thing is that the quality of the writing has nothing to do with it. Just the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits and it doesn´t matter if anyone else reads your lyric or hears your composition, or if it is a commercial success or not. Just writing it is enough. The many benefits documented by researchers include long-term improvements in mood, reduction in stress levels, a reduction of depressive symptoms, lowered blood pressure, better lung and liver function and an improved immune system with fewer illnesses.
A major study at the University of Sidney (by Karen Baikie and Kay Wilhelm) on emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing discovered just how much time spent writing is needed to make a big difference. And its not that much. They say that although the more time spent writing the better, just 15 to 20 minutes of writing on three to five occasions over the course of their four-month study was enough to make a real and noticeable difference.
Another amazing finding is that writing can even make physical wounds heal faster. A study in New Zealand found that if medical biopsy patients wrote about their thoughts and feelings for just 20 minutes for three days in a row before the biopsy their wounds healed more quickly than the people in a control group. Other studies have shown that people with asthma who write have fewer attacks than those who don't, AIDS patients who write have higher T-cell counts and cancer patients who write have more optimistic perspectives and improved quality of life.
So what exactly is it about writing that makes it so good for you? Well, researchers are generally agreed that the important thing is to express your own personal, traumatic, stressful or emotional events in your writing and composing. It seems that this is the key and it is this expression of personal events and trauma that leads to improvement in physical and mental health.
One well known researcher in this area is James W. Pennebaker from the University of Texas, Austin, USA. He is a leading authority on expressive writing and health and he says; "When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals they often experience improved health. They go to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function." Pennebaker and others believe that the act of expressive writing distances people from the upheaval and trauma in their lives and allows them the space to creatively step back and express and evaluate their personal dramas and tragedies. They stop obsessing unhealthily on those events and instead they focus on turning this into a positive creative outcome. This leads to lower stress levels, a more positive outlook and an improvement in general health.
The good news is that you don't need to be a famous or successful songwriter to get these great benefits. You just need to write! As a songwriter you probably already know that writing songs goes deeper than, well, just writing songs. We all instinctively know when we write that there is more going on at a deeper level. But now it has been confirmed by science. Every time you write a lyric or poem that expresses your feelings and your inner self, or compose a piece of music that expresses and contains a part of you, you are acting as your own personal therapist and doing your physical and mental health a huge favour. If you are a songwriter you are certainly doing something right. Keep on writing!
The International UK Songwriting Contest is now open for entries from songwriters in any country. Get full details at songwritingcontest.co.uk
The UKSC Team