long has the Great American Song Contest been around?
first Great American Song Contest was held in 1999. Since then the
annual songwriting event has established a reputation of integrity
with songwriters, lyricists and composers worldwide.
this event open to songwriters outside the U.S.?
Songwriters, composers and lyricists around the world are invited
to enter the Great
American Song Contest. Prior
winners of this event
have come from the United Kingdom, Canada,
Australia, Italy, Kazakhstan,
song lyrics need to be in English?
may be in any language but please include an English translation whenever
there different songwriting
of nine different categories are provided, including an Instrumental
category and a Lyric Only category for song lyricists.
details see: Contest Categories
if I have a song that doesn't seem to fit any specific category?
choose whichever category seems closest. A great song will never be
passed over simply because it doesn't seem to fit a particular category.
If judges feel a song will do better in a different category, they
have the option to move it to that category during the final round
amateur songwriters compete with professionals?
Our event is open to amateur and semi-pro songwriters
— not professionals making over
$5,000 in publishing royalties Most other contests draw no such distinctions.
details see: Rules & Entry
I retain copyright protection on the songs I enter?
All songs and song lyrics are considered to be copyright-protected
and ALL WRITERS RETAIN ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR WORK.
Practical View of Copyrights
Is the performance and the quality of the recording important?
judges focus on the song and the elements of songwriting —
NOT on the the production, vocal performance
or quality of the recording.
is a key point. Many other contests are really talent contests, in
the tradition of American Idol. They focus more on performance
and less on the craft of songwriting.
if a judge likes my song and wants to contact me personally?
who are publishers, producers or recording artists are always looking
for great songs and lyrics. If they hear material they're interested
in, they can request the songwriter's name. At the end of the contest,
we contact writers for permission to share their contact information
with interested parties.
makes the Great
American Song Contest a better choice than other songwriting competitions?
Ten Reasons This
Contest Is Best
do I enter the Great American Song Contest?
are several different ways to enter your songs, online or by mail.
For details see: Rules
you accept credit cards?
we accept credit cards for online entries and money orders for mail
entries. Payment for entry fees must be in US Dollars.
I enter by mail, does it make any difference if I use regular mail
or priority mail?
all that matters is that your entries are mailed on or before our
annual postmark deadline. There's no need to pay extra for premium
Great American Song Contest