... plus $10,000 in Prizes!
There's more to the Great
American Song Contest than great prizes and
prestigious awards — that's only the beginning!
Many songwriters enter the Great American Song Contest
mostly to get their songs heard and get feedback from
knowledgeable music-industry professionals.
That's because the Great American Song
Contest offers this unique guarantee: ALL participating
songwriters receive written evaluations of their songs
from experienced music-industry pros!
The philosophy of the Great American Song
Contest is distinctively different from the lottery-style
competitions that receive 20,000 to 30,000 entries each
Unlike those highly competitive "big
cash prize" contests that reward only a few, the
Song Contest offers a clear benefit to everyone
who enters, and all entrants receive a detailed evaluation
from the contest judges. (See List
of JUDGES below.)
How Songs Are Judged
Judges base their evaluations on the universal hallmarks
of songwriting excellence: Engaging lyrics, creative
use of language, effective and memorable melodies, and
overall songwriting technique.
Lyric Only entries are judged using
the same lyrical criteria — and the Judges evaluate
each lyric to see how successfully it can be adapted
to music. Lyrics
Note: Judges focus
on the quality of the song - Not the performance or
quality of the recording.
Three Rounds of Judging
Level One — All entries in all categories
are judged by helpful and knowledgeable music-industry
professionals, each selected for his or her expertise
in specific style categories (Pop, Country, Folk, etc...)
Level Two — Judges advance
100 songs (top 10 songs in each songwriting category)
to Level Two. Five songs are selected from each category
to receive Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting
awards. The top song in each category wins a First
Place Award< and advances to compete for the Grand
Level Three — Grand
Prize Winner of the Great American
Song Contest is selected from the First Place category
are just a few of this year's scheduled
Great American Song
Pattison is a professor at Berklee College
of Music and an expert in the art of songwriting.
His "songposium" seminars are popular
with songwriters in the U.S. and Canada. Several
of his students have gone on to win Grammys, including
John Mayer and Gillian Welch.
Pat is author of three best-selling books on songwriting
and his songs have been recorded by many artists,
including Kathy Mattea, Emmy Lou Harris,
Alison Krauss and Trisha
Frederick — Former Director of A&R
for Rhino Records, Robin is a producer
and recording artist who's written many songs for
albums and television. She's also author of the
To Hit Songwriting," a past-president of
Los Angeles Women In Music and
co-founder of the Indie Nation Music Conference.
Phillips-Oland — One of the music industry's
most successful lyricists, Pamela's songs have been
recorded by many top recording artists, including
Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire,
Brian Adams and Selena - and featured
on the HBO series "The Sopranos."
She's also author of the excellent book "You
Can Write Great Lyrics."
Anderson — Formerly a staff writer
with EMI Publishing in Nashville
and MCA/Universal in Los Angeles, this remarkable
songwriter and recording
artist has received a Dove Award nomination
(for "Emmanuel" with Amy Grant and
Michael W. Smith). Famous performers who
have recorded his songs include John Fogerty,
Juice Newton and Pam Tillis, whose #1
hit was Anderson's "Maybe It Was Memphis."
Bishop — Rand is a Grammy-nominated, BMI
affiliated songwriter with over 200 cuts to his
credit — by such artists as Toby Keith,
Tim McGraw, David Ball, Heart,
Indigo Girls, Cheap Trick,
the Beach Boys and Richie Havens.
He is also a music publisher, producer and author
Stuff Up, a fascinating book about his
long and successful career as a songwriter.
R. Sinnott — As London-based director
of EMI Music Publishing, this legendary music-industry
executive negotiated record deals for Elton John,
Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Queen,
Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones.
His new book "Masters
Of Songwriting" is essential reading for
Zeman — Veteran producer-songwriter
David Zeman is well-known on the LA music scene.
He recorded with The Rembrandts (who famously
wrote and performed the TV show "Friends"
theme song "I'll Be There For You.") David
has also worked with The Gin Blossoms, Parliament
Funkadelic and co-produced AJ Croce's
CD "Transit." In addition, he's composed
music promos for Entertainment Tonight,
The Drew Carrey Show, That 70's Show and
Carmassi — Following his selection
as top composer in the Great American
Song Contest™, Giulio's career has taken
off in a big way. He signed with A&M Records,
released a music video with Emmy Rossum for
Records and produced for Decca
Records (Sting/Rufus Wainwright/John Scofield)
recording artist Tommy Wallach. He also played
Got Talent and scored movies by directors John
Turturro and Alan Cumming. Then, in early
2013, Giulio was invited by Grammy Award winning
recording artist Pat Metheny to join the
Pat Metheny Unity Band, with Chris Potter,
Ben Williams and Antonio Sanchez.
remember Donna Douglas as her character
Elly May Clampet on the 60s classic television show
"The Beverly Hillbillies." But we know
her as an accomplished songwriter and co-writer
of "The Hard Way," featured on the triple-platinum
Faith album by recording artist Faith
Hill. Ms. Douglas has also written songs for
Contemporary Christian recording artists Larnelle
Harris, Babbie Mason, Susan Ashton and Margaret
Cahill is the founder of Songwriters
Resource Network, a leading online
news & education resource for songwriters, lyricists
and music composers. Steve has published interviews
with some of America's foremost songwriters, including
Randy Newman, Tom Waits,
Billy Joel and John Prine.
He's also written and produced music broadcasts
for CBS News.
Perkins — Brett knows the music business.
He's led the National Academy of Songwriters
and founded the Listening
Room International Songwriter Retreats and Copenhagen
Songwriters Festival. As an artist, he's toured
33 countries, produced multiple albums, commercial
cuts, and music for film & TV. He currently
lives in Denmark, where he records and produces
Starrett — From London to Paris to New
York, Ms. Starrett has written and published arts-related
features on poetry, songwriting, music, film and
literature. She is currently the Executive Director
an online resource for song lyricists.
& Pete Luboff — Legendary songwriters
and authors of two superb books focused on the craft
of songwriting: "88
Song Wrongs and How To Right Them" and
Steps To Building Better Songs." Their
songs have been recorded by Snoop Dogg,
Bobby Womack, Patti LaBelle and featured
in Hollywood movies. |
Vincent Tognetti — Award-winning
ASCAP songwriter and recording artist, Vincent
has produced a wide variety of music for radio,
television and for corporate music libraries.
He also recorded and produced his own great Indie
album,"Rise Above It".
Cook — As director of Weaver Of Words
Music (an affiliate of Bug Music Publishing)
H.R. Cook has worked with Grammy-nominated artists
and songwriters, including bluegrass music legend
Del McCoury and Cherryholmes, winners
in the International Bluegrass Music Awards.
Wright — Radio host and talent scout
Rob (aka Mr. Raw) made his mark at Sony Music's
A&R Department and went on to organize such
HipHop organizations as Underground
Music Awards, the A&R Power summit and Urban
out these GASC Success Stories!
For more on the Great
American Song Contest, please visit:
FAQ and Why
This Contest Is Best
& ENTRY for details