When Great American Song Contest began in 1998, everyone agreed that
SRN should sponsor a song contest to help songwriters
find opportunities in the music industry.
the survey below explains, SRN interviewed over a hundred songwriters
and asked for recommendations on how to build a song contest to help
them reach their goals.
these suggestions, we designed the Great American Song Contest. That's why we say the GASC
is a contest created by songwriters for songwriters.
first Great American Song Contest was launched in 1999 and went on to
become one of the world's most respected events for songwriters, lyricists
asked songwriters what they'd like to see in a good song contest. And
what they didn't like in other contests. Out of 112 songwriters who
responded to our survey, approximately 55 percent were male and 45 percent were female; 65 percent were from the U.S., 26
percent were from Canada, and 9
percent were from other countries.
Many songwriters in the survey said they questioned the value of the
large "big-cash prize" song competitions.
"Frankly, I think the big contests are often more interested in making
money than helping songwriters," said one songwriter from Texas. "I
think some contests just use a lot of hype to get tons of entries. A
few people win but everyone else gets zero benefit."
Some songwriters complained about the high fees charged by large "lottery-style"
big song contests seem more like song lotteries," commented a songwriter
from California. "It seems like writers pay costly entry fees only to
end up paying for the big cash prizes for a few lucky winners."
Some participants of other big corporate contests said they questioned
whether their songs were thoroughly reviewed.
heard some contests only listen to the first minute or so of the songs,"
said a Michigan songwriter. "If songs are not even listened to completely,
how fair is that?"
Some participants of other songwriting contests complained they received
no feedback on their songs.
would really be helpful to get critiques from judges," said a song lyricist
from Tennessee. "I entered [one contest] and they didn't even confirm
my entry. They didn't give me any feedback about my work. All they did
was cash my check."
in the the survey offered these following recommendations to create
a useful and truly rewarding contest:
- Don't be just another big-cash-prize
contest trying to attract thousands of entries
- Focus on Quality — Not
- Reward winners with opportunities
to open doors in the music industry
- Provide evaluations from
qualified judges on ALL songs and lyrics
- Offer a range of categories
and multiple awards in each category
- Offer low entry fees
recommendations helped form the Great American Song Contest. Everyone
who enters the GASC can expect the following:
- Multiple awards & prizes in all categories,
for a total of 45 awards, 5 per category
- ALL entries receive a respectful
and complete review
- ALL entries receive at least
one written evaluation from a contest judge
- ALL contest participants
are notified upon receipt of their entries
- Easily affordable entry fees
addition, the Great American Song Contest proudly presents some of the
music industry's top judges! (See Judges
& Judging section.)
Resource Network sponsors the annual Great American Song Contest because
we believe it is the most rewarding contest available to undiscovered
songwriters. We welcome your suggestions on how can continue to improve
and create the best event possible.
to hear from you. If you have suggestions, please e-mail: info@GreatAmericanSong.com