... 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 opportunity and unique guarantee:
ALL participating songwriters receive written
evaluations of their songs from experienced music-industry
The philosophy behind 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. 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.
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 Yearwood.
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."
Goldmacher has recorded, played on and
produced thousands of recordings for major and
independent publishers, record labels, up and
coming songwriters and Grammy winners. He's worked
with songwriting collaborators including multi-platinum
selling artists Chris Barron (the Spin Doctors),
Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, Lisa Loeb
and Ke$ha. Cliff Goldmacher songs have been cut
by major label artists in genres ranging from
country, pop and jazz to classical crossover.
As an educator, Cliff has taught workshops for
BMI, ASCAP and Songwriters Guild of America.
His highly informative eBook The Songwriters
Guide To Recording Professional Demos has
sold over 5,000 copies.
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 book "Masters
Of Songwriting" is essential reading for
aspiring songwriters. His new book "A
Beginner's Guide: How To Make It In the Music Industry"
is also available at his informative website.
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.
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.
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.
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
McCoury and Cherry Holmes, winners
in the International Bluegrass Music Awards. Originally
geared to Nashville country songwriters, Weaver
of Words Music Group now represents songwriters
in Pop, R&B, Rock, film and television.
Tony Chen first came to the attention
of Great American Song Contest judges in 2011
when his original composition "Recognizing
the Beloved One" won top honors in the Instrumental
category. Since then he has impressively established
an International reputation as an award-winning
composer and music producer. Tony is now a Grammy
voting member. His composition "Free China"
was an official contender for "Best Original
Song" of the 86th Oscars. The complete listing
of his critically acclaimed recordings is available
at his website, HERE
out these GASC Success Stories!
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