MUSIC CITY SONGWRITING COMPETITION RULES & REGULATION
1. The Music City Songwriting Competition is open to amateur songwriters and co-songwriters only. Contestants that have had a staff writing deal with a publishing company within the past 10 years or those that obtain the majority of their income from songwriting may not enter. No songs under professional contract or any that have been previously published can be submitted.
2. Only original songs may be submitted. Entries cannot infringe any copyrights or other third party rights. Entries may have multiple co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry form. Each contestant, upon entering, guarantees that they have the absolute right to enter (including approval from non-contestant co-writers). By entering, the contestant agrees to indemnify and hold Music City Songwriting Competition (MCSC) produced by Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with the aforementioned.
3. Song entries cannot be more than five minutes in length. Entries over five minutes in length will not be considered.
4. Contestants may submit as many songs as desired; however, each song entry must be submitted on separate CDs or files with the name of contestant clearly marked on each. It is the contestant's responsibility to ensure that the submitted song(s) are complete and playable. Submission materials will not be returned to the contestant. MCSC is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries.
5. All entry fees are non-refundable.
6. Entries will be screened by MCSC, and the semi-finalists will be sent to a panel of judges who will select the top 25 finalists. The judging committee will consist of high-profile music industry professionals, including record label executives, producers, and artists. Songs will be judged equally on melody, composition, originality, lyrics, and most importantly, commercial appeal. Quality of performance and production will not be considered.
7. All prizes will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-authors is the responsibility of winners. MCSC does not give feedback or a critique to all contestants – only the Top 25 finalists will receive feedback.
8. The top 25 finalists will be posted on the MCSC website on or around the week of March 4, 2014 and the Grand Prize winner will be selected on or around the week of April 1, 2014. MCSC will make every effort to announce the finalists at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays.
9. Each finalist will be notified by email or phone and will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that the submitted song is original and he/she holds rights to the song. Failure to sign and return the form within the required time period or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate finalist may be selected. Affidavits are subject to verification by MCSC and its agents. Entry constitutes a non-exclusive license for permission to use finalist’s name, likeness and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
10. Should a contestant’s song(s) be selected as a top 25 finalist, he or she agrees that the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation shall have the right to include the finalists and winning song(s) on a Music City Compilation CD to be used for promotional purposes in marketing efforts of Music City.
11. Winning song could be subjected to single song contract. If chosen, the Grand Prize winner acknowledges and agrees to transfer all ownership rights in and to the winning song to Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation pursuant to the single-song publishing contract between the company and winner. Although the winner retains the right to reject the terms of the contract offer by Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, the rejection of such contract shall constitute a forfeiture of this portion of the Grand Prize. The winning song will be used on Great American Country TV and Sirius XM Satellite Radio and all rights are cleared as part of this contract. Under this contract, the songwriter will assign 100% of the publishing rights of a song to the publisher for 24 months. Writer will retain all writers’ rights. If the publisher secures a placement with an artist during this period then the publisher becomes a permanent copyright owner of the song. If after the 24 month period the publisher hasn't placed the song, then the agreement is terminated, and all rights to the song revert back to the songwriter.
12. Contestant understands that all songs entered may be distributed to judges selecting the top 25 finalists and Grand Prize winner, and agrees to release, indemnify, and hold MCSC, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in MCSC.
13. By entering the Music City Songwriting Competition, contestants and/or their parents or legal guardian (if contestant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of MCSC and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. Contestant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Music City Songwriting Competition Rules and Regulations as established herein.
14. Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp employees are not eligible to enter.
All Contest Entrants will receive:
- One copy of Jana Kramer's self-titled release
Contest finalists (Top 25) will receive:
- Music City Songwriting Competition Certificate of Recognition
- Music City Gift Bag
The Grand Prize winner will receive:
- Two (2) roundtrip air fare tickets (winner and one (1) guest) from the closest major airport to winner’s residence served by Southwest Airlines®, on published scheduled service (subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions; certain restrictions may apply), to Nashville, TN.
- Transportation from Nashville International Airport to hotel and return from hotel to airport
- 5 Nights at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel
- $1,000 Cash Prize
- Winner will be interviewed on Great American Country TV to run in a scheduled show
- Winner will be interviewed by Storme Warren host of Great American Country’s Headline Country and Music Row Happy Hour on Sirius/XM Highway 59 Radio
- Featured interview in American Songwriter Magazine
- Winning song will be recorded during the taping of Sirius|XM Satellite Radio show, "Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits"
- Winning song to be highlighted on Music City Radio, Nashville’s online radio station
- Personalized Autographed Jana Kramer CD
- Mentoring session with Jana Kramer
- One hour mentoring session with a professional songwriter
- Opportunity to receive a single song publishing deal
- 1 Backstage Pass which offers complimentary admission for 2 to over 30 Nashville attractions
- Nashville Music City Gift Bag
- Showcase session @ American Songwriter offices
No transfer or substitution of prizes will be accepted, except as necessary due to availability, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. If it is necessary to substitute a prize, MCSC reserves the right to give the winner a cash substitute determined by the wholesale value of the prize. All winners agree to release MCSC and sponsors including: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, American Songwriter Magazine, Great American Country, Southwest Airlines®, and Renaissance Nashville Hotel from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of winner. MCSC will not pay taxes on behalf of the winner.
How To Enter
Mail completed entries to:
Music City Songwriting Competition
P.O. Box 190633
Nashville, TN 37219-0633 USA
Upload electronic entries to:
Entries will be accepted November 1, 2013 – February 15, 2014. All entries must be postmarked on or before midnight February 15, 2014.
To be considered, each entry must include:
1. One completed entry form with contestant’s original signature. Please type or print legibly.
2. The song entry should be recorded on CD, or you may submit an MP3, online at https://songspace.com/contests#/music-city-songwriting-competition. Please make certain that the contestant's name is marked directly on the CD. If entering a CD, the entry must be shipped in a regular-sized CD case (not an ultra-thin case) and the spine must be labeled with contestant's name in black marker.
3. If you are submitting multiple songs, please put each entry on a separate CD. Each entry must also include two copies of the lyric sheet (please include English translation if applicable). Please do not send sheet music with your entry.
4. A $30 (US currency only) entrance fee is required for the first submission. Additional entries are $20 each. (For example, if you enter one song your fee is $30. If you enter two songs your fee will be $50. If you enter three songs, the fee is $70, and so forth.) Checks and money orders should be made payable to: Nashville CVC. Payment from countries outside the U.S. must be in the form of a bank check, money order, cash, or credit card. Personal checks are not accepted from outside the U.S. All entry fees are non-refundable.
5. Online MP3 entries must be paid with a credit card at the time of submission. Please note: you must register as a American Songspace user to enter online - https://songspace.com/contests#/music-city-songwriting-competition