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"It’s important that you visit your worksite every day, even if it’s just to improvise, touch the piano, play some chords. Be in touch with your music" ~ Burt Bacharach, legendary multi-hit songwriter



USA Songwriting Competition Newsletter 


18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries. Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000. Sponsors of the 2013 Competition are: New Music Weekly,, Loggins Promotion, Sony, Audio-Technica, D'Addario Strings, Presonus, iZotope, Propellerheads, Notion Software, Recording Magazine, Acoustica, Sonoma Wireworks, Acoustic Café Radio Program,, Reverbnation, Broadjam, Sirius XM Radio, Sonicbids, etc.

  *DEADLINE: Enter by May 31st or earlier. ENTER HERE »


Also, USA Songwriting Competition has entry forms in more foreign languages due to the requests from songwriters and composers all over the world. We now have entry forms in languages of Japanese, Korean, Chinese (both simplified and complicated characters for China & Taiwan), Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese. READ MORE »


Alumni Winners & Finalists' Updates
Sahsa Allen, a backup singer of Air Gold, 13th Annual USA Songwriting Competition, is now on the #1 hit NBC TV show "The Voice".

Gail Swanson (2002 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize Winner, Country)'s acoustic version of "Sympathy for the Devil" was featured in the ABC series "666 Park Ave". 

 Nenna Yvonne (Overall Grand Prize Winner, 16th Annual USA Songwriting Competition) has been signed with Thump/Universal Music Group.

Sally Nyolo (2012 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize Winner, World category) is signed to RCA Victor/Sony Music.

Alexander Cardinale (2011 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize winner & Overall 2nd Prize) won Hollywood Music in Media Award for "Best Song in a TV Show" on "90210" with the same song he won for USA Songwriting Competition "Traffic Lights". READ MORE »



Radio Podcast, featuring USA Songwriting Competition Winners
Winning songs include: Mike Schmid, Darrell Scott, etc. LISTEN HERE »


Acoustic Café radio show will air the winners of the 2012 competition every week this month in May: Mark Spiro, Charlotte Sometimes, Sally Nyolo, Sherri Gough and more. Sirius XM Radio will be airing the winning songs of 2012 competition. Stay tuned. 


Songwriters Showcases @ Bluebird Cafe

Thank you to those that performed and attended our showcase at Bluebird cafe and SXSW. View Pictures »



A.J. Croce Wins Acoustic Music Awards
Nashville Acoustic Artist A. J. Croce beat artists such as Joel Rafael (Best Folk/Americana/Roots), Kat Parsons (Best Female Artist) for the Overall Grand Prize in the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). READ MORE »



Legendary Songwriter Burt Bacharach: How I Write

The great American songwriter, responsible for 73 Top 40 hits on the U.S. charts (That's What Friends Are For, The Look of Love, Close to You, etc), talks about how he writes a song, and the time Miles Davis complimented him. His new memoir, with Robert Greenfield, is "Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music". READ MORE »



Songwriting Masters Tips

How to record great vocals at home

Write Not Just Any Song, But A HIT Song by Robin Frederick

How To Write Hit Lyrics by Molly-Ann Leikin

Striking the Right Chord by Danny Arena

The Money Angle by Eric Alexandrakis

Inviting the Listener In by Ralph Murphy

Polishing the Silver Bowl by Pat Pattison

Writing Music to Words (Part 2) by Harriet Schock



Other Songwriting Articles

Turn Your iPad Into a Recording Studio

Top 10 DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) For Songwriting





"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 10" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation. This CD will be out now later this year and features winners such as Mike Schmid, Jonathan Ferreri, Charlotte Sometimes, etc.

"New ACOUSTIC MUSIC Vol 8" - featuring winners and runner-ups of the 8th Annual IAMA will be out later this month. Artists includes; Maddy Rodriguez, Doug Young, The Wailin Jennys, etc.

You can now purchase our cool USA Songwriting Competition T-shirts, Hats & other stuff online:


Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS): May 22 - 24, Ibiza, Spain

New Music Seminar: June 9 - 11; New York, NY

NXNE (North By North East) 2013: June 10 - 16; Toronto, Canada.

Bonnnaroo Music Festival 2013; Manchester, TN: June 13 - 16

Americana Music Festival & Conference: Sept 18 - 22, 2013; Nashville, TN

AES 2013 135th Convention: Oct 17 - 20, 2013; Javits Center, New York, USA


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Wishing you blissful & better music making!

Warmest Wishes...Jessica Brandon, Artist Relations ~~

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