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  The World's Leading International Songwriting Competition  

"The greatest interaction in the world is the creativity involved in making music" ~ Phil Ramone, late hit producer, one of the most successful music producers of our time.


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 »


Alumni Winners & Finalists' Updates
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 »


Songwriters Showcase at Bluebird Cafe
USA Songwriting Competition will present a showcase at the world renowned "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville, TN on May 9. Songwriters to perform include: Jonathan Ferreri, Sherri Gough, etc.  READ MORE »

Songwriters Showcase @ SXSW

Thank you to those that performed and attended our showcase at SXSW, it was a great turn out on one of the most scenic loctaions in Austin, right beside Lake Austin. "One of the more beautiful venues I've ever played", said Rachael Sage, singer-songwriter. 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 Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies

Phil Ramone has worked with virtually every top music star including Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and Paul Simon, often as a producer, occasionally as a songwriterore. READ MORE »



Songwriting Masters Tips

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

Writing The Bridge 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 WEEKLY covers the radio and music industry within its

weekly magazine, website, NMW-mail and fax services. NMW, built

by radio stations who "break" the hits first, has become the

standard for tracking radio airplay nationwide. For information visit: or call 310-325-9997


Submit music now at for your chance to showcase at the Driven Music Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL. All artists that submit receive one FREE Two-Day Panel Pass, just for submitting! On May 16 - 19, 2013. Panel discussions led by Van's Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman, Atlantic Records Johnny Coscia, Warner/Chappell Music A&R Marc Wilson and more. Artists of all genres: Submit music at


From the D'Addario-pioneered phosphor bronze acoustic strings

to the world-famous XL electric strings, D'Addario has your

instruments covered. Quality, consistency, and innovation make

"The Player's Choice."


StudioTraxx provides instant access to a vast global network of

musicians-for-hire that are ready to work and collaborate via the web. As an

online music production outsourcing solution, StudioTraxx aims to reduce

recording costs while increasing song quality.


Submissions are open for NXNE, June 10-16 2013. Early-bird

discount until Dec 31 – submissions close Jan 31. Take your career

to the next level as  you join 800+ artists showcasing at one of

the world’s top music festivals. Submissions accepted:


LOGGINS PROMOTION is the leading radio promotion and marketing

firm providing services to all genres of music.  We operate at

the highest level of efficiency and integrity, so that you

receive maximum promotion, exposure, and attention. For further

info: 888-325-2901 or email:


IAMA Featured Artists Of the Month Spotlight
Wes Carr (Australia)

Micah Brown

Claire Wyndham (Australia)




Compilation CD
"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 10" is out now. "New ACOUSTIC MUSIC Vol 8" will be out in September 2013





Cool Merchandise
Purchase USA Songwriting Competition T-shirts, Hats, etc. READ MORE »





Products For Musicians
Soundcloud App for iPhone & Andriod, Mixcraft 6 (Acoustica), iRig PRE (IK Multimedia), ATM-610 Microphone (Audio-Technica), GuitarJack (Sonoma Wireworks). READ MORE »






Music Conferences & Festivals

MUSEXPO 2013: Hollywood, CA, May 5 - 8, 2013

Driven Music Conference: May 16 - 19, 2013; Fort Lauderdale, FL


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




Songwriting Blog

Folk Alliance

New Music Weekly

Loggins Radio Promotion






Notion Software

Livewire Musician

Intellitouch Tuners

Sonoma Wire Works

Acoustica Music Software

Auria Multi-track for iPad









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