Established in 2003, The Philadelphia Songwriters Project is a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for local and regional songwriters--providing them with opportunities to showcase their music, learn, network and advance their careers. Online submissions are being accepted until March 20 in the ninth annual performing songwriting contest produced by The Philadelphia Songwriters Project. Songs will be evaluated by music industry professionals based on lyrics, music and performance quality.
The contest is open to performing songwriters in all genres and of all experience levels. Winners will be afforded opportunities to perform during various festivals and venues in the region this summer including Firefly Festival in Dover, DE; Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA; Philadelphia Folk Festival; Rose Tree Media Summer Festival; the University of Pennsylvania summer concert series; Wawa Welcomes America (Philadelphia’s July 4th celebration); as well as at the Sellersville Theater. In addition, winners will receive an hour-long-consultation with Emmy award-winning songwriter, composer and filmmaker Rodney Whittenberg, an interview with Mark Rodgers on WSTW’s “HomeTown Heroes,” and a video and audio package. Finalists will be named April 11 and will be invited to compete in a live showcase May 18 at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, during which a panel of celebrity judges and the audience will select four winners and two alternates.
Although membership is not required to enter the contest, new and renewing members may submit their first song for free, but all artists chosen as finalists must join the organization prior to the finals showcase.
More information on the organization and its songwriting contest (including tiered entry fees) may be found online at phillysongwriters.com.