international songwriters day

Submit to the International Songwriters Day Song Contest

The "International Songwriters Day Song Contest" is kicking off for its second year running and is looking for "songs of inspiration" to help celebrate International Songwriters Day on Apr. 9. The contest opened on Dec. 19 and runs until Apr. 2.

The contest is open to writers all around the world, from all levels of experience. This year's theme is "inspiration." They are looking for songs that inspire—think (new beginnings, second chances, starting over), etc. They can be ballads but they should have an element of hope or redemption in the storyline to fit the theme.

Production and performance aren't a consideration. It's originality, melody and lyrics—the meat and bones—that the judges are looking for.

This year there is an "Indie Music Video" category (open to any artist/band who is not signed to a major label). The theme again is "inspiration."

The judges have lived, breathed and worked in the industry for many years and have multi-awards and Grammy nominations to show for it. These highly talented people have one thing in common, they all love and respect a great song.

The judges are Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne), Darryl Ross; a multi-platinum producer/arranger, Alan Roy Scott who has had cuts with (Celine Dion, Roberta Flack, Cher, Ray Charles), Mike Gormley, LAPD Mgmt. who helped launch the careers of Rod Stewart, BTO, Rush, The Police, Danny Elfman, the Bangles, Micah Barnes, (member of the Nylons and recording artist), Martin Isherwood, Head of Music at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and Diana Williamson who has written 2x#3 Billboard Hot Club chart songs and is CEO of themusiclibrary.org.

Some wonderful prize sponsors are on board, such as "The Music Registry," in-depth music directories, song pitch opportunities from "The Song Tuner," artist coaching with Trina Harmon, the Indie Bible (directories), passes to Springboard Memphis Artist Bootcamp and Festival and the book 101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting, with more prizes to come.

Winners will be announced on Apr. 9, International Songwriters Day.

You can submit your songs and videos on the contest platform at filmfreeway.com/InternationalSongwritersDaySongContest.

For more information, you can check out their Facebook facebook.com/internationalsongwritersday.