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Since 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition®, the world’s leading international songwriting event, has been honouring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists everywhere. This is open to all, regardless of nationality or country origin. In fact, in 2006 Vikki Thorn (nee Simpson) of The Waifs became the first non-USA based musician to ever win the overall grand prize at the USA Songwriting Competition.

Enrolment deadline for the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is fast approaching (May 31st). Songwriters and Composers vie for a chance to win a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as music gear. Winning songs will be receiving radio airplay. Songwriters can enter in 15 different song categories such as: Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc.

USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by: D’Addario Strings, Godin Guitars, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Audio-Technica, FL Software, Sonoma Wireworks, Berklee College of Music, DiscMakers, CDBaby, StoryBlocks, School of Rock, Final Mix Software and more.

Singer Songwriter David Wilcox won the top award (Overall Grand Prize) as well as Best Folk Song award at the 23rd Annual USA Songwriting Competition. David is now 20 Albums into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, his lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings. Wilcox was a winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1990 his A&M Records debut had sold over 100,000 copies. Another A&M Records release “Big Horizon” charted on the Billboard 200 Album Charts. His latest album, “The View From the Edge” was released earlier this year, and many people consider it among his finest work to date.

“I’m grateful my song was selected winner of the top prize in the USA Songwriting competition. This recognition inspires me to continue the work. I love the process of writing, and this will help me follow through when the next song idea pops into my head. Thanks to the judges, and thank you to everyone at the competition for supporting the art of songwriting,” said a very jubilant David Wilcox, who is currently on tour promoting his current album. A dedicated and consummate songwriter, whose work has been covered by KD Lang and others, David often teaches the art songwriting at workshops.

David Wilcox

Past winners have gotten recording contracts, getting their songs on film, TV as well as getting cuts with major artists. Our 2018 winner has been receiving airplay for his winning song. A 2018 finalist won a Grammy award in the recent 2019 Grammy Awards. The 2017 Top winner has her song recorded by Ariane Grande and hit #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. The 2013 Top winner hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went Double Platinum, selling over 2 million copies! The 2007 winner hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and got signed to a record label!

Winners are selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers, A&R from Universal Music, Warner, Sony Music, and other distinguished professionals. This is your chance to be discovered by the biggest names in the music business!

The USA Songwriting Competition® competition offers a shot at the big time for songwriters, original solo artists, and bands everywhere around the world. For you it is the contest that might just open the right doors, make the right connections and get your songs heard. Winning songs receive radio airplay! (the first for any songwriting competition!).
This is not American Idol – this is the professional songwriting competition that offers winners the clout that it it takes to really make it!

*DEADLINE: Enter by May 31st or earlier. Hurry, enter online here:

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