“Best Song Of The Month” Song Contest
The SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest honors and publicizes the top songs which are submitted to SongwriterUniverse each month. This contest not only spotlights the winning song and songwriter, but also showcases the Top Five new songs that we hear each month. Many pro songwriters, A&R execs, publishers and producers check out the winning songs each month.
Important Update: The price to enter one song in our “Best Song Of The Month” Contest is now just $10.00. We have also increased our prizes for the Winner. The Winner shall receive (1) the A&R Registry, (2) the Music Publishers Registry, (3) the Film & Television Music Guide, (4) the Indie Bible, and (5) a Broadjam Primo One-Year Membership. The total value of these prizes is $600.00.
In addition, the writer of the winning song will be interviewed for a very positive, feature article on our SongwriterUniverse site. Dale Kawashima (music exec & Head of SongwriterUniverse) will personally interview (via phone or email) the winner and write the article. The article will include a photo of the winner, streaming audio of the winning song, plus a link to the writer’s website and e-mail address. The winning song & writer (plus their photo) will be announced on the front, homepage of the SongwriterUniverse site. In addition, the four other finalist songs will be spotlighted on the homepage and the contest winner article page, with the names of the finalists and their winning songs, their photo or YouTube music video, streaming audio of their songs, plus their website and e-mail links. Also, the winning songwriter & four finalists will be spotlighted in our widely read, monthly email newsletter. Notably, both the winner and four other finalists will receive prizes (please see below).
Each “Best Song Of The Month” article will remain online indefinitely. Our objective is to not only honor the winning songwriters when they first win, but to continually help expose and promote their songs via our website.
Important Notes: The Top Five Songs each month will be reviewed by Dale Kawashima, Head of SongwriterUniverse and veteran music publishing and A&R exec. Kawashima has referred previous song contest winners to top A&R execs at record labels and music publishing companies. He also has his own music publishing company, Dale Kawashima Music. However, there is certainly no obligation by any songwriter to consider deals with companies referred by Kawashima.
A previous song contest finalist has now become a major star. Grammy winner Meghan Trainor (“All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin”) entered our song contest twice, and she was named a finalist both times (In January 2010 & September 2011).
Here are recent testimonials for our “Best Song Of The Month” Contest:
SongwriterUniverse's songwriting contest was the key to unlocking the door to the industry. A couple weeks after winning the "song of the month", I was offered a single song publishing contract by a major publisher and have received large amounts of fan mail. I feel like it was probably the best 12 bucks I've ever spent. The A&R registry book (which is a prize) is also extremely valuable, listing all the top dogs in the industry. Thanks for opening doors, Dale.
Song Contest Winner Prizes
In addition to receiving the recognition and publicity from SongwriterUniverse, here are the Winning Prizes for the Song Contest Winner:
Prize for the Four Other Finalists (Runner-Ups)
The four other finalists each month, whose songs were also selected for our Top Five Songs Of The Month, will receive the following prize:
Entry Fee and Instructions
All genres of music will be accepted for this contest. Each song will be judged on its artistic merit, originality, craft and market potential. Demos do not have to be elaborately produced, but they need to be presented in a professional manner.
- The entry fee for this contest is $10.00 U.S. for one song.
- Or, you can enter two songs for $20.00 U.S.
- Or, you can enter three songs for $30.00 U.S. or four songs for $40.00 U.S.
You can submit your song by emailing your MP3 to us, or email us a link so we can hear your song. Here are the instructions:
Please submit your song(s) via MP3, to this e-mail address: [email protected]. Please paste your lyrics into the actual text of your e-mail, and not in an attachment. Or, if your song is already available online, please send us the link to your site, and we will go there to hear your song. You can also send us a link to your SoundCloud or YouTube page. If your lyrics are not available on the site, please send them to us via e-mail. Upon receiving your MP3 or link and your song contest entry fee, we will email you a confirmation. To pay your song contest entry fee, please scroll down to the “Add To Cart” button below to pay online. You can use PayPal funds or a credit card for payment.
To pay for the “Best Song Of The Month” Contest (1 song) entry fee via PayPal or credit card, $10.00 U.S., please click the “Add To Cart” button directly below and follow the instructions. Thank you.
To pay for the “Best Song Of The Month” Contest (2 songs) entry fee via PayPal or credit card, $20.00 U.S., please click the “Add To Cart” button directly below and follow the instructions. Thank you.
To pay for the “Best Song Of The Month” Contest (3 songs) entry fee via PayPal or credit card, $30.00 U.S., please click the “Add To Cart” button directly below and follow the instructions. Thank you.
To pay for the “Best Song Of The Month” Contest (4 songs) entry fee via PayPal or credit card, $40.00 U.S., please click the “Add To Cart” button directly below and follow the instructions. Thank you.
The deadline for receiving entries will be the last day of each month. Any entry received past the deadline will be eligible for the next month’s contest. All entrants will receive an e-mail reply, confirming that we have received your submittal. However, only the winner and the finalists will be further notified.If you have any questions regarding this song contest, please e-mail us and we will answer your questions.