Saturday, August 9, 2008

Song Contest Call for Entries

Song Contest Call for Entries: North Carolina Songwriters Co-op Annual Song Contest

NCSC presents their 11th Annual Song Contest. Songwriters from across the world can enter online with or mail their entries to NCSC. Deadline is Sept 30,2008.

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 9, 2008 – Raleigh,NC - The North Carolina Songwriters Co-op has launched it's 11th Annual Songwriting Competition. Songwriters, Bands and Musicians are able to enter a contest that is aimed at independent songwriters who have received less than $10,000 in royalties. Songs are to be judged on originality, lyrics, melody and composition.

Entries are limited to the first 250 submissions of two songs each. Dwight Sullivan, coordinator for the organization stated, “ NCSC is a non-profit group of songwriters supporting songwriters and the art of songwriting. We open our contest to many genres of music to give everyone an opportunity.”

Returning sponsors include Sam Ash Music, Oasis CD, Taxi, GHS Strings, Levy’s Leathers, the Curran Foundation, The Music Loft of Carrboro, Sonicbids, Batson Group Marketing and PR and Guild Master Graphics. A special package deal between NCSC and Sonicbids includes a six-month subscription to Sonicbids as well as membership in NCSC with each contest entry.

New sponsors include Awesome Websites, The Beat Magazine, Coffeehouse Tour, GoGirls Music, and the Gulf Rim Café. By becoming a sponsor, businesses, organizations and individuals align themselves with a statewide cooperative with a history and reputation for producing a quality contest.

This year the board members decided to forgo the live performance pre-requisite and offer cash as well as prizes to the three top winners and five finalists. “Everyone is feeling the hit of high gas prices. Many touring musicians have had to cancel shows. Even getting to local gigs can be a strain on the wallet.” commented long-time award-winning songwriter and ASCAP member Jon Batson.

Judges for this year’s contest are industry professionals:
Catesby Jones: Hit Singer/Songwriter;Penned songs for several Nashville publishing companies including hits recorded by Travis Tritt "Country Club" and Chet Atkins "Read My Licks."
Harriet Schock: Platinum Award-Winning Songwriter. National Recording Artist, and Songwriting Instructor. She wrote Helen Reddy's hit song "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady." Harriet just finished shooting Henry Jaglom's new film "Irene In Time." Harriet and her whole band are on camera performing her songs. Harriet also provided music for the highly acclaimed Jaglom film "Hollywood Dreams."
Linne Black: Co-owner of Pitchy Women Music and Pitchy Women Pluggers; Member of The Nashville Songwriters Association International and Coordinator of NSAI Winston-Salem; Voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts; Member of BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.); and hit songwriter "If I Could Just See You Now" (Alabama)
Michael Graziano: Recording Studio Owner, TV Producer/ Director;
Philip van Vleck: Music Writer/Critic for Billboard, Dirty Linen and the Durham Herald-Sun.

Details and entry rules for the contest are online at and the NCSC website

About NCSC: North Carolina Songwriters Cooperative is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of songwriters. NCSC assists new and established songwriters by providing a nurturing, supportive environment, resources for self promotion/ marketing information, and holding workshops designed to enhance songwriting and performance skills. PO Box 335 Carrboro, NC 27510

Eileen Batson
Batson Group Marketing and PR
Raleigh, NC

Pete Leary
Guildmaster Graphics

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