How to win a song contest: What the songwriters need to know
The songwriters, who must submit at least two songs per year, are judged by the songwriter on how well they manage to write lyrics that make sense in the context of the song.
The songwriter receives two points for each song they submit, while the judges are awarded two points per song submitted.
In the past, the judges have said that they would award the songwriting awards based on how the song is written, and that they are “not in the business of picking favorites,” but are “proposing a competition that rewards creative expression and gives songs that reflect their lyrics a chance.”
The contest, which begins Feb. 16, is open to songwriters from any genre and requires submission of songs that have been performed live at least twice within the past five years.
The judges will be chosen by a panel of songwriters who include former U.S. presidents, Grammy award winners, songwriters of the year, and other pop music luminaries.
The songwriting contest has been in existence since 2010, when a group of singers including Beyonce and Beyoncé performed a live version of “Hello” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
It was featured on the Ellen DeGenres Show in 2017.
The event, which is held at the Nashville Convention Center, is free, open to the public, and includes an interactive experience with a free mini concert featuring the music of the contest winners.
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