Thursday, 26 August 2010

For songwriters: 'Come home to bluegrass'

The Ohio County Tourism Commission in Rosine, KY, USA, birthplace of the Father of Bluegrass, announces the first ever 'Come home to bluegrass' Songwriting Contest as part of a programme celebrating the centenary (13 Sept. 2011) of Bill Monroe's birth. The winner of the songwriting contest will debut his/her song at the celebration in 2011. Entries can be submitted from 13 Sept. 2010 to 13 Mar. 2011, and winners will be notified by 1 July. The rules of the contest include:

• Instrumentally and lyrically, songs must represent the traditional bluegrass style of Bill Monroe, should be between two-and-a-half and three minutes long, and should not have been published.

• No professional songwriters, contest judges, or their family members are eligible to enter. Amateurs may enter as many times as they wish, but no more than two songs per $10 entry fee are allowed.

The prizes are: 1st, $500; 2nd, $200; 3rd, $100. For more information about the contest and the whole centenary celebration programme, visit here or call +1-270-298-0036.

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The 7th annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and Song Writing Convention will be held from 23 to 27 February 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (which is twinned with Nashville). All info, including videos from previous festivals, can be found on the Festival website.

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Finally, for songwriters in all genres the International Songwriting Competition, with a galaxy of judges, offers a total of $150,000 in prizes. More details can be seen here.