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 Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest
Summary:Songwriting competition
Deadline: 02 November 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Education Through Music-LA (ETM-LA) is excited to announce it’s first-ever 2019 Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest. The purpose of this contest is to produce an inspiring, high-quality, original song to be premiered by students at the annual Music Unites the World Festival, a two-day event bringing together student performers from many of our 36 partner schools in Los Angeles County. For more info on ETM-LA’s mission, visit


The winner will be commissioned to write a song to be premiered at the Music Unites the World Festival March 14, 2019 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. The winning piece will be sung by approximately 40-50 treble & alto singers (grades 4-6), accompanied on piano.

The winner will be invited to attend the premiere where the winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash prize. In addition, the composer will meet and work with the choir and director. Music industry professionals, educators, celebrity film composers, and other leaders will be in attendance. Past festival celebrity coaches include Academy Award and GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer Randy Spendlove; Composers Blake Neely (Flash, Arrow), Christophe Beck (Frozen), Joseph Trapanese (Straight Outta Compton), Joseph Kraemer (Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation), Harry Gregson-Williams (The Meg, Shrek), Producer Sebastian Krys (Shakira, Luis Fonsi, Juanes), Singer-Songwriter Judith Hill (The Voice, Prince), NOMAD (Babyface), Consultant CeCe Sammy (American Idol), and Solo Vocalist Lisbeth Scott (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia).


Preliminaries: Composers submit portfolios of two to three (2-3) sample works demonstrating ability to write for young treble voices (SA). Published or unpublished works are acceptable. A panel of judges comprised of experts in choral composition and music education will determine the winning composer/songwriter who will advance to
Selected Composer: The chosen composer will meet with ETM-LA to discuss vision, lyrics and connection of the new piece to the “Music Unites the World” theme.
FEE: $10 early bird fee if submitted by Oct. 18; $15 regular fee price if submitted between October 19 and November 2. All fees are non-refundable.

November 2: Applications due. Apply using the online form on the right.
November 7: Three finalists will be selected; their portfolios will be submitted to the panel of judges who will select the final winner.
November 10: The winner will be notified and and will meet with ETM-LA to discuss vision for the song.
December 15: The winner will send the song/composition manuscript to ETM-LA for comments and feedback.
January 7: Composition deadline! The completed song will be submitted to ETM-LA for students to begin preparation for the 2019 Music Unites the World Festival.
March 2019: Winning song will be premiered by ETM-LA Choir at the 2019 Music Unites the World Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA on March 14, 2019.


Competition is open to composers who are at least 18 years old at the time of the application deadline.
All copyright, and royalty rights of the winning piece remain with the composer.
Winning composer grants use of commissioned piece to be performed and recorded at the Music Unites the World Festival, March 14, 2019.
The winner will be responsible for any room, board, or other travel expenses associated with attending the Music Unites the World Festival.
Songwriting Contest Guidelines

ETM-LA reserves the right to not select a winner.

ENTRY DEADLINE: 11/2/2018 11:59 PM PT

 2019 Art Song Composition Award, National Association of Teachers of Singing
Summary:Art Song Composition Award
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Entries for the 2019 Art Song Composition Award are being accepted. Application deadline is December 1, 2018. Presented by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the annual composition contest fosters the collaborative energy of vocalists and composers, with prizes sponsored by composer Lori Laitman. Share this link and notify your composer colleagues and encourage them to apply for the NATS Art Song Composition Award.

The work must be:
• a song cycle, group of songs, or extended single song of approximately twenty minutes in length (13-25 minutes acceptable);
• for single voice and piano;
• to a text written in English, for which the composer has secured copyright clearance (only text setting permission necessary);
• composed within the last two years (after Jan. 1, 2017).

Listen to audio tracks of the 2018 Winners and Finalists of the Art Song Composition Award:

 Arcady Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Voice and piano competition
Deadline: 30 January 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Arcady is pleased to present the third annual Arcady Emerging Composer Competition for new works for voice and piano.

The award: The winner of Arcady’s 2019 Emerging Composer Competition will have their work premiered during the 2018/19 season by a member of Arcady’s professional chorus. They will also receive a professional quality recording of the piece and one on one sessions with esteemed Canadian composer and Arcady’s Resident Composer and Artistic Director, Ronald Beckett (in person or via Skype).

Submission criteria:
• Works must be written for solo voice accompanied by piano
• 3-5 minutes in duration
• May be secular or sacred
• Unpublished and unperformed works only
• Rights to texts must be cleared, and evidence of copyright holder’s permission provided
• Composer will retain the copyright of the piece
• Composer may submit up to two compositions
• Arcady will retain winning manuscript for future performances
• Arcady retains the right to not pick a winner if there is no suitable winner

• Composers must self-identify as an emerging composer.

Submission process:
• Scores must be submitted via email to no later than January 30, 2019 (by 11:59 PM EST at the latest). The subject of the email should be “Arcady 2019 Emerging Composer Competition Submission”
• Travel expenses to the premiere are the responsibility of the prize recipient (though composers attendance is not required at the premiere)
• Composer must include a biography and list of works with their submission
• The winner will be notified by March 1, 2019.

For additional information contact:

Deadline: 30 January 2019, 11:59 PM EST

There is no fee to enter the competition, but applicants may make a donation to the non-profit organization to support the competition if they wish.


 Call for Scores - Song Cycles for 2019/2020 Season
Summary:Song recital call
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 August 2018
Details: For my next song recital project, I am looking for
• groups of songs(duration up to 20 minutes)
• written after the year 2010
• with texts in English(preferrably from living poets)
• for any combination of tenor, piano and/or double bass.

My deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018.
Music as MusicXML- or PDF-file may be sent to
Please direct all questions and complaints to me at the above address.

Receipt Deadline:
December 31, 2018

No Fees

Name of Organization:
Gregory Wiest, Tenor

Gregory Wiest announces his 14th call for scores. Chosen works will be performed on a program tentatively scheduled for the 2019/2020 season. Composers, whose works are chosen, receive a copy of the live recording.

Composers of any age or nationality may submit groups of songs(duration up to 20 minutes), written after the year 2010, with texts in English(preferrably from living poets), for any combination of tenor, piano and double bass.

Music as MusicXML- or PDF-File may be sent to Hard-copies can be sent to Gregory Wiest, Tuerkenstsr. 45, 80799 Munich, Germany. International submissions cannot be returned.

Contact information:
Gregory Wiest,
Tuerkenstr. 45,
80799 Munich,


Summary:Song Writing
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 27 August 2015
Details: How can I enter?

It’s easy! You can enter online at any of these sponsoring sites: Broadjam or on the DSA website or download an entry form here and print out, and mail your entries to:

Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA)
2011 Song Contest Director
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard #20
Dallas, TX 75219

How much is the entry fee?

$25 each entry. Please note EACH entry must have an accompanying form sheet. If you are a member of DSA or plan to join, you can get a $5 discount off your membership or renewal for each song contest entry. To join DSA or renew your membership, go to We’d love to have you as a member!

Who owns the songs I enter?

You do! You retain all rights.

What has to be on the lyric sheet?

The song Title and Category appear at the top of the sheet. Your lyrics, marked with “Verse” “Chorus” etc., follow the Title. For a sample, click here. Do not write your name on the lyric sheet or on the outside of the CD case -- simply fold your lyric sheet white-side out (so that the back side shows) and legibly write the song Title and Category on the back of the lyric sheet, and place it inside the CD case so that the song Title and Category show through the CD case.

If I don’t write my name on my lyric sheet, how do you know which one is mine?

Song Contest staff keeps track of which name goes with which song – all names are withheld from the judges so that the judges can select the winners with the highest level of fairness possible. Once the judges select the semifinalists and winners, the song contest staff reveals the names of the winning artists.