Deadline extended for $80k songwriting contest

Deadline for 2018’s Song of the Year competition have been extended to July 21st.

Open to songwriters across the world, the competition aims to find the most talented songwriters and lyricists and provide support in launching their writing careers.

Winners for the competition will receive $80,000 (£61,000) in cash alongside a host of prizes including recording equipment, tech and instruments.

Now into it’s 18th year of running, winners of the contest will also have their music sent to record labels, publishers, management companies, promoters and other industry professionals for consideration.

With a specific focus on the craft of songwriting, Song of the Year aims to discover emerging songwriting talent and help them get attention in the industry to kickstart their careers.

Previous winners of the contest include singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, who went on to enjoy a Billboard Number One after winning her category in Song of the Year, guitarist Jared Scharff, who plays in the house band for American comedy show Saturday Night Live and Keaton Simons who went on to work with Jason Mraz, Gnarls Barkley and Coldplay.

Judges for this year’s contest include Dave Grohl, Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys, U2’s The Edge, Gwen Stefani and Lenny Kravitz.

For full details on how to apply, head to the Song of the Year website.

Photo: Hans Vivek