The annual competition is now open for entries, with new prizes including music gear, guaranteed gifts and coaching from songwriters
Today saw annual UK Songwriting Contest open entry to its 2016 competition, announcing a new set of prizes, another experienced panel of judges from the music industry, and three new song categories. The UKSC remains open to songwriters from every country, with both beginners and experienced writers welcome to enter.
This year’s prize fund includes Gibson, Fender and Hofner guitars, keyboards, music software, Sennheiser headphones, Shure and Behringer microphones, song copyright registrations and coaching with top songwriters. There are also guaranteed gifts and new prize draws for all entrants each week and month. Additionally, the UKSC organisers plan to introduce live online results and status updates for entries.
Song categories are split into Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Lyrics Only, Adult Contemporary (AC), Acoustic & Folk, Love Songs, Music Videos, Under 18s, Open Category, Rock, Christmas Songs, Country, Jazz/Blues, Christian/Faith, Instrumental, Electronic/Dance/Ambient and R&B/HipHop/Rap. Plus, three new song categories have been introduced into the 2016 competition: Retro, World Music and Indie.
The UKSC’s judges include British producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis), Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera) Britney Spears’ musical director and BRIT Award winner Simon Ellis, producer and arranger Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey), Sting’s producer and double Grammy and Emmy winner Kipper Eldridge, CMA Award winning country star Lucie Diamond, hit songwriter Mark Cawley, Oscar nominated TV and film composer Jamie Serafi, and past UKSC winner and platinum album artist Natalie Chua.
The deadline is midnight on 30 September 2016 and the entry fee is £15 per song. To find out more about the UK Songwriting Contest and to enter, go to: songwritingcontest.co.uk