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 Imagine Then Vote
Summary:Song Writing Contest
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: Imagine Then Vote is awarding $18,000 in prizes to song writers! Imagine Then Vote is calling on all song writers to submit songs that inspire people to vote for a chance to win a song writing competition.

The winning lyrics and song will powerfully inspire people to vote in the 2018 election and warn people against what is at stake when people do not exercise their right to vote. The winners of this portion of the competition will be decided by the project’s Advisory Board.

The first place winner will be awarded $10,000. Second place will be awarded $5,000. Third place will received $3,000.

How to enter:
1. Submissions should be emailed to
2. Include your name, age, address, email, and phone number.
3. Attach a copy of a signed consent form.
4. Attach audio files of your song (MP3s are preferred).
5. Include lyrics, legibly typed, for each song you enter.

Rules & Regulations:
1. Songs should have a message of civic engagement.
2. Songs should be no more than 5 minutes long.
3. Submissions should include a signed consent form.
4. All ages and residents of the US are welcome to submit songs. Both amateurs and professionals are welcome to submit.
5. Entrant may enter as many songs as they chose.
6. All entries must be original songs and shall not infringe upon any copyrights or any other rights of third parties.
7. Songwriters will retain ownership of their material.
8. If you are chosen as the winner of song contest, you grant us license to share your song by posting it on our website and social media sites. You grant us license to have other individuals record, create videos or arrange your song for the second wave of our competition.
9. By entering the contest you agree to hold Imagine Then Vote harmless from any and all claims, liability, loss or damage arising out of submitting your song to the competition.
10. No fee is required to enter the contest.
11. Song entries must be submitted by 2/28/18.
12. The Advisory Board will select the winners for the competition. The winners will be chosen based on melody, composition, lyrics, originality, and connection to Imagine Then Vote’s mission.
13. The winners will be notified by phone or email by 3/15/2018. They will be contacted directly to arrange collecting the prize money.
14. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Imagine Then Vote will not pay any winners’ taxes or custom’s fees. Prizes will be dispensed in a timely fashion.


 The Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music, 2018-19
Summary:Song commission opportunity
Deadline: 12 February 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Composers are invited to apply for the 2018-19 Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship at the Bodleian Libraries. The Fellowship provides for a period of residence in Oxford and research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries which should act as a stimulus for the Fellow’s composing activity. The Fellowship also marks a collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival, one of the world’s leading song festivals.

Oxford Lieder will commission a significant new song or song cycle from the Fellow. The precise nature of this will be open to discussion, but it is anticipated that that the work will be 15-20 minutes duration, and a commission fee (in the region of £2,000) will be paid by Oxford Lieder. This will be for performance in the Festival in October 2019. In addition, there may be the opportunity to programme one or more of the Fellow’s existing works in other Oxford Lieder performances.

It is also intended that, during their tenure, the Fellow will join in the academic life of the University and participate in at least one lecture and one composition workshop, held jointly with the Faculty of Music.

Applications are open to all and composers at an early stage in their careers are encouraged to apply. There are no geographical restrictions, but note that it is the responsibility of any candidate who is invited to take up the Albi Rosenthal Fellowship to secure any necessary UK visa to enable the period of residence required in Oxford.

The Fellowship provides funds of up to £5,400 to enable a period of continuous residence in Oxford for three months, to be taken between October 2018 and April 2019.

The Bodleian Libraries’ music collections are among the largest in the country and contain printed music from the 16th century onwards and large numbers of music manuscripts from medieval times to the present day. The Oxford Lieder Festival is well established as one of the world’s leading song festivals and the biggest in the UK, attracting many of the world’s greatest artists (

The application deadline is 9.00am GMT, Monday, 12 February 2018 (extended from Friday 9, February).


 Arcady Emerging Composer Competition
Summary:Voice with piano competition
Deadline: 30 January 2018
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
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 2018 Emerging Composer Competition will have their work premiered during the 2017/18 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, 2018 (by 11:59 PM EST at the latest). The subject of the email should be “Arcady 2018 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, 2018.

For additional information contact:

Deadline: 30 January 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Application Form: Arcady 2018 Emerging Composer Competition Application Form
Guidelines: Arcady 2018 Emerging Composer Competition Guidelines

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.

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.