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Richard Scotti

6/7/2012 4:18:13 AM

More opportunities for Y'all
Your songs sent to Record Labels and Publishers

The top 50 songs from the Song of the Year song and lyric writing contest will be sent to major and minor record labels, music publishers, managers, booking agents and more (including Warner Music, EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music). Song of the Year has many music resources who are always excited to review the top songwriters in the contest for further consideration. Enter your songs or lyrics today at http://www.songoftheyear.net.

Songwriters receive over $80,000 cash and prizes

The Song of the Year song & lyric contest will award over $80,000 cash and prizes to the top writers in the contest. The deadline to enter the songwriting contest is June 12th, 2012. International entries are accepted. Submit your best songs today at http://www.songoftheyear.net.

Ten Songwriting Categories

The songwriting contest offers ten categories so that everyone has a category that best fits their songwriting style. The ten categories are: Pop, Country, Rock, Lyric Only, Instrumental, Hip-Hop, Christian, Adult Contemporary, Folk and Dance

Only the actual "songwriting" of the songs are reviewed and judged. Production quality is not taken into consideration. Home recordings are accepted. More information at http://www.songoftheyear.net.

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6/7/2012 7:39:17 AM

$30 per entry. Good scam.

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Richard Scotti

6/7/2012 8:16:11 AM ---- Updated 6/7/2012 7:41:10 PM

Some people can afford to take risks. You can't win it if you're not in it. If one doesn't think their songs are good enough one shouldn't spend the money. Technically speaking, everything in life is a scam. Politics is a scam, cable TV is scam, Facebook is a scam. The Tax system is a scam, prescription drugs are a scam and the beat goes on. But unfortunately we use these scams and sometimes get something good in return. I despise my cable company but they have a monopoly in my neighborhood, so I'm stuck with them because i want to watch TV sometimes. A contest tries to make money just like any business including IAC and having been a winner in the Song Of The Year Contest, I can say from experience that they are very reputable and kept their promises. A true scam takes the money and runs. If one's songs are not good enough to take the risk, no one is forcing anyone to enter. If one can not afford to risk $30 then one shouldn't do it. Of course, your songs are good enough, Dan because you're awesome ;-)

PS ~ It's sponsored by VH-1 which gives money to high schools for music programs.

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6/8/2012 8:10:01 AM

Yes, everything you mentioned is a dirty rotten capitalist plot!

Benefits largely incidental. :)

The vast majority of "song contests" are pretty useless, even to the winners (who seem almost random to me (not you, Richard :) and not talking the IAC contest ). Just sayin. Far be it from me, though, to discourage entry in them. I throw money away on all kinds of useless things, too, so like, I'm really one to speak.

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6/8/2012 12:19:02 PM

Well, lets see Dan. I have won the Great American Songwriting contest 3 times for a total of about $7000.00 worth of goods, services and cash. Then, I have 8 wins in the Unisong international songwriting contest for about $11,000.00 in cash and prizes. In addition to this I have won in the Song Of The Year Contest 4 times, Billboard Songwriting Contest 4 times, Dallas Songwriters Contest 1 time, Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest 1 time and West Coast Songwriters Contest 1 time. All for several thousands of dollars more in cash, services and gear.

Plus, the first 4 commercial songs that I ever had signed were signed by a judge in one of the above mentioned contest. Additionally since then I have had personal consultations with several top industry entities which got one of my students signed to a recording contract. I personally have had two CD's signed and published by publishers who judged my songs in contests.

Yep, sounds very useless huh? Yes, it is true that entering contests is like playing the lottery. You never know what people are going to think about your songs. I have been very fortunate to have won several contests. This not to say that my music is better than anyone else. But it does feel good to compete and win against thousands of songwriters from all over the world.

We all know that the music industry is a very tough business to break and I advise all my students to diversify their strategy by doing a variety of things to make it. Songwriting contests are one of the things I encourage because even if you don't win, you often get valuable feedback on what you need to do to improve and you have the opportunity to begin lasting relationships with music industry elites. It's a gamble but like Richard said, you can't win it if you ain't in it.

Over the years I have spent lots of money entering contests. But the return has been immeasurably superior to my initial investment. I now have personal contacts in countries all over the world. You know? people who actually answer my emails and give detailed reviews of the songs I pitch. I can trace all of it to my involvement in international songwriting contests. I certainly do not consider my involvement in songwriting contests "useless".

Sure, there are a lot of scams out there. I do understand your jaded attitude in regards to this. Someone recently posted about a website where they have gained hundreds of fans in a short amount of time. I know for a fact that that website has scam tendencies. I proved it several years ago. But I am hopeful that maybe they have cleaned up their act now. Scams are everywhere in all facets of life. But I will never allow that to stop my pursuit of musical happiness and success. I'm an old guy and I learned a long time ago that in the midst of all the bad, there is always some good. Finding it is quite an adventure! I love a good adventure! If I get scammed I just shake it off and then go one to the next thing.

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6/12/2012 7:59:54 AM

Yeah, I buy Powerball tickets religiously. :)

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Richard Scotti

6/12/2012 11:42:27 AM

Good luck with the lottery, Dan. I do agree with you about the capitalist plot!!!

Apple TV plans to come out with it's own cable TV service where you only pay for the channels you want. Democracy in action!

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Social Spit

7/8/2012 12:03:17 PM

If apple TV does that, I may do it. I only watch TCM and Fox, and Fox only cos Fringe is on Fox. So after Fringe's last episode of Season 5, I can just delete that service, cos I can live with only TCM.

Riught now, I have to pay 135 bucks a month just to HAVE TCM, so if I could get a betetr TV service that had ONLY the Channels I wanted, I'd drop my CoXuCK Digital Cable and go with it.

(Then, I could maybe afford 30 bucks for an entery to this contest- But the last time there was a contest here, there were no qualified Judges for the Punk Genre, and the winners they picked in the Genre were not anywhere close to the right Genre. A qualkified Judge needs to be well versed in whatever genre they are representing. But if this is just a songwriter's competition, then you need someone who has made sales to the industry as well as being schooled in song construction)

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The Dorroughbys

7/8/2012 6:06:18 PM

Hey, that's an impressive list of wins Stoneman. Still, I'm not surprised, having listened to your catalogue recently. I can only suggest to any new or existing IAC members to pop over to Stoneman's page and check it out

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Shoe City Sound

7/8/2012 7:13:09 PM

Agreed! Stoneman is prolific - there are tunes from every genre on his page - you can see why he's recognized for songwriting.

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7/8/2012 8:37:36 PM

awww shucks y'all are so kind. It means so much coming from great artists like you.

Much Respect,

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Jesse Adams

7/11/2012 3:47:49 PM

I'm with Dan. I'm not sure I'd go as far as labeling these types of things as "scams", but the idea of "competing" musically seems silly to me now. Music is not a sport. It's subjective. How they hell can you truly compete in something like that? It all boils down to opinions. I'll spend that 30 bucks on some new head phones. However, if it was free I'd totally enter. Nothing to lose!

I'm not knocking the op Rich, just giving my two cents. I think it's nice for you to give a heads up on these types of things.

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Jesse Adams

7/11/2012 3:54:12 PM

Besides that, the contests are always so commercial driven. For those of us not trying to sound mainstream and just doing our own thing, that does not bode well for us.

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Shoe City Sound

7/11/2012 5:07:03 PM

Have to agree with that last point Jesse - it's torture for me to try and figure out what genre Shoe City Sound is ... contests, radio station submits, etc etc It's not that I'm trying or not trying to sound one way or another, it just so happens, I guess haha

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Jesse Adams

7/12/2012 12:18:11 PM

Agreed. That is my least favorite part of putting myself online. Labels. Not to mention the uber-dreaded, "What famous artists do you sound like?"


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