"The only requirement to get the free SongU.com trial and free software, which are worth $120, is to enter one song," says SongDoor president Tony Zotta. "Our entry fee is $10, the same as it was in 2006. It's our mission to support the creative efforts of songwriters who need a foot in the door. Our efforts give them a place to showcase videos of their original songs, and use us to tweet announcements about CD releases, appearances and so on. We're happy to do it, and there is never any kind of charge for the PR we do for our songwriters."
SongDoor 2012 is presented in association with SongU.com, 16 Ton Studios, Hard Twist Music-BMI, MasterWriter, Herringbone Studio, Broadjam and Songsinc. The total prize purse is valued at more than $40,000. Entrants are eligible to win the Grand Award, valued at approximately USD $7,950 in music merchandise and services, including a single-song publishing contract with Hard Twist Music-BMI (owned by mega-hit songwriter Bill Shore), a full-band private session demo at 16 Ton Studios, Music Row's favorite recording facility, a one-year full-access membership to SongU.com, MasterWriter songwriting software, a Primo MoB membership to Broadjam, a #1 membership for Songsinc and an autographed copy of Robin Frederick's best-selling songwriting book. Six Category Winners each receive a valuable package of awards valued at almost $5.500 including a first-rate guitar/vocal or keyboard/vocal demo produced by Tim Shean of Herringbone Studio and memberships to SongU.com, Songsinc and Broadjam.
The SongDoor International Songwriting Competition is an annual event, open to amateur and professional songwriters worldwide. Entries are accepted online or by mail from April 15 through November 15. The entry fee is $10. An unlimited number of songs may be entered in any of six categories: Christian, Country, Pop, Rock/Alt, Soft Rock and Instrumental. Judges include seasoned music industry producers, artists and engineers who have worked with such artists as Britney Spears, Neil Young, Keith Urban, Cheap Trick, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Buffett, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and a host of others. Judges: Joe Beck, Bill Shore, Jason Blume, Nancy Moran, Dennis Winters and Steve Avedis. For SongDoor rules, FAQs and entry form, please visit the website: http://www.songdoor.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.