2) SUBMISSION POLICY
3) COST TO ENTER (DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL FRIDAY, FEB 24)
4) HOW TO SUBMIT TO THE 2023 LEAF FESTIVAL SINGER-SONGWRITER COMPETITION, PRESENTED BY NEWSONG MUSIC
NewSong Music Contest
14 O’Henry Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
5) FINALIST AND WINNER SELECTION
A total of eight (8) finalists will be selected to perform in the live performance finals at the LEAF Festival, held in beautiful Black Mountain, NC on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The finalists will be selected from their advance audio submissions by a panel of music industry judges. There, each finalist will perform two original songs in the first round.
Judges will select three of the eight finalists to return to perform two additional, original songs. Judges will then select an overall winner.
6) NOTIFICATIONS & WAIVERS
– Selected finalists will be notified by email and each winner must provide the following items to be eligible to compete in the LEAF Fesitval finals:
(i) an affidavit confirming
(a) that the winner meets the contest eligibility requirements,
(b) that his or her composition is original and unpublished, and
(c) that he or she owns the copyright in the composition;
(ii) a performance license and mechanical and synchronization licenses for audio and video recording rights; and
(iii) a publicity release (collectively, the “Affidavit”), all within 14 days of the notification date. The failure to sign and return the Affidavit within Fourteen (14) Days or the submission of false or inaccurate information will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected for the applicable regional or general round.
Affidavits for winners under 18 years of age at the time of submission must be countersigned by a parent or legal guardian. All Affidavits are subject to verification by and NewSong Music and its agents. Each contestant’s submission constitutes his or her permission to use his or her name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional consideration.
NewSong Music retains the exclusive right to use in perpetuity any media inclusive of ancillary rights created in conjunction with our Singer-Songwriter Competition, including but not limited to; live recordings, video, webisodes, and photographs. Participants grant NewSong Music the use of this archival material in perpetuity.
This contest is void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws, regulations, rules, and ordinances apply.
10) EXPLANATION OF RIGHTS
We are now accepting original song entries to the 2023 LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition, presented by NewSong Music.
The discounted ‘Early Bird’ deadline to enter is Friday, February 24 , 2023 at 11:59 PM PST (at which point submission prices increase).
The final deadline to submit to the 2023 program is Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST.
This year’s eight finalists are schedule to be announced on Facebook, Instagram, our website blog and newsletter on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
The date of the 9th annual LEAF Festival live performance showcase and competition finals will be held at the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
Our full suite of prizes will be announced soon, and will include a fully funded, six song EP, recorded at Citizen Studios in Asheville, NC and released on the NewSong Recordings label.
We’ve successfully received your song submission(s).
This year’s competition finals will take place at in Asheville, NC in late fall, 2022. We’ll be sharing more detail shortly.
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