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1) ELIGIBILITY

 

2) SUBMISSION POLICY

 

 

3) ‘EARLY BIRD’ DISCOUNTED COST TO ENTER (ENTRY FEES INCREASE AFTER SAT. MARCH 8). 

 

 

4) HOW TO SUBMIT TO THE 2024 NEWSONG MUSIC COMPETITION, PRESENTED BY CITIZEN VINYL

 

 

NewSong Music Competition
14 O’Henry Avenue
Suite 304
Asheville, NC  28801

 

 

5) FINALIST AND WINNER SELECTION

 

Finalists:

A total of eight (8) finalists will be selected from advance song submissions, by a panel of music industry judges, to perform in the live performance showcase and competition finals. There, each finalist will perform two original songs in the first round. 

 

Winner:

Judges will select three of the eight finalists to return to the second ‘Award Round,’ to perform one additional, original song. 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 NewSong Music Competition 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(b) that his or her composition is original and unpublished, and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.

 

 

7) RESTRICTIONS

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 23rd annual NewSong Performance & Songwriting Competition, presented by Citizen Vinyl.

 

The discounted ‘Early Bird’ deadline to enter this year is Sunday, June 30, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST (at which point submission prices increase).

 

The final deadline to submit to the 2024 program is Sunday, September 8, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST. 

 

This year’s eight finalists are scheduled to be announced on Facebook, Instagram, our website blog and newsletter on Friday, Oct. 4, 2024.

 

The date of the 23rd annual NewSong Music performance showcase and competition finals will be held at Citizen Vinyl on Saturday, November 16, 2024 in downtown Asheville, NC. 

 

 

 

The winner of the 2024 NewSong Music Competition will receive a fully funded six-song EP, recorded and mixed at Citizen Studios, plus 300 vinyl records pressed at Citizen Vinyl.

 

The 23rd Annual NewSong Music Competition, presented by Citizen Vinyl

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Thank you for submitting to the 23nd annual NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, presented by Citizen Vinyl.

We’ve successfully received your song submission(s).

This year’s competition finals will take place at in Asheville, NC in late fall, 2024. We’ll be sharing more details shortly.

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