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FAQs about the UK Song Writing competition

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SONG WRITING COMPETITION

How do I sign up to the song writing competition?
To enter the song writing competition all you have to do is fill out a simple online application form. Click here to enter the song wiring competition. To enter, fill out your details, contact details and state the nearest performance date to where you live.

Is there a fee to enter?
Yes, entering the competition costs just £10 per song, and this covers administration and review costs.

Can I enter more than one song?
Yes, you can enter as many songs as you’d like, just complete an additional entry for each song.

Why is there a charge for entering?
The fee covers costs such as administration, venue hire, traveling costs, staff to run the performance events and of course prizes. Running a National competition this large costs a considerable amount of money and the competition wouldn’t be able to run without this small charge.

How long should I allow on the day for the performance infront of the judging panel?
Once you receive your performance date infront of the judging panel we advise that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive. Once you have arrived at the venue, you should ideally aim to register in with the Future Music team 30 minutes before your allocated time slot. In most cases you will perform in your allocated time slot, but if it is extremely busy this may over-run. The judges’ decision is given on the day of your performance, generally within 30 minutes of your song being performed. The whole process should take no more than 2 hours.

Where can I enter the song writing competition from?
Registrations for the song writing competition are accepted from all over the UK.

Is there an age limit?
No there is no age limit, if you are writing songs you are old enough. However if you are under 16 years old you must inform your parent or guardian that you are entering the competition.

What kinds of music can enter the song writing competition?
We are open to all genres! There will also be song writing awards for categories of genres including; Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Urban, Christian, Gospel, Latin, Electronic and Folk.

Is there a deadline for entries for the song writing competition?
With thousands anticipated to enter we advise you enter the competition as early as possible. Dates in front of the judge panel begin in January so we strongly advise you enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What’s the song writing competition format?
After you complete your registration form for the song writing competition you will be sent an email confirming your details along with a date at a venue nearest to you to perform your song to the judging panel, so please ensure this is firmly in your diaries! Those performing the track whether yourself or another singer can use a backing track, perform a capella or with up to two backing instruments (not supplied), whether played by yourself or backing musicians.

What is expected of you if you enter the song writing competition?
The competition provides a platform to help song writers get professional feedback and get noticed. You are expected to make the most of this by working hard with: rehearsing, practicing, galvanising fans and friends to support you and taking onboard feedback where applicable. If you are a song writer that just wants to turn up and see what happens, then it is unlikely you will do well in this competition. We are looking for serious song writers with talent and a strong work ethic, both of which are essential for being successful.

How long should my performance to the judge panel be?
Prepare an edit of your song up to 2 minutes per song in length and no longer. Remember it’s all about first impressions, so ensure you put the best of your song in the intro for maximum impact and get the chorus in early! The performance to the judging panel are closed to the public and will be in front of a professional judging panel. If you are stopped during your performance this simply means the judges have seen enough of the performance and song to make a decision.

Who judges the song writing competition?
Our judging panels are made up of industry experts, so you will be showcasing your song to the music industry, which includes music and entertainment industry judges including A&R from the three major record labels, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses. Click here to view our music industry song writing competition judges.

Which venues are used for the performance events?
We use the best venues in the UK including venues like The NEC in Birmingham and Sheffield City Hall. Click here to see our song writing competition venues.

What happens if I am successful infront of the judging panel?
If you are successful infront of the judging panel you will go on to perform at the a Regional Final showcase. The Regional Final showcase will be in the best venue in your region and you will be performing in front of a packed out audience and an industry judging panel for a place in the National Grand Final.

How many acts get through with the judges?
This amount varies as each event with the judging panel has differing number of acts attending. Judges will select the best songs to go through to the Regional Final showcase on the day. The genenal rule is – if the song is good enough to make it, you’ll go through, we will NEVER turn away talent.

I have applied to enter but haven’t heard back?
Please check your junk folder and spam emails before contacting us. If you are still unable to find your confirmation please contact us here.

Illness or unforeseen circumstances.
In the event you are ill or unable to make your performance date infront of the judges, we will try and accomodate you at one of the remaining events taking place. Please advise us about this as soon as possible by emailing: contactus@songwritingcompetitionuk.com. We will then try to place you in your nearest live show.

IF SUCCESSFUL WITH THE JUDGING PANEL – THE LIVE SHOWS

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How many rounds are there to the song writing competition?
After being successful with the judges you will be asked to play at the Regional Final showcase. If successful there you will progress to the National Grand Final and compete for the chance to be the overall competition winner.

Do I have to sell tickets?
All acts that make it successfully past the judging panel will be given 25 tickets to sell for their live Regional Final showcase. The competition has been designed to help acts progress and help provide a platform for acts to gain as much exposure as possible, which means that they are expected to demonstrate a fan base. Contestants are asked to try their best to sell tickets, and prizes will be awarded to help motivate them, including recording studio time. Click here to view song writing competition prize list.

How much are tickets to the live shows?
Tickets to Regional Final showcases are £8 each. The show will last approximately 90-120 minutes and will also include a special guest performance, plus all the best songs performed from your area. Alongside this you will be showcasing your music to music industry song writing competition judges, which includes A&R from the three major record labels, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses. Click here to view our music industry singing competition judges.

Is there an age restriction on fans coming to watch my show?
There are no audience age restrictions. Under 18’s may need to be accompanied by an adult. Children under three are free of charge and may share a seat with an adult, proof of age will be required. We would like to advise that the shows are not a suitable environment for any persons under three. All venues are seated and have disabled access. Where seating is limited it is on a first come first served basis.

How does the voting system work?
In order to progress from the Regional Final showcase both the audience and judges vote on which act’s songs advance to the National Grand Final. The judges top scorers will progress alongside the acts with the highest audience votes, provided that they are in the top half of the judges scores.

How do the audience vote?
Every audience member will have the chance to vote for 2 songs which they think should go through to National Grand Final. The audience will be able to cast these votes using their tickets. At the end of the show our team members will collect all the audience votes to count them against the judges scores.

Is there text voting?
There is no text voting at the Regional Finals showcase. The only time text voting comes into play is for the Wildcard (which is optional) and the National Grand Final, where it is simply not practical to collect and count votes in any other way.

What is the Wildcard?
If you are unsuccessful at the Regional Final showcase, there is still an opportunity to progress in the competition, as you will be thrown the wildcard option in the form of a public vote. Each act and their song is given an individual wildcard number and fans can vote for their favourite song and song writer via a text vote. The song writer with the most votes after the voting period has ended will progress through to the National Grand Final.

What prizes are in store?
There will be thousands of pounds worth of song writing competition prizes up for grabs along the way including recording studio time. The overall winning prize to the winning songwriter is to have their song professionally recorded with one of the UK’s top producers. A video of the winning song will also be professionally filmed.

If your question is not answered above, please feel free to contact us here.

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