PRIZES IN 2017
The overall winner will travel to London at our expense from anywhere in the world (or choose the cash equivalent) to record in the studio with legendary British producer Stuart Epps. For a songwriter it really doesn't get much better than this! And everyone who enters a song gets something! Other prizes include personal mentoring and coaching with hit songwriter Mark Cawley, the Mozart Software Awards, GISC memberships, International Song Copyright registrations and much more AND everyone who enters gets UKSC guaranteed prizes (worth many times the entry fee) and receives a UKSC Certificate and is told the judges score for each song.
See Full Prize Details here.
UKSC judges include Platinum and Gold Album, Grammy, Emmy, CMA and BRIT Award winning professionals such as top British producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis), Multi Platinum songwriter Shelly Peiken, Britney Spears' musical director and BRIT Award winner Simon Ellis, producer and arranger Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey), Sting's producer and Double Grammy and Emmy winner Kipper Eldridge, CMA Award winning country star Lucie Diamond, number one hit songwriter Mark Cawley, Oscar nominated TV and Film Composer Jamie Serafi, and UKSC winner and Platinum Album artist Natalie Chua (signed by Simon Cowell after her UKSC win).
See Judges' details here.
ENTRANTS' SUCCESS STORIES
Many people enter songs to be part of a respected international songwriting event and to receive scores from the judges and certificates. Others are more serious about launching a career and many have had success. For example Neil Fitzgerald (photo) was signed to the world's biggest independent publishing company and his winning song has raised over £50,000 for charity from sales. Songwriter Leigh Haggerwood's entry was used as the theme song for a network TV show, has had over 40 million YouTube views and was playlisted in 140,000 stores worldwide, Belle Humble has written for major artists, film and TV and and has topped charts globally since winning the UKSC, the Olympic Theme Winner was released during the Games by Juno Award winning producer Mel Shaw, Natale Chua was signed by Simon Cowell, released a Platinum album and became a UKSC judge.
See more on the Success Stories page.
Winners, Finalists, Semi Finalists, Commended Entries...
There are 20 main Winners in this contest (one for each of the Song Categories) and also many Finalist, Semi Finalist and Commended Entry winners - see the Prizes Page for full details of the great prizes this year. Everyone who enters has their songs examined and rated by industry professionals and everyone also receives valuable song pitching opportunities and songwriting courses at SongU and a Broadjam membership (together worth US$100 - around £80). In addition every songwriter in the contest is given the judges score for each song and receives a UKSC Certificate for every song entered with details of the writer's achievement and position. This competition gives a genuine chance to all songwriters to be noticed and discovered by the music industry in London and to have their songs judged, rated and scored by industry professionals. No other contest works harder or provides so many opportunities to songwriters.
Many UKSC entrants have received royalty earning radio play an have been featured in the press, radio, and on prime time TV around the world. Many entrants have been published, signed to deals, produced, and have worked with top industry figures as a result of entering this contest - see the Success Stories page.
what people are saying...
"Beautifully run contest. I love this competition, communication just fantastic! Great work UKSC !!!! Many thanks for your brilliant competition!"
Katie Hardyman (Australia)
"It is the only contest I enter songs into because it is extremely well run and you know that all entries get a proper and professional listening."
BOB REID - www.bob-reid.co.uk
"Thanks for putting on a genuine competition - it means a lot to us musicians. This is surely one of the best, if not THE best, songwriting competition... thanks for being so transparent in your scoring and judging as well - it gives us great confidence that this is a fair competition. Massive thanks. Christopher Shenton Brown and Raptusound.
"I was delighted to win the 2014 UK Songwriting Contest for the lyrics to 'Give Me Impossible Things'. It's a great opportunity for writers & musicians - and it has been really helpful for me - I can't recommend it enough!!"
Mick Evans (UK)
"The UKSC is the most professional and well run contest for new songwriters and the only songwriting competition we recommend.". Music Aid International
"The UKSC gave me the start and the motivation I needed and I really appreciate it. I am so happy to be here in London working in the best studios with top producers and such great musicians." - Younee (Korea)
"The UK Songwriting Contest is a great tool to open doors for your music. I won semi-finalist and contacted media via the web - the rewards are "pinch me is this happening?" Thanks UKSC!" - Colleen Clark (USA) Colleen was featured on FOX TV about her semi finalist position.
"Out of all the music contests, the nicest one is the UK Songwriting Contest. They are well organized and very friendly and because of their high level of organization you end up meeting lots of very talented people. The networking power of this contest is worth more than just being a winner, semi-finalist or runner-up." dZ (Daniella Salone) (Canada)
"The UK Songwriting Contest can change your musical life..."
says Czech Composer Tomas Kympl who has been a two times successful UKSC category winner - Open Category in 2015 and Instrumental Category in 2016.
"Publishing deal now signed with Leopard Music Publishers for my winning UKSC Pop category Track "What Would It Be Like". I am well chuffed! Thank you so much. I have much respect for the UKSC team. The best contest in the world!"- Mary Hall (UK)
"Probably the greatest songwriting contest in the world"
- Eamon Ireland (Eire)