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Enrollment deadline for the 27th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is fast approaching. Songwriters and Composers vie for a chance to win a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as music gear. Winning songs will be receiving radio airplay. Songwriters can enter in 15 different song categories such as: Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc.


USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by: Fender Guitars, Audio-Technica, PreSonus, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Recording magazine, Hal Leonard, Jamstack, Nembrini Audio, Sound Theory, FL Studio, Discmakers, School of Rock, Singer Express, Songcraft, OekSound, Berklee College of Music, etc.


Los Angeles songwriter Scott Oatley (aka Vân Scott) (Pictured above) won the Overall Grand Prize as well as the first prize of the Gospel/Inspirational category of the 26th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with his song “What’s Coming Next?” He co-wrote the winning song with songwriters Jorge Mhondera and Jay Speight.

“I’m so glad to be awarded the Grand Prize in this year’s competition. I was an Honorable Mention winner 2 years ago, I see this as a huge improvement and testament to perseverance and dedication to my craft. It really means a lot to me to be validated and recognized in this way. It’s a happy byproduct of all the hard work that has brought me to this point”, said Scott Oatley.

Alt-pop singer-songwriter Scott Oatley aka Vân Scott has had the quiet success many only dream of. A sought-after singer in the Hollywood session scene, he’s had the opportunity to do vocal work for influential music producers such as Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Mike Elizondo, renowned film composers like Danny Elfman and Michael Giacchino, sung on blockbuster scores like La La Land and Jurassic World, been featured on ABC’s Black-ish, and performed as a background vocalist for The Voice, to name just a few of his credits.


USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television, and winning Grammy Awards.

USA Songwriting Competition first prize winner (2013 Competition) and finalist (2020 Competition) Joanie Leeds of New York, NY won a Grammy Award last year for Best Children’s Album.

Andrew Jannakos, Top Winner of 25th Annual USA Songwriting Competition (2020), was signed to Sony Music Nashville/RCA Nashville, hit #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
2018 Top Winner David Wilcox received radio airplay for his winning song “We Make the Away by Walking”.2013 winner American Authors were signed to Island Records, and hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went Triple Platinum, selling over 3 million copies. The top two winners of 2011: Nenna Yvonne and Alexander Cardinale were signed to Interscope Records after their win. The 2007 winner Ari Gold hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records; she went on to hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and was signed to a record label.

The deadline to enter is May 27th. For more information, visit: https://www.songwriting.net

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