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Madman Mike's list of Music Contests for songwriting competitions to music talent searches, recorded songs to performing musicians bands singers. These are national and international contests, annual and special one-times, continually updated.

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Music Contests Competitions 2019

John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Maxell Song of the Year – two sessions each year. Annual international contest with over $275,000 in cash and prizes, open to amateur and professional songwriters. Each Session has 12 Grand Prize Winners and 36 Finalists.

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) – annual song contest, entries usually accepted starting by March. Over $150,000 in cash and prizes shared by 68 winners. All genres accepted, amateur and professional songwriters and musicians can participate.   facebook

Paramount Song Contests – multiple contests every year, over $125,000 cash & prizes awarded, The Nashville Songwriting Connection for songwriters all over the world.

Song of the Year - Song & Lyric Competition – annual, over $80,000 of cash and prizes, plus have their material sent to record labels, publishers, management companies, promoters and other music industry insiders. Judges are from various independent labels, the major labels and publishers, Grammy winners and nominees, Clear Channel radio stations and others in the music industry.

Country ShowdownAmerica's Largest County Music Talent Search. annual competition, winner receives a prize package totaling over $100,000.   facebook

Indie International Songwriting Contest – annual songwriting competition, over $77,000 in prizes awarded.

Unsigned Only Music Competition – annual competition for those not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates. “Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $20,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives.” Judges include many big names in the music biz.

DFW Icon Vocal Competition – annual, in Texas, for ages 7 to 30 years old, register online. Part of Main Street Fest in May, winner packages exceed $20,000 in prizes.   facebook

International Blues Challenge (IBC) – annual in Memphis, TN, during late January or early February. International search for the blues band and musician ready to perform on a national stage. It's the largest gathering of blues bands in the world.

World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest – annual on Memorial Day weekend in Oxford, Mississippi. Youth and adults compete in ragtime and jazz for cash and trophies.

Great American Song Contest – annual, “opportunities to win songwriting awards and $10,000 in prizes. ALL submissions receive a written evaluation from contest judges.”

VSA International Young Soloists Competition – Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument, all genres of music are accepted. Applications are typically due in February.

Recording Festival Competition – annual, “3 winning artists will be flown out to Ireland for a 14 day recording session.”

VocalMatch – annual contest for singers and songwriters. Winners in both categories, cash prizes.

Mountain Soul Vocal Competition – annual in May, honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton. Winning competitors will take home cash and prizes. Competition is part of Sevierville's Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass.

NSAI Song Contest – annual Nashville Songwriters Association International song contest presented CMT. Grand Prize is $5,000 cash and industry access.

American Accordionists' Association Award Competition – annual, part of the AAA Festival in Princeton, New Jersey.

American Songwriting Awards – international songwriting competition with prizes, open to unknowns and working artists, America's Songwriting

The Next Holiday Classic – annual, “the premier online song contest for original holiday and seasonal songs”. Entry Deadline is August 1st.

Mid-Atlantic Song Contest – annual Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) contest in various categories and has prizes.   facebook

Music Pipeline International Songwriting Competition – annual, emphasis on placement in film, television, and video games.

Push Power Hits – ongoing music compilation contest open to original music submissions of all genres. Submit your music for a chance to be featured along with 9 other songs on upcoming Push Power Hits Volumes. Vol 8 contest open to December 10, 2017.

OurStage – ongoing monthly music and videos contest in various genres, chance to win prizes.

America's Best DJ – annual poll and summer tour presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times. vote for your favorite DJ.

TV Shows Music Competitions

The Voice (USA) – annual singing competition show on NBC TV.

American Idol TV Show – singing competition show on ABC TV.

Beat Shazam– music game show on FOX TV premiered in 2017. Teams of two try to be the fastest to indentify the big hits.

America's Got Talent (USA) – annual Talent Search show on NBC TV.

Eurovision Song Contest – annual Eurovision TV song contest.

The X Factor USA – ended, former singing competition TV Show, might return. Original UK version still airing.

Just for The Fun of It – Music Contests Competitions

Guitar War – “on-line guitar competition, members compete in friendly 'cuttings heads' style competitions to showcase their talents or get critical feedback. Competitions are available for guitarists, bassists, piano/synth players, singers, and composers.”

Cover vs. Original – public online voting decides which is better, the original version or various cover versions and remakes.

Find More Music Contests

International Classical Music Competitions listed by MusicaNeo – all disciplines.

Music Contests and Events listed by Sonoma Wire Works

Music Contests listed in YouTube

Music Awards

Grammy Awards – recording industry's most prestigious award, over 100 categories. Awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions.

American Music Awards – annual.

iHeartRadio Music Awards – annual.

Blues Music Awards – annual.

ACM Awards - Academy of Country Music Awards – annual. radio awards, industry awards, studio recording awards, special awards.

CMA Awards - Country Music – annual.  CMT CMA Awards info

MTV VMA – MTV's annual video music awards.

DJ Awards - Electronic Music – annual international electronic dance music DJ awards ceremony in Ibiza.

Native American Music Awards (NAMA) – annual awards show dedicated to music by Native North Americans and American Indians.

Bonus Info

SXSW (South by Southwest Conference & Festivals) – celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Held annually in March in Austin, Texas. Over 2,000 Showcasing Artists at over 100 venues & stages.

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