The Shure Songwriting Award 2013 has been launched in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Here's their press release:
This acclaimed award, which has previously been judged by Amy McDonald, K.T. Tunstall, Paloma Faith and Everything Everything, aims to provide hard working, talented songwriters with the recognition that they deserve.
So if you are a songwriter looking to make a career out of your talent, why not take part in this year's award competition? First prize is a unique opportunity to attend, free of charge, the fantastic one-year Cert HE in Songwriting course at the Institute worth over £5,000! Studying at the Institute, you will be able to take part in regular live showcase events, professionally develop your talent and have direct access to leading industry professionals. The winner will also receive a performance microphone and a studio microphone from Shure worth £500 whilst the runner up will get a Shure SM58 microphone and a pair of Shure SRH440 studio headphones.
Last year's winner Mairead Furlong, who is currently taking full advantage of her award, said:"It was such a privilege to be awarded the Shure Songwriting Award last year. To be given the chance to develop my talent and skills on the songwriting degree course, as well as benefiting from the many opportunities that arise at the Institute to write, collaborate and perform has been such a fantastic opportunity. I am learning so much and having the best year of my life. I would highly recommend this course to anybody who aspires to be a songwriter or an artist performing their own material. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and those who selected me as the winner!"
This competition, and the course of study that the winners attend, has a fantastic reputation for developing successful songwriters and this year will be no different.
To enter, all you have to do is upload an original song to www.ShureSongwritingAward.com before 29th April 2013. You will then have four weeks to try and gain as many public votes as possible. Finally a combination of an expert panel of judges will select a top 8, the winner will then be selected by a top secret celebrity judge to be announced at a later date.
This could be your chance - it could be your song chosen this year! For further details on entry guidelines, terms and conditions or for further information visit the award website www.ShureSongwritingAward.com, or contact the Institute directly.
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