Rules

This contest is now closed and currently not accepting submissions.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to the 2014 CREATE Songwriter Competition presented by CCM Magazine and TodaysChristianMusic.com! Check out these awesome links related to THIS contest:
> Online Showcase: FREE song downloads from contestants!
> Posted entries: Streaming audio from contest entries!
> See who our amazing contest judges were! Seriously, you need to check this page out!
> "The results are in!" Official contest announcement on CCMMagazine.com

Thanks,
CreateSongwriter.com Staff

 

SONGWRITING CONTEST 2014 - OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

THE CCM/TCM SONGWRITER CONTEST (“CONTEST”) IS OPEN TO ANY INDIVIDUAL THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OR OLDER (ENTRANTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE WILL NEED WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN), WHO REGISTERS BY COMPLETING AN OFFICIAL ONLINE ENTRY FORM AT CCMMAGAZINE.COM OR TODAYSCHRISTIANMUSIC.COM AND ALONG WITH SUBMITTING THE ENTRY FEE. THE EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST AND THE REGULAR ENTRY DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 17, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST.

 

THE EARLY ENTRY FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS (Sep. 15 – Oct. 15, 2014):
Online submissions/payments:
- 34.98 per online early entry
- 49.98 per online early entry + CRITIQUE
- 64.98 per online early entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 74.98 per online early entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 153.98 per online early entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

Mailed submissions/payments (all must be postmarked by Oct. 15, 2014):
- 39.98 mailed payment/early entry
- 54.98 mailed payment/early entry + CRITIQUE
- 69.98 per mailed payment/early entry entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED
- 79.98 per mailed payment/early entry entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED
- 158.98 per mailed payment/early entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

THE REGULAR ENTRY FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS (Oct. 16 – Dec. 17, 2014):
Online submission/payments:
- 49.98 per online entry
- 69.98 per online entry + CRITIQUE
- 89.98 per online entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 104.98 per online entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 194.98 per online entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

Mailed submissions/payments (all must be postmarked by Dec. 17, 2014):
- 54.98 mailed payment/entry
- 74.98 mailed payment/entry + CRITIQUE
- 94.98 per mailed payment/entry entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED
- 109.98 per mailed payment/entry entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED
- 199.98 per mailed payment/entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

INDIVIDUALS WHO PAY FOR POSTING AGREE TO HAVE THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS POSTED AS CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITES. INDIVIDUALS MAY ENTER AS MANY TIMES AS THEY WANT, AS LONG AS A SEPARATE ENTRY FORM AND A SEPARATE PAYMENT/CHECK IS USED FOR EACH SONG ENTERED. INDIVIDUALS OPTING TO SEND A PAYMENT AND ENTRY VIA MAIL MUST SEND THEIR SUBMISSIONS DIRECTLY TO:
Salem Publishing
ATTN: CCM/TCM Create Songwriter Competition
402 BNA Dr. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37217

THERE ARE NO SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS IN THE CONTEST JUDGING FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO OPT TO SUBMIT THEIR ENTRY WITH ADDITIONAL SERVICES (CRITIQUES, POSTINGS, COMPILATION ALBUM, ETC.). ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED SOLELY ON SUBMITTED LYRICS AND ACCOMPANYING AUDIO EQUALLY.

DELIVERABLES: CRITIQUES - INDIVIDUALS SELECTING THIS OPTION WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC CRITIQUE OF THEIR SUBMITTED ENTRY GIVEN BY ONE (1) OF THE OFFICIAL CONTEST JUDGES. ALL CRITIQUES WILL BE DELIVERED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST. ACCOMPANYING MP3 OR CD POSTING – INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE THIS OPTION TO HAVE THEIR ACCOMPANYING AUDIO FEATURED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM. ONLINE ENTRIES REQUIRE A DIGITAL AUDIO FILE TO BE UPLOADED AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION OR INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE TO SEND THE AUDIO FILE IN A PHYSICAL/MAILED ENTRY. ACCOMPANYING AUDIO MUST MATCH THE LYRICAL CONTENT (BE THE SAME SONG) AS THE ENTRANT’S OFFICIAL CONTEST SUBMISSION. ALL AUDIO POSTINGS WILL BE POSTED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST.  ACCOMPANYING VIDEO OR DVD POSTING – INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE THIS OPTION TO HAVE THEIR ACCOMPANYING AUDIO FEATURED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM. ONLINE ENTRIES REQUIRE THE ENTRANT TO SUBMIT A LINK TO A VALID VIDEO THAT IS REFERENCABLE (YOUTUBE, VIMEO, ETC.) FOR EMBEDDING AND/OR DOWNLOADING OR INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE TO SEND A DVD IN A PHYSICAL/MAILED ENTRY. PLEASE CHECK YOUR MEDIA BEFORE SUBMITTING, PROMOTERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR VIDEOS THAT ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE ONLINE (DIGITAL ENTRY) AND/OR DVD’S THAT ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE INTO DIGITAL FORMAT FOR ONLINE POSTING (MAILED ENTRY). ACCOMPANYING VIDEO MUST BE A PERFORMANCE OF THE SAME LYRICAL CONTENT (BE THE SAME SONG) AS THE ENTRANT’S OFFICIAL CONTEST SUBMISSION. ALL VIDEO POSTINGS WILL BE POSTED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST. ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE – INDIVIDUALS CHOOSING THIS OPTION WILL HAVE THEIR SUBMISSION FEATURED AS A FREE THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION AT CREATESONGWRITER.COM TO BE POSTED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST; PACKAGE INCLUDES FOUR DEDICATED EMAIL BLASTS TO PROMOTER’S DATABASE OF CONTACTS ALL TO BE CONDUCTED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR TO DATE OF DIGITAL VERSION BECOMING AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION. BY ENTERING CONTEST AND CHOOSING THIS ENTRY OPTION, CONTESTANT AGREES TO ALLOW THEIR ORIGINAL SONG TO BE DOWNLOADED FROM CREATEWONGWRITER.COM FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION FOR THE PERIOD OF ONE (1) YEAR TO DATE OF POSTING. BY CHOOSING THIS OPTION, INDIVIDUALS WAIVE THE EARNING OF ANY ROYALTIES SPECIFIC TO THE RECORDING SUBMITTED FOR CONTEST ENTRY FOR THE DURATION OF ITS AVAILABILITY ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM.



ELIGIBILITY: EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS OF SALEM PUBLISHING, INC., d/b/a THE SINGING NEWS AND REACH SATELLITE NETWORK, INC., d/b/a SOLID GOSPEL NETWORK (“SOLID GOSPEL”) (COLLECTIVELY “PROMOTERS”); HOPPERS BROS., INC., AND PINE RIVER PUBLISHING (“PINEY RIVER”) AND MEDIA CONSULTING MANAGEMENT, LLC (“MCM”), (COLLECTIVELY “FEATURED ARTISTS”), THEIR PARENT COMPANY, THEIR PARENTS’ AFFILIATED COMPANIES, AND THEIR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST.



PRIZES: THERE WILL BE ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER. THE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED FROM AMONG ALL ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES SELECTED BY PROMOTERS. ENTRIES RECEIVED AND/OR POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST WILL RECEIVE A DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE RATE, AS DETAILED ON THE CONTEST ENTRY FORM. ENTRIES RECEIVED AND/OR POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 17, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST, WILL BE ACCEPTED. ENTRANTS NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN. THE WINNERS WILL OFFICIALLY BE ANNOUNCED ON TODAYSCHRISTIANMUSIC.COM AND OTHER SALEM DIGITAL AND ON-AIR PROPERTIES BY DECEMBER 23, 2014 AT 4:00 PM CST AND NOTIFIED BY E-MAIL OR TELEPHONE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 19, 2014 AT 2:00 PM CST. THE WINNER MUST COMPLETE AN AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY AND LIABILITY AND, WHERE LAWFUL, A PUBLICITY RELEASE. IF PROMOTERS DO NOT RECEIVE THE AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE WITHIN TWO (2) WEEKS OF NOTIFICATION, THE PRIZE MAY BE FORFEITED AND AN ALTERNATE WINNER MAY BE SELECTED. EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, BY SIGNING THE AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE, THE WINNER GRANTS PERMISSION TO THE USE OF HIS/HER/ITS NAME, LIKENESS, PICTURE, PORTRAIT, HOMETOWN, SERVICE MARK, VOICE, BIOGRAPHICAL/OTHER INFORMATION, AND STATEMENTS FOR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES FOR THIS AND OTHER PROMOTIONS BY SINGING NEWS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. PROMOTERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, LATE, DAMAGED OR MISHANDLED ENTRIES.

GRAND PRIZES
THERE IS ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER TO RECEIVE:
- THEIR WINNING ENTRY TO BE RECORDED BY MARK SCHULTZ ("FEATURED ARTIST"). WINNING ENTRY MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND/OR RE-WRITE. IN THIS CASE, THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND FEATURED ARTIST WILL COLLABORATE ON A RE-WRITE TO BE RECORDED. WINNING ENTRY OR RE-WRITE TO BE RECORDED BY FEATURED ARTIST AND AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION WITHIN TWO (2) YEARS TO THE DATE OF CONTEST'S END.
- UP TO THREE (3) MENTORING SESSIONS WITH JAIME JAMGOCHIAN ("FEATURED ARTIST-2") TO INCLUDE: GRAND PRIZE WINNER MAY SUBMIT UP TO FIVE (5) SONGS FOR FEATURED ARTIST-2 TO REVIEW UPON INITIAL CONSULTATION SESSION (SESSION 1); FEATURED ARTIST-2 WILL THEN REVIEW MATERIAL AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK AND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS TO GRAND PRIZE WINNER (SESSION 2); FEATURED ARTIST-3 WILL THEN REVIEW SUBMITTED ASSIGNMENTS AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO GRAND PRIZE WINNER ON PROGRESS (SESSION 3). ALL SESSIONS TO BE CONDUCTED VIA ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION AND MEETING TIMES ARE UP TO THE DISCRETION OF FEATURED ARTIST-2.  
 

NO TRANSFER, SUBSTITUTION, OR CASH EQUIVALENT WILL BE GIVEN FOR THE GRAND PRIZE, PROVIDED HOWEVER, PROMOTERS MAY, AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION, SUBSTITUTE A PRIZE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. PROMOTERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, LATE, DAMAGED OR MISHANDLED ENTRIES.

BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO ABIDE BY AND BE BOUND BY ALL OF THESE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND THE DECISIONS OF GENERAL MANAGER of the PROMOTERS (“CONTEST JUDGE”). ALL DECISIONS REGARDING THE CONTEST INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SELECTING THE WINNER, WILL BE MADE BY THE “CONTEST JUDGE”, WHOSE DECISIONS SHALL BE FINAL. THE CONTEST JUDGE MAY PROHIBIT AN ENTRANT FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, IN HIS/HER SOLE DISCRETION, IF, IN THE OPINION OF THE CONTEST JUDGE, THE ENTRANT FAILS TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES, OR OTHERWISE ACTS (I) IN A NON-PROFESSIONAL OR INAPPROPRIATE MANNER, (II) WITH AN INTENT TO ANNOY, ABUSE, THREATEN, OR HARASS ANY OHER ENTRANT, JUDGE, OR PROMOTERS, OR (III) IN ANY OTHER DISRUPTIVE MANNER. THE WINNER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.

 

TO FIND OUT THE WINNERS OF THE CONTEST, LOOK FOR THE WINNER’S NAME POSTED AT www.TODAYSCHRISTIANMUSIC.COM ONCE THE NAME HAS BECOME AVAILABLE UPON THE CONCLUSION OF THE CONTEST.