Wednesday, October 28, 2009

USA Songwriting Competition

Deadline For Acoustic Music Awards, Winning Songs On Radio This Week

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***IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) DEADLINE APPROACHING

The 6th Annual IAMA's deadline is fast approaching; you have less than 2 weeks left to enter! IAMA promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion,, Tanager Music Software (Songframe),,, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show and XM Satellite Radio.

IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels and with or without CD releases. Past year's winners include The Refugees (USA), Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (USA), Larry Pattis (USA), Omega (Uganda), etc.

Win awards in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.  Winning songs will be heard on radio! Winners and runner-ups will be featured on our CD compilation. Also, we feature up to 10 different artists get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month, which provides a review, ratings, CD information and more. The sooner, you enter, the sooner you get featured!

Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, Music Production and originality. (Please note that IAMA is a different competition from USA Songwriting Competition).

 All entries must be entered by November 9 or earlier. Ways to enter:

 ** For the regular entry form, please go to:

 ** Or enter online, with Broadjam :

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*Ready In 10, Runner Up of 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), Group/Duo) has their song "One More Chance" on Acoustic Cafe radio show this week of 10/26/09  11/1/09.

*Larry Pattis, 1st Prize winner, Instrumental of 5th Annual IAMA had his song "Eleven Doors" aired on Acoustic Cafe radio show on the week of 10/19/2009 - 10/25/2009

*The Refugees, Overall Grand Prize winner of 5th Annual IAMA had their song "Unbound" aired on Acoustic Cafe on the Week of 10/12/09  10/18/09. It is available on 65 radio stations in North America as well as on it's site:

*Duane Andrews (USA Songwriting Competition Winner & IAMA Finalist) Wins Award at Atlantic Film Festival

*Rachael Sage (5th Annual IAMA Finalist and 1st Annual IAMA Runner-up) has her song "Too Many Women" appear on the new movie "Fame", starring Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker & Kelsey Grammer. "Fame" is a remake of the 1980 of the same name.

*Jen Foster (2nd Annual IAMA Top winner) launched "The Writer's Share" songwriter's series at the Bluebird Cafe with top name artists such as Richard Marx, Mike Reid, Chuck Cannon, and Lari White.

*Kate Voegele (2005 USA Songwriting Competition, 1st Prize Winner, Pop) appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Conan O'Brien performing her hit song "99 Times", a Billboard Adult Top 40 Hit, currently at #24.  She hit Top 10 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart on June 15, 2009. Her album "A Fine Mess" is released on Interscope/MySpace records. USA Songwriting Competition would like to congratulate Kate Voegele on her first Billboard Top 10 album!

*Quinn Loggins (2004 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Award Winner) wrote a song "Trial of Lies" with Lisa McCallum and Katie Armiger. It's been released to radio along with a music video on CMT and GAC where Katie is the artist of the month.

 ~Were you a past winner or finalist of the USA Songwriting Competition or IAMA and have some interesting news on yourself? If so, please e-mail us at:

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"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 6" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD sponsored by SUPERDUPS.COM. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation. This CD is now out and features winners such as Jordan Zevon, Nathan Brumley, Hanneke Cassel & more.

"New ACOUSTIC MUSIC Vol 5" - featuring winners and runner-ups of the 5th Annual IAMA is now out. Artists includes; The Refugees, Larry Pattis, Katy Kinard, Wendy Colonna, Kate Lush, Wayne Southards, Jeanette Williams Band, Victoria Vox, etc.

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~22nd International Folk Alliance Conference:  February 17 - 21, 2010 Memphis, TN

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KYHY Burbank Community Radio
3500 W. Olive Ave. 3rd Fl. Burbank, CA 91504
PH: 800-974-3747 x802
William Olive
We play & promote indie and unsigned artists of all genres.

500 E. Tyler Pkwy. Ste. A, Payson, AZ 85541
PH: 928-978-3795
Kit McGuire
I am well known for presenting unsigned/Indie artists to the masses. Since we are about to stream (target date is April 1st) this will give artists a major boost and worldwide exposure. I personally screen all the artist's demos, media kits, promo packs, track-by-track myself. I screen for great music from artists hard at work touring and fullfilling their dream. I venture to say that I turn down at least 87% of what I hear. My show is only 2 hours long weekdays here so I am searching for the best artists there are!

High Plains Morning - HPPR
101 W. 5th St. #100, Amarillo, TX 79101
PH: 806-367-9088
Johnny Black
Singer/Songwriters, Bluegrass, Contemporary Folk, World, Jazz and much more. Includes a performance studio.

WFUV (90.7 FM and
Feature established and emerging New York City-based indie rock and other styles.

Samm Brown's "For The Record", a weekly radio program on KPFK 90.7 FM, is seeking artists/bands for airplay and critique. Each Sunday, Brown hosts a program that focuses on the entertainment industry in general and the music business in particular. Send a package to Samm Brown's For The Record, KPFK Radio, 90.7 FM, 11054 Ventura Blvd. No. 237, Studio City, CA. 91604.

KFJC 89.7 FM
19144 Brookview Dr. Saratoga, CA 95070
PH: 831-325-9013
Meat Hooks
I have been a DJ at KFJC in Los Altos Hills, CA since 1999 and will get any CDs or vinyl you send me to our music director. Please send to me directly, or to the station ATTN: Meat Hooks.

Radio Rietveld
Frederik Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam, The Netherlands
PH: 003120-5711600 FX: 003120-5711654
Hans Kuiper/ Gijs Muller
We feature independent music, originally produced programs, soundscapes, radio plays, interviews and art specials. We are connected to the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam.

WBMB Baruch College Radio, 87.9 FM The Biz
55 Lexington Ave. Ste. 3-280, New York, NY 10010
PH: 646-312-4720
Gina Alioto
Featuring all styles of music.

WNCW - Isothermal College
PO Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160
PH: 828-287-8000 x349 FX: 828-287-8012
Martin Anderson
We're always looking for new Americana, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and World music to play.

WOJB - Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College
13386 W. Trepania Rd. Hayward, WI 54843
PH: 715-634-2100 FX: 715-634-4070
Nicky Kellar
We're one of the most diverse and popular stations in Wisconsin.

KRCK-FM 97.7
73-733 Fred Waring Dr. #201, Palm Desert, CA 92260
PH: 760-341-0123 FX: 760-341-7455
The Big KC
KRCK supports local talent and encourages independent artists. Rock & Alternative format.

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*** IAMA Featured Artists Of the Month Spotlight

~El McMeen

~Neil Austin Imber


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