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The "Best Song Of The Month Contest" honors and publicizes the top songs which are submitted each month to the popular SongwriterUniverse online magazine/website, which now attracts 50,000 visitors per month.This contest not only spotlights the winning song and songwriter, but also showcases the Top Five songs of the month. Many pro songwriters, A&R execs, publishers and producers check out the winning songs each month. Notably, the SongwriterUniverse Advisory Board consists of five, hit songwriters: Billy Steinberg, Brenda Russell, Allan Rich, Jud Friedman and Jeff Silbar.

SongwriterUniverse is headed by veteran music publisher/A&R exec Dale Kawashima, who previously was President of Michael Jackson's ATV Music and Irving Azoff's Giant Music, and a creative exec at Sony/ATV Music, Motown Records and Mercury Records. From 2006-2012 was Executive Consultant for HoriPro Entertainment Group, and he currently runs his own publishing company and is an A&R Consultant.

The writer(s) of the winning song will be interviewed for a very positive, feature article in SongwriterUniverse. The article will remain online indefinitely, so many people can view this article over an extended period. The article will include a photo of the winner, streaming audio of the winning song, a YouTube embedded video of the song (if available), plus a link to the writer's website and email address. The winning song & writer (plus their photo) will be spotlighted on the front, home page of the SongwriterUniverse site for a full month. In addition, the four other finalist songs will be spotlighted on the same article page, with the names of the finalists and their winning songs, their photos, streaming audio of their songs, a YouTube embedded video of the song (if available), plus their website and e-mail links. The winning songwriter & four finalists will also receive prizes.

All genres of music will be accepted for this contest. Each song will be judged on its artistic merit, originality, craft and market potential. Demos do not have to be elaborately produced, but they need to be presented in a professional manner.

Notably, the winning songwriter will also be publicized on the SongwriterUniverse Facebook page, with an attractive, large photo of the songwriter posted atop this page for one month.


1st place prize package includes

    In addition to the publicity and exposure, the four additional prizes for the Contest Winner are:
  • A free One-Year Primo Membership from
  • A free copy of the highly respected, valuable "A&R Registry" directory book.
  • A copy of the "Music Publishers Registry" directory (value $80; now in PDF form)
  • A copy of the "Indie Bible" resource for independent artists (value $35; now in PDF form)

4 finalists will receive

  • A free One-Year Primo Membership from

Submissions Fee

First entry: $12
Each additional entry: $10
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Important Dates

Submission Deadline:Last Day of the Month
Winners announced: Next Month at


  1. These rules supplement, incorporate by reference, and are to be read with (and not not to limit), the Broadjam User Agreement.
  2. You must be at least 13 years of age to enter this contest.
  3. To enter this contest you must be a registered member of Broadjam at any level of membership, including free membership.
  4. You must provide true, accurate, current and complete contact and other information, as requested by Broadjam.
  5. You may be disqualified for false registration, making false claims, misrepresentation or any other behavior, action or activity that Broadjam, in its sole discretion, deems to be "cheating."
  6. Each song submitted must consist entirely of your original work. You may be disqualified for submitting any material for which you either do not solely own all worldwide copyright rights or have not obtained all necessary licenses, in proper form.
  7. Collaborative work among co-contestants will be accepted, but all prizes will be awarded to the contestant whose name is on the associated Broadjam membership. Division of prizes among co-contestants is the sole responsibility of winners.
  8. Entry files must be uploaded as an MP3. Broadjam is not responsible for any corrupt files you may submit. Any and all corrupt files will be deleted without notification to you.
  9. All submissions to this contest must be fully submitted by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (or, if being observed, Central Daylight Time) on the final date of the contest.
  10. Closing and announcement dates for this contest may change without notice to you. Such changes will, however, be posted on the Site at the contest's page.
  11. All entries are final and irrevocable. Once you have submitted an entry for this contest you may not withdraw the entry or request to change the category, genre or other division you chose for the entry.
  12. Absolutely no entry fee refunds will be made for any reason.
  13. Winners will be notified by email at the address provided, and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/publicity release within ten (10) days after the date on such notification. The affidavit will state that the winner's song is an original work and that the winner holds all rights to the song or is a cover of a licensed song and is identified as such in the submission. Failure to sign and return this affidavit within ten (10) days, or the provision of false/inaccurate information therein, will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits of winners under eighteen (18) years of age at the time of award must be countersigned by the winner?s parent or legal guardian. Affidavits are subject to verification by Broadjam.
  14. Broadjam may change these rules at any time, in Broadjam's sole discretion, without notice to you.
  15. Entering this contest does not grant you any right or license to use any Broadjam material (i.e. logos, images, text, etc.), trademarks or other intellectual property of Broadjam for any purpose, without Broadjam?s express written consent.
  16. Employees of Broadjam, their sponsors, advertising agencies, affiliates, agents, representatives, and the families or households of the above are ineligible to enter or win all Broadjam contests.
  17. Without limiting the applicability of other provisions of the User Agreement, the limitation of liability provisions of Section 1.11 of the Broadjam User Agreement apply to this contest.
  18. The selection of winners by Broadjam and the judges, is final and unappealable.
  19. Arrangements for receiving all prizes, unless otherwise specified, must be made within thirty days after Broadjam's receipt of a winner?s affidavit of eligibility/publicity release. It is the responsibility of the winners to claim prizes within such thirty day period. All unclaimed prizes will be forfeited, and Broadjam may award any unclaimed prize to a runner-up.
  20. All prizes are non-transferable and void where prohibited by law. No cash substitution of prizes is allowed.
  21. The odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winners will receive the prizes as set forth in the contest announcement. In the event a prize is not available due to circumstances beyond Broadjam's control, Broadjam reserves the right to provide a substantially similar substitute prize that Broadjam deems to be of greater or equal value.
  22. Winners understand and agree that they are solely responsible for any and all taxes, including but not limited to sales, income, or value added, incurred on prizes received, and for any and all duties, tariffs, or import fees that may be assessed upon receiving prizes.
  23. Broadjam will incur the cost of shipping prizes. Broadjam may choose the method of shipping, in its sole discretion. Broadjam is not responsible for the failure or tardiness of prizes or damage to prizes, delivered via US Postal Service, United Parcel Service, Federal Express, DHL, or other reputable carrier. Proper identification such as a valid driver's license, passport, state ID, or military ID may be required to accept delivery of prizes. In the event that a winner chooses not to accept a prize, the winner forfeits all claim to that prize, forever.
  24. All contestants acknowledge, as a condition of entry, that Broadjam has the right to publicize and broadcast any winner's name, character, likeness, voice and all other matters incidental thereto.
  25. This contest is void where prohibited.
  26. To obtain the name of a winner, which will be available after the conclusion of the contest, mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Broadjam Contest Winners, Broadjam, Inc., 100 S. Baldwin St. Ste. 204 Madison, WI 53703.
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