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Now in its 23nd year, The DSA 2013 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all. See Contest Rules for eligibility. Accepting Submissions 3/22/2013 through 6/17/2013. Pick your category and enter today!

  • Country
  • Pop/Rock/R&B/Alternative
  • Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
  • Christian/Inspirational
  • Love Songs/Easy Listening
  • Children's/Novelty
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Instrumental

    Click here for more info about this contest, and for more information about joining DSA (membership not required to enter contest).

    Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions.

    Prizes

    $5,000 in cash and prizes
    Each song entry automatically enters you in a drawing to win a Free i-POD!

    Grand Prize Winner
    Casio PX-350 Privia Piano (MSRP of $1,099, )
    A 1 year Broadjam Primo MoB Membership ($199.95 value)
    A Premier Song Demo, Compliments of Beaird Music Group ($705 value)

    First Runner Up
    1 Day of FREE Recording and a Night in Merlin's Cabin at River Sound Recording Studio on the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country
    A 1 year Broadjam Primo MoB Membership ($199.95 value)

    2nd Runner Up
    Recording Time at Joe Musik Studio and a song critique from Barbara McMillen, Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College.
    A 1 year Broadjam Primo MoB Membership ($199.95 value)

    First Place Winners in each of the ten categories:
    $100 cash
    A 1 year special Broadjam Membership ($49.95 value)
    A 1 year Dallas Songwriters Association membership ($50 value)

    Second Place Winners:
    $50 in cash
    A 1 year Dallas Songwriters Association membership ($50 value)

    Third Place Winners:
    A 1 year Dallas Songwriters Association membership ($50 value)

    Submissions Fee

    $25.00 per song

    Enter 5 or more submissions and receive a free special Broadjam membership! ($100 value)

    Song contest entrants are eligible for a $5 discount off a new or renewed DSA membership for each contest entry!
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    Important Dates

    Submission Deadline:
    June 17, 2013
    Drawing For Free iPod:
    July 9, 2013
    Semi-Finalists Announced:
    August 13, 2013
    Finalists & Grand Prize Winners Announced:
    September 10, 2013

    Rules

    1. The DSA Annual Song Contest is open to any amateur songwriter. (This song contest defines 'amateur' as a songwriter who has not earned more than $5,000 from songwritingrelated royalties, works for hire or advances since January 1, 2008. Contestants must be at least 13 years of age. Each contestant must provide accurate contact information or no prizes will be awarded. Closing and announcement dates may be changed without notice.

    2. Each song submitted must be your original work.

    3. A song is defined as a melody with lyrics. A single song entry may be no longer than five (5) minutes in duration. An Instrumental (music with no lyrics) is permitted only in its category and is limited to 7 minutes.

    4. Enter as many songs as you like in each category. Enter as many categories as you like for each song. HOWEVER, you must send or upload an entry form, fee, (with CD or Mp3 -no cassettes accepted), lyric sheet (except for instrumental entry) for each song entered. EACH SONG CAN ONLY WIN FIRST PLACE IN ONE CATEGORY.

    5. All entries must be received by no later than midnight, June 17th, 2013. Neither DSA, Sonicbids.com or Broadjam.com (therein, referred to as 'submission partners') are responsible for lost, damaged or misdirected entries, nor for the quality of the sound files of the song. Entry material WILL NOT BE RETURNED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY COPY OR S.A.S.E.

    6. First prize or grand prize winning songs of any past DSA sponsored annual song contests are ineligible for entry.

    7. Entrants agree that if their song is a winner of any prize in the contest, the sponsors, submission partners, and DSA will have the right to the use of their names or pictures for purposes of trade in connection with the Contest, and reprint the winning songs and lyrics in the DSA 'Songwriters Notes' newsletter and/or website and/or on Broadjam.com, and Sonicbids.com and/or on a promotional CD given away an awards ceremony or to radio stations for promotion. By accepting the prize, winner releases DSA and of any and all liability regarding prizes awarded. All warranties & performance of service promised is the sole responsibility of the sponsor providing such service. Any contest winner under the legal age of 18 must provide the express written consent of a parent or legal guardian within 48 hours of notification in order to receive prizes and/or promotion through the contest sponsors.

    8. Entrants retain all publishing rights to their song(s).

    9. Entries may not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of a third party. By signing the entry form, the entrant agrees to release DSA, Sonicbids and Broadjam from any and all liability for copyright infringement of any entry submitted by entrant. Contestants will be eliminated for false registration, making false claims, or cheating. Songs in violation of any copyright not owned by the contestant will be eliminated.

    10. The decision of the judges is final!

    11. Employees of Broadjam, Sonicbids.com, Dallas Songwriters Association and its judges, their advertising agencies, their affiliates, representatives, and their families or households of their employees are ineligible to enter/win.

    12. Additions or deletions to these rules may be made at the discretion of DSA, and may be enacted at any time.

    13. Any use of contest material outside of DSA, or its submission partners is in violation of copyrights owned by either DSA, its submission partners and their partnering companies.

    14. The selection of contest winners by DSA, and its judges is final. Arrangements for receiving all prizes, unless otherwise specified, must be made within thirty days of announcing the winners. It is the responsibility of the winners to claim prizes within the thirty days provided. All unclaimed prizes will be forfeited, and DSA, may award any unclaimed prize at the end of the thirty-day grace period to a contest runner-up. All prizes are nontransferable and void where prohibited by law. No cash substitution of prizes is allowed.

    Winners understand and agree that they are 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 contest prizes. DSA, and/or its partners, sponsors, or affiliates will incur the cost of shipping and may be shipped at their discretion. Neither DSA, nor their sponsors are responsible for the failure or tardiness of 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 receive the prizes. Further entry rules may be applicable entering online with the contest submission partner.
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