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IMSTA is proud to introduce the IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Contest conducted and hosted by our partner Broadjam. This contest is an annual affair that will provide aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity to have their creative pieces heard by industry professionals. You can write songs in any genre, with or without lyrics. This is the environment to learn, network and connect with the professionals. Do not miss this opportunity!

All song entries per region will be distilled into a top 3 using Broadjam's blind listening peer ratings mechanism. This competition runs throughout 2015 with four separate regional drawings that are linked to each scheduled IMSTA FESTA. The Top-3 finalists will be judged at a special panel at each IMSTA FESTA. This contest is for the IMSTA FESTA in Chicago, IL on July 25th, 2015. Entrants may only submit a song that has not previously won another Song competition. Submissions will be verified.


All finalists will be asked to be present for judging, if they are not, an alternate will be put in their place. Judges will listen to finalists' creations and pick the regional winner at IMSTA FESTA and given a prize, with over $15,000 in prizes. Prize selection includes:

  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Arturia V Collection
  • SONY Audio Mastering Suite
  • Celemony Melodyne Editor
  • Steinberg Wavelab
  • FabFilter Pro-Q 2
  • McDSP Emerald Pack Native
  • Free entry to Black Rock Studios Song Camp in Santorini Greece.

At the end of 2015, the four 1st place winners from each IMSTA FESTA will enter for the Grand Prize from which, the winning "Song of the Year" will be selected. The Grand Prize winner, in addition to prizes, will win a FREE trip to a songwriting camp hosted by Black Rock Studios in Santorini Greece.

Black Rock Studios is considered one of the most beautiful studios in the world. Each year Black Rock hosts several Songwriting Camps at their picturesque location on Santorini Island in Greece. This camp is attended by some of the most talented songwriters in the world. The Grand Prize winner will receive a free entry into a Black Rock songwriting camp in 2016, receive free airfare from the continental USA and Canada to and from Santorini and free accommodations in Santorini courtesy of Black Rock Studios and IMSTA.

Submissions Fee

Broadjam Film/TV and Primo members: first 2 songs free, subsequent songs $20

Broadjam Mini members: first song free, subsequent songs $20

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Important Dates

Submission deadline - July 7, 2015.

Peer Reviews open - March 31, 2015

Peer Reviews close - July 18, 2015

IMSTA FESTA Chicago - July 25, 2015.


  • Each song entry must be contestant's original creation. Songs should not exceed 5 minutes in length (5:00). Entries may have co-writer[s], but one name must be designated per entry.
  • Employees of IMSTA, Broadjam and our Sponsors, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible.
  • Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics (where applicable).
  • Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is responsibility of winners.
  • Entrants may only submit a song that has not previously won another Song competition. Submissions will be verified.
  • Entry files must be uploaded as an MP3. Broadjam or IMSTA is not responsible for any corrupt files you may submit. Any and all corrupt files will be deleted without notification to you.
  • 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 submission deadlines of the contest. -
  • 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.
  • Winner of grand prize must be eligible and able to travel to receive prize. Grand prize winner 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 IMSTA.


  1. Prize winners may be asked to prove that the composition was created with legal, purchased software. Songwriters using illegal software are not eligible to win the IMSTA FESTA Song Competition.
  2. Contestants must be at least 16 years of age to enter this contest.
  3. Contestants must provide true, accurate, current and complete contact and other information.
  4. Broadjam will actively monitor and analyze contest voting traffic to assure the integrity of the contest.
  5. You may be disqualified for false registration, making false claims, misrepresentation or any other conduct, action or activity that Broadjam & IMSTA, in its sole discretion, deems to be "cheating."
  6. Each song submitted must consist entirely of the contestant's 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 and Broadjam or IMSTA shall have no liability for co-contestants failure to divide prizes.
  8. If an entry created by multiple songwriters wins the Grand Prize, only one songwriter may claim the complete Grand Prize. Broadjam and IMSTA are not responsible for selecting the single recipient of this prize.
  9. If grand prize winner is unable to travel, he/she may opt for a cash equivalent (conditions apply).
  10. Closing and announcement dates for this contest may change without notice to you. Such changes will, however, be posted on or Broadjams' site at the contest's page.
  11. Absolutely no entry fee refunds will be made for any reason.
  12. Broadjam & IMSTA may change these rules at any time, at Broadjam or IMSTA's sole discretion, without prior notice to you.
  13. Entering this contest does not grant you any right or license to use any Broadjam or IMSTA material (i.e. logos, images, text, etc.), trademarks or other intellectual property of Broadjam or IMSTA for any purpose, without first obtaining Broadjam and IMSTA's express written consent.
  14. Employees of Broadjam & IMSTA, their sponsors, advertising agencies, affiliates, agents, representatives, and the families or households of the above are ineligible to enter or win all Broadjam and IMSTA contests.
  15. The selection of winners by Broadjam, IMSTA and the judges, is final and cannot be appealed.
  16. All prizes are non-transferable and void where prohibited by law. No cash substitution of prizes is possible.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. All contestants acknowledge, as a condition of entry, that Broadjam & IMSTA has the right to publicize and broadcast any winner's name, character, likeness, voice and all other matters incidental thereto.
  20. This contest is void where prohibited.
  21. Companies sponsoring the IMSTA Festa Songwriting competition may choose to collect and use email address used by you in this contest. Broadjam and IMSTA cannot control the privacy policies of these outside sponsors, and if you do not want your email collected by these sponsors, you should not participate in the IMSTA Festa Songwriting Competition.
  22. Without limiting the applicability of other provisions of the Broadjam User Agreement, the Disclaimer of Warranty Provisions of Section 1.10 and Limitation of Liability provisions of Section 1.11 of the Broadjam User Agreement apply to this contest.
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