Submissions Open for 2021 'International Songwriters Day Song Contest'

The International Songwriters Day Song Contest is kicking off for its second year and is looking for "songs of inspiration" to help celebrate International Songwriters Day, which is April 9. Contest is now open and runs until April 2, 2021.

The contest is open to writers all around the world, from all levels of experience. This year's theme is "inspiration." Organizers are looking for songs that inspire, think (new beginnings, second chances, starting over), etc. They can be ballads but they should have an element of hope or redemption in the storyline, to fit the theme.

Production and performance aren't a consideration. It's originality, melody and lyrics that the judges are looking for.

This year there is an "Indie Music Video" category (open to any artist/band who is not signed to a major label). Theme again is "Inspiration."

The judges have lived, breathed and worked in the industry for many years and have multi-awards and Grammy nominations to show for it. These highly talented people have one thing in common, they all love and respect a great song.

The judges are : Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne); Mike Gormley of LAPD Mgmt., who helped launch the careers of Rod Stewart, BTO, Rush, The Police, Danny Elfman, and the Bangles; Myles Goodwyn (producer, songwriter, lead singer for April Wine); Martin Isherwood, Head of Music at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA); David Eaton (producer/engineer for Polyphonic Spree, Dynamite Hack, archivist for top-tier record label); Rick Rose (former staff writer for Sony ATV Nashville & Warner Chappel); and Diana Williamson who has written two #3 Billboard Hot Club chart songs and is VP of

The prize sponsors include "The Music Registry," in depth music directories; song pitch opportunities from "The Song Tuner"; the Indie Bible (directories); Broadjam music pitching opportunities; AirPlay Direct radio promo; and the book 101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting.

The company's contests have been voted "Top 10" by Music Connection in the past. They work hard to elevate songwriters and good songwriting. Winners will be announced on April 9, International Songwriters Day!

You can submit your songs and videos on the contest platform at:

For more information, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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