IBMA Songwriter Showcase Deadline May 1

Did you forget to get your submission in to be included in the IBMA Songwriter Showcase at the 2012 World of Bluegrass?

The deadline to submit a song is May 1, and acting Executive Director Nancy Cardwell tells us that any entries postmarked by that date will be considered. You’ll need to send an audio CD with a song you have written or co-written, along with 5 printed copies of the lyrics and your contact information. Only songs that have not been recorded by a major artist are eligible.

Selected songwriters will have the opportunity to perform their song during the IBMA Business Conference in Nashville this September. You do not need to be a member of IBMA to submit a song.

According to the IBMA web site, songs will be chosen based on:

  • Representation of the bluegrass genre
  • Potential appeal (Are they likely to draw the interest of recording artists and to get airplay by bluegrass broadcasters?)
  • Quality of work (lyrics, melody)
  • Entertainment value

You can find full details online, or you may contact Nancy at IBMA with questions( or 615-256-3222).

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