MLT Songwriting Awards

Overview / Entry Information

 

Songwriters from all over New Zealand, Australia and the US enter their songs in this well established music industry event. Open to all songwriters - music and lyrics of all entries must be deemed original by the judges and all songs must not be commercially released prior to judging. Judged by a panel of four accomplished music industry representatives, Finalists are selected and these songs are performed live at the Awards evening. This event has been the catalyst in bolstering many songwriting careers. 

The entry fee is $15 per song, with a limit of 2 songs per entrant (includes co-writes).

Entries for the 2020 Awards are now open
 

PRIZE LIST
Winner - $2500
Runner up - $500

Rules of Entry

  1. The MLT Songwriting Awards are open to all songwriters.

  2. Music and lyrics of all entries must be deemed original by the judges and all songs entered must not be commercially released prior to judging.

  3. Songs will be judged on content: ie, lyrics, melody, musical movement and structure.

  4. There is a limit of 2 songs per entrant. Please note this includes as co-writers. 

  5. a. All songs entered are to be a solo vocal performance with the exception of songs written and arranged as a duet.
    b. A duet is defined as a song that lyrically would only make sense if it were sung by two people from two separate perspectives.
    c. Accompaniment shall be with one instrument only
    d. If a multiple voice keyboard is used, only ONE voice or patch is allowable with no automatic multi-tracked accompaniment.

  6. a. Songs may be submitted online, CD or USB drive. All songs entered can be on the one CD/USB.
    b. CDs or USB drives must only contain song/s entered.

  7. Each recording must be accompanied by four typed copies of the lyrics. To preserve anonymity, the contestant's  name must not appear on these typed copies. Instead contestants will be issued with a number, which will be used until after judging is complete.

  8. Furnishing of performance royalty returns is the responsibility of the contestant

  9. Prize money may be subject to withholding tax and an IRD number may be required.

  10. The MLT Songwriting Awards are judged independently from the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards.

  11. An entry fee per song entered is to accompany each entry.

  12. CDs/USBs and be returned, provided the entry is accompanied by a prepaid self-addressed return package. Australian entries will require 2 international coupons.

  13. The New Zealand Songwriter's Trust request permission of the songwriting contestants to use their submitted entries for airplay and social media.

  14. All finalists' songs will be performed live at the MLT Songwriting Awards (part of the NZ Country Music Awards). The writer/s will have the option of performing the song themselves or having it performed for them. All finalists will be contacted soon after judging and arrangements discussed for the Awards evening.

  15.  The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  16. A condition of entry is that all finalists must be prepared to attend the Awards Finals held on Thursday 28th May 2020 in Gore.

CONTACT US

Contact the NZ Songwriters Trust by filling in the enquiry form.  Please be sure to add either a contact email address
or telephone number so we can get in touch with you.

  

Postal Address:
NZ Songwriters Trust
PO Box 233
Gore
New Zealand

Email :  nzsongwriterstrust@gmail.com

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