Photo: Paul Iwancio – 2021’s Winner with “Who Took the Donuts Away” — a really poignant song!Per previous years, the opportunity for your song to be heard by those people who can help further your career! Winning songs will be submitted to *genuine music business companies*. Also, a name will be drawn from all entrants for a free entry into the Durango Songwriter Expo to be held in Broomfield at the end of September!
Contest staff will put the Top Scoring songs on a compilation CD and hand-deliver to publishers, record companies, music supervisors, and others – that have agreed beforehand to accept them – along with a cover letter telling a little about COMBO, and with lyric sheets for each of the songs. Winners will also receive one copy of the compilation CD for their use.
Last year’s CD package was passed out to Big Yellow Dog Publishing (Meghan Trainor’s publisher); Windswept Pacific; The Song Factory; Writer’s Den Music Group; Garvan Media, Management and Marketing; Leigh West of Exactly Brands; Zach Fay of the Exdo Events Center; Doug Garvey (CO State Fair and other events); Lyric House Publishing; and Jeff Silbar (writer of “Wind Beneath My Wings”). We also mailed copies to Ash Street Publishing, Vapor Music Group (Music Supervision and Licensing), Imagem Music, Razor & Tie (music placement), LBK Entertainment. and SQE Publishing. Also, Johnnie Johnson of Innervision Records may be featuring the winning songs on his radio shows as well.
Examples of judging criteria will consist of (but not be limited to) – Do the lyrics ‘hit you in the heart’? Does the melody bring out some emotions such as passion, solitude, love, excitement, danger? Do the lyrics express a ‘new thought’ or have a really catchy phrase?
The contest will DEFINITELY END ON AUGUST FIRST at midnight in order to get the Compilation CDs ready to pass out at the Durango Songwriters Expo in Broomfield at the end of September. This will allow the judges to listen to last-minute entries, the COMBO staff the time to tally the scores, to get the songs mastered, and the CD to be replicated by COMBO’s great supporter CODA-Inc. If you want your CDs fast, accurate, and affordable, CODA in Aurora, CO is the way to go! You can even pick them up yourself if you are in a hurry!
More details to come. Stay tuned!
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