The "Bursting With Song!" Songwriting Contest is now closed.
Please note: Only winners will be given Notes & Critiques with their results. Sweet Adelines International will make no effort to inform non-winners of contest results through any direct means or at any time after the Declaration of Winners in September 2018.
Songwriting Contest Information Guide:
Everything you need to know after the Contest is provided in the Songwriting Contest Information Guide: Click here to download!
Declaration of Winners
The Declaration of Winners will be forwarded by the Judging Committee to International headquarters on September 1, 2018. The winners will be announced at the 2018 Sweet Adelines International Convention in St. Louis. In September, all entrants will receive an email stating that the finalists and other awards have been selected. SA will make no effort to inform non-winners of contest results through any direct means or at any time after the Declaration of Winners. All winners will receive a separate notification, but placements will not be identified until the Awards Ceremony. Award Winners as well as Honorable Mentions will be granted AETs with VIP seating. No expenses for travel or accommodations will be included. We look forward to seeing all winners in attendance in St. Louis!
The GRAND PRIZE winning song will be debuted at the 2019 Sweet Adelines International Convention in New Orleans. The GRAND PRIZE winner(s) will be invited to attend the debut and granted AET(s) with VIP seating. No expenses for travel or accommodations will be included.
The awards ceremony will be held at the 2018 Sweet Adelines International Convention in St. Louis. The GRAND PRIZE Award Winner(s), as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Award Winners in all categories, will be called to the stage to receive their awards. All winners will receive Certificates of Achievement from Sweet Adelines International.
Understanding of Ownership
If the contestant(s) is/are determined to be a winner, the winning contestant(s) agree(s) to grant to Sweet Adelines International, and to its designees or assignees, the exclusive right for ten (10) years to publish and distribute and sell the barbershop version of the printed composition.
—the Contestant shall retain all other ownership rights.
—the Award Winner(s) will receive the applicable cash prize.
—the Award Winner(s) shall be paid twenty-five percent of net proceeds on each copy of sheet music (hard copy and pdf) sold.
—the Award Winner(s) shall also receive the Judge’s notes and critiques.
—Sweet Adelines International or its designees or assignees shall make payment of and accounting for royalties to the contestant semi-annually.
—Sweet Adelines International shall have the right of first refusal to extend the license at the end of the ten (10) year period.
—Sweet Adelines International reserves the right, in its unilateral discretion, to select songs for publication including the date of posting on the SA website.
—Each work selected for publication will be subject to modification, edit, or revision, as deemed necessary for marketability.
Once the Award Winner(s) are selected, formal documentation of the above terms and agreement thereto shall be presented again to the Award Winner(s) for formal agreement evidenced by signature of the Award Winner(s) and Sweet Adelines International.
If the selected Award Winner(s) refuse to sign the above referenced formal agreement, the selection as Award Winners(s) and the rights to any and all cash prizes, Judge’s notes and critiques, publication, royalties, and sales proceeds, shall be forfeited. In such event, another Award Winner will be determined.