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IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Contest Announced

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Cooking Beats session with Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

Cooking Beats session with Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) has announced the 2015 IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Contest, conducted and hosted by Broadjam.  This contest is an annual affair meant to provide aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity to have their creative pieces heard by industry professionals. You can write songs in any genre and with or without lyrics. There are separate songwriting contests for each IMSTA FESTA event in New York, L.A., Chicago & Toronto.

Dates & Locations:

– IMSTA FESTA Los Angeles – May 16th, 2015 – SAE Institute [submission deadline April 25, 2015]

– IMSTA FESTA Chicago – July 25th, 2015 – SAE Institute [submission deadline July 4, 2015]

– IMSTA FESTA New York – Sept.  26th, 2015 – SAE Institute [submission deadline Sept. 5, 2015]

– IMSTA FESTA Toronto – Oct. 17th, 2015 – Ryerson University [submission deadline Sept. 26, 2015]

All song entries per region will be distilled into a top three using Broadjam’s blind listening peer review mechanism. This competition runs throughout 2015 with four separate regional drawings that are linked to each scheduled IMSTA FESTA.  The top three finalists will be heard at a judging panel at each IMSTA FESTA.  All finalists will be asked to be present for judging, if they are not, an alternate will be put in their place. Judges will listen to finalists’ creations and pick the regional winner at IMSTA FESTA and will receive a prize, with over $15,000 in prizes.  Prize selection includes: Native Instruments Komplete; Arturia V Collection; SONY Audio Mastering Suite; Celemony Melodyne Editor; Steinberg Wavelab; FabFilter Pro-Q 2; McDSP Emerald Pack Native; Free entry to Black Rock Studios Song Camp in Santorini Greece.

At the end of 2015, the four first place winners from each IMSTA FESTA will enter for the Grand Prize, from which the winning “Song of the Year” will be selected.  The Grand Prize winner, in addition to prizes, will win a free trip to a songwriting camp hosted by Black Rock Studios in Santorini Greece.

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