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5/13/24 ASGI 2024 Song Contest!

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 ASGI's 2024 Song Contest is Open for submissions through midnight, June 30th.

 You will need to have a gmail account to upload your songs for the contest. If needed, you can set up a free gmail account here.

 Finalists in the Contest will be posted on July 31st, with the Category Winners and ASGI's Songwriter of the Year to be announced on August 15th, 2024.

 

Click here to enter ASGI's 2024 Song Contest!


 We have some great prizes for this year's contest!

 GRAND PRIZE WINNER - ASGI SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR 2024!!

  • 1. Inclusion in our compilation CD for ASGI 2025. This will be one song of your choice.

  • 2. One on one session with publisher Bobby Rymer of Writers Den!
  • A one hour session on Zoom to pitch your songs and get feedback from one of the most respected publishers in the industry.

  • 3. In addition to your first place winning of the Ticket to the 2025 Texas Songwriters Symposium; we will include FOUR NIGHTS IN THE HOTEL during the Symposium.

  • 4. A 30 minute performance slot during the Symposium. This is a showcase to share your music. You can perform solo, with a band, or anything in between, whatever you feel will best serve you and your music.

  • 5. One on one session with Will Sexton. This is a one hour session. Depending on the location of the winner this could be a Zoom meeting, or an in person meeting. WILL SEXTON, MUSICAL POLYMATH, ESTEEMED WRITER, PRODUCER, SESSION PLAYER AND SOLO ARTIST

  • 6. One day in the studio with Gabe Rhodes.

    This is an opportunity to spend the day recording with one of the most creative artists in the industry.

    Gabe Rhodes is a talented singer/songwriter, multi instrumentalist, engineer,and producer who has worked with the best in the industry.

    He has  produced  and recorded projects for Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Kimmie Rhodes, Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Emmylou Harris, James BurtonJimmy LaFave, Owen Temple, Paula Nelson, Dick Rivers, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kieran Goss, Folk Uke, and Calvin Russell, among others. 


  • 7. Lifetime membership to ASGI.

  • 8. One year of workshops offered by ASGI.

  • 9. Opportunities to perform at our in person ASGI events.

 FIRST PLACE CATEGORY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • - ENTRY TO THE 2025 TEXAS SONGWRITER SYMPOSIUM
  • - AWARD CERTIFICATE


  SECOND PLACE CATEGORY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  •   - ONE ASGI WORKSHOP
  •   - AWARD CERTIFICATE

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  THIRD PLACE CATEGORY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • - AWARD CERTIFICATE.

 CONTEST AND SUBMISSION RULES:

 SONG CONTEST SUBMISSIONS ARE UPLOADED TO OUR WEBSITE (MP3 FILES ONLY) AND YOU PAY FOR YOUR ENTRIES ONLINE.

 Click here to enter ASGI's 2024 Song Contest!

 Submission Categories:

 1. Singer/Songwriter – NOTE: The person singing the song must be the songwriter, or one of the co-writers.

 2. Bare Bones – NOTE: There can only be one vocal and one instrument on these submissions. Submitted songs featuring more than one vocal and    one instrument will be disqualified in this category.

 NOTE: Songs submitted in the following categories may be either bare bones demo or studio produced. The songwriters do not necessarily have to  be the singer of the submitted song. Songs that have been commercially released are also eligible.

 3. Country - Self explanatory

 4. Love Songs – NOTE: Can be any genre type, provided the lyrical subject matter is about love. Could be falling in or out of love, unrequited love, familial love, spiritual love or any other type of “love” song. It’s all about the love!

 5. Pop – NOTE: Pop is a broadly defined genre. Many songs potentially classify as “pop” songs, the defining trait being potential commercial appeal, more so than musical style,

 6. Rock – NOTE: Rock, like Pop, is a broadly defined genre. Many songs potentially classify as “rock” songs from classic rock to hard rock and many points in between.

 7. Blues – NOTE: Blues is often a lamentation characterized by 12-bar phrases, 3-line stanzas in which the words of the second line often repeat those of the first, which opens this category up to a potentially eclectic group of submissions.

 8. Jazz – NOTE: Jazz and blues are closely related, and jazz is an American music developed especially from ragtime and blues, and characterized by varying degrees of improvisation in the melody.

 9. Folk/Americana  -- Consider the traditions of “folk” music, including "Americana" as a vehicle for acoustic storytelling, which sometimes, though not necessarily always, will have a protest and/or social justice lyrical theme.

 10. Inspirational – NOTE: The lyrics must in some way be uplifting. It may be gospel or it may be a love song or anything in between.

 11. Lyrics Only – Self explanatory.

 12. Novelty Songs - Self explanatory

  SONG CONTEST ENTRY FEES:

 1. ALL SONG ENTRIES ARE $15 EACH

 2. Songs entered in multiple categories will be charged $15 for each category

 3. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON ANY SUBMISSIONS

 SONG CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS:

 1. Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters.

 2. Songs which have been commercially released may be entered.

 3. All styles are eligible, please choose the appropriate category.

 4. Recorded Songs must be uploaded as MP3 files only 

 5. Lyrics must be uploaded as either .pdf or .doc files 

 6. Each song must be the contestant's original work.

 7. Entrants and their collaborators will retain full rights to all works submitted to the competition.

 8. First Place winning songs from prior ASG song contests are not eligible for submission, however songs that have been submitted before but did not win are eligible.

 Click here to enter ASGI's 2024 Song Contest!

 JUDGING GUIDELINES AND DISCLAIMERS:

 1. Production quality will NOT be considered when judging songs. This is a contest about songwriting, not engineering skills: However, do your best in presenting your songs well, even if it is a simple guitar-vocal track.

 2. A judging committee consisting of music industry professionals, including songwriters, publishers, producers and radio personalities, among others, as well as the ASGI Executive Board, will participate in judging the songs submitted to the contest.

 3. Judges will use four criteria: melody, lyrics, originality and form.

 4. The decisions of the judging committee are final.


  Third Wednesdays, 5/15/24 7:00pm

 Songwriters Open Mic NeWorlDeli


 20th ANNUAL TEXAS SONGWRITERS SYMPOSIUM!



ANNOUNCING: THE 20TH ANNUAL TEXAS SONGWRITERS SYMPOSIUM!

WHEN:  FEBRUARY 7 - 11, 2024

WHERE:  Holiday Inn Midtown 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. Austin, TX 78752
USE THIS LINK TO BOOK YOUR ROOM Austin Songwriters Group

EARLY BIRD PRICE: THROUGH JAN 31, 2024 -  $199.

REGISTRATION PRICE: FEB 1, 2024 - FEB 11, 2024 - $ 275.

Your registration will include 5 days and 4 nights of workshops, panels, concerts, song circles, private sessions with publishers, producers, entertainment attorney, entry into the Texas Music Legends Hall Of Fame Awards Ceremony, lunch on Saturday, all night picking circles and more!!

Here's the 2024 Symposium Schedule!


LIST OF CONFIRMED 2024 STAFF INCLUDE:


STEVE BLOCH - publisher

TED BRANSON - radio personality

RICK BUSBY - songwriter

LOUIE CARR - music consultant

BOB DELLAPOSTA - publisher

CASH EDWARDS - publicist

FREEBO - songwriter

DOUG FREEMAN - entertainment writer

MICHAEL HEARNE - songwriter

KATHLEEN HUDSON - music historian

TED LOWE - Choice Tracks

JIM PHOTOGLO - songwriter

ROGER POLSON - radio personality

GABE RHODES - songwriter

KIMMIE RHODES - songwriter

BOBBY RYMER - publisher

GWEN SEALE - entertainment

WILL SEXTON - songwriter

LEE STARR - songwriter

RUSSELL SUTTON - songwriter

MIKE TOLLESON - Mike Tolleson and Associates entertainment Law

RUSS ZAVISTON - publisher


Click Here for 2024 Symposium Staff Bios.


THE 2024 TEXAS SONGWRITERS SYMPOSIUM IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE AUSTIN SONGWRITERS GROUP INTERNATIONAL. IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER YOU CAN JOIN US FOR A MONTHLY RATE OF $14.95 OR AN ANNUAL RATE OF $150.  PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING AND SUPPORTING SONGWRITERS! www.austinsongwritersgroupinternational.com   

For 20 years this conference has been a conduit for connecting songwriters with seasoned professionals in the industry.
This conference is built by songwriters for songwriters. If you are a new songwriter, or you are a seasoned writer this is for you. If your goal is to be a staff writer, or just enjoy the art of writing this conference is for you. If you enjoy music and are interested in meeting the music community this conference is for you!

This conference is educational and fun!
"There is not another like it!" is a common comment made by both the industry professionals who have participated as part of the staff, and participants.

Through workshops in songwriting, co-writing, insights into the publishing business, discussions on production, distribution, live performance, touring and more you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the areas that most interest you and will help you on your journey. You will leave rejuvenated with new tools for your music tool box, new friends, and re-connections with old friends, new artists that you want to follow, and a better idea of how to have your music heard above all the noise in the crowd!  

GO HERE TO SIGN UP NOW FOR THE EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $199. THROUGH JAN 31, 2024! 

This year we are also offering the conference Workshops on Zoom for those of you that are not able travel, or be off work for this length of time. The price for the Zoom program is $175. GO HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE 2024 ZOOMPOSIUM WORKSHOPS.


PITCH TO PUBLISHER NIGHTS!

 

 Our Pitch to Publisher Nights are provided to you as a valued member with your Sustaining or Annual    Membership.

 A link to the Pitch to Publisher Session can be found on the Members Only Page.

 If you are not a member yet, please JOIN US!


 Our publisher this month on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00pm is Bobby Rymer.

 

  This is a group session on Zoom.

 If you are interested in attending the session, but don’t have a song to pitch, please feel free to join us.

 It is great conversation and a way to keep up with the changing music business

 from someone in the thick of things.


ASGI Songwriters in the Round at the PERSHING HALL

 Friday November 24th - 7:00pm

 

 Pershing Hall is located at 2415-B East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702.

 https://thepershing.com


 ASGI 2023 Songwriter of the Year Francine Honey

 CD Release LIVE November 18th - 7:30pm ET

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd0BPmMF8xA