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Annual Song Contest held by the Dallas Songwriters Association to provide a benchmark for popular songwriting competency. Winners in each category, plus grand prize winners.

CATEGORIES AND JUDGES:Finalists in each category will be judged by music industry professionals from record labels and publishing companies; Grand Prize winner will be chosen by A&R and/or industry professionals of Broadjam.com or Sonicbids.com.

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Grand Prize Winners



DSA Announces Grand Prize Winners of 22nd Annual Contest

Shane with his new Traditions Guitar
MINNESOTA'S SHANE MARTIN WINS 2011 DALLAS SONG CONTEST   

After winning the Country category in the DSA’s international song contest, Martin’s “No Hard Feelings” won out over the top three winners from each of the contest’s eight categories.
“From a commercial perspective, ‘No Hard Feelings’ is a song that any artist could sing. It has strong crossover potential,” said Roy Elkins, grand prize judge and CEO of Broadjam.com, an online community and resource for musicians. “This could be sung with an acoustic guitar, sitting at a piano or it could be a good instrumental.  I can close my eyes and hear numerous productions of this melody.  That's what makes it great.”
“River Dance,” a country rocker by Nashville’s Ruben Estevez, won second, and novelty/children category winner “Oliver Otter,” by Donna Lisa, Westfield, N.J., won third overall.
Hear the winning songs and read Elkin’s comments on his top 10 finishers at http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com/p/grand-prize-judge-roy-elkins-comments.html .
As Grand Prize winner, Martin took home a new G-12 Standard Series Tradition electric guitar featuring Tradition 2-1-1 pickups with coil tap Humbucker; he gets a Premier Demo by Beaird Music Group, one of Nashville’s top recording facilities, and receives a one-year Primo MoB membership from Broadjam.
All first place category winners win $100, a one-year Broadjam MoB membership and a year’s membership in the DSA. Second place wins $50 and a year’s DSA membership, and third place finishers win a DSA membership.
As Grand Prize runner up, Estevez gets a day of free recording at Riversounds Recording Resort nestled along the Llano River on the back of a 300 acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country, in addition to a one-year Broadjam Primo MoB membership.
Third Place finisher Lisa receives a song critique and fully-produced demo with Kim Copeland of Nashville’s Kim Copeland Productions and a one-year Broadjam Primo MoB membership.
Additional sponsors include Crystal Clear Sound, Patrick McGuire Recording and WM Sales/Cam Audio. Submission partners are Broadjam.com and Sonicbids.  Music industry partners are Dallas International Guitar Festival, Arlington Guitar Show, Tradition Guitars, MyStudio Recording Studios, Texas Music Group, Bar-b Music Marketing Consultants, Musemuse.com, Sante Fe Design, Austin Songwriters Group and Jo-Musik. 
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TOP TEN REASONS TO ENTER THE DSA SONG CONTEST

10. You can win a casio privia keyboard.

9. You can win cash

8. You can win a one year DSA membership or more.

7. You can get a free trial membership for entering online at Broadjam or Sonic Bids

6. Semifinalists get a chance to perform at the Awards or other DSA Showcases

5. Semifinalists and Winners get their names published in Songwriter Notes and the Press Release

4. Entrants can get peer review on their song

3. Winners get their songs on the awards soundcloud site.

2. Contest recognition looks good on your resume

1. We are a small contest, so you have a better chance to win.

Now in it's 26th year!

The DSA Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all. See Contest Rules for eligibility.

MOTIVATING AND UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THRU EDUCATION

MUSE-Motivating and Uplifting Songwriters thru Education
DSA is a 501 C-3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing to songwriters everywhere opportunities for learning about the craft and business of songwriting. Songwriters Newsletter is published by the Dallas Songwriters Association c/o Sammons Center for the Arts 3630 Harry Hines Blvd Box 20 Dallas, TX 75219.
Barbara McMillen, Editor, Founding President Emeritus http://www.barbaramcmillen.com

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