Contest Rules

1) Each song submitted must be entrant's original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Entry fee is non-refundable. Songfest Foundation, Inc. is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, misappropriated, postage due or stolen entries. We highly recommend you use Taiyo-Yuden CDs. We have found these to have the lowest error rate and to be the most likely to play in any CD player. Songfest Foundation, Inc. is not responsible for a CD we can't play.

2) Entries may have multiple co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry form. Prizes will be awarded to the name on the entry form and division of the prizes among the co-writers is the responsibility of the entrant. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

3) Contest is only open to amateur songwriters who are at least 18 years of age or older the date they sign their entry form. Any entrant who is a minor in his/her jurisdiction of legal residence will be required to obtain the permission of a parent or legal guardian to participate in this contest. Songwriters who derive the majority of their income from songwriting or have ever had a staff writing deal with a publishing company may not enter. No songs under a professional contract may be entered. Employees of Songfest Foundation, Inc., their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible.

4) A judging committee comprised of music industry professionals, award-winning songwriters, Songfest Foundation, Inc. Pro Songwriters and Songfest Foundation, Inc. Board Members may select winning songs. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition and lyrics.

5) Top 24 Winners will be notified and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 10 days of notification date. The affidavit will state that the winning song is original work and the writer(s) holds all rights to the song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate song will be selected. Affidavits of winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits subject to verification by Songfest Foundation, Inc. and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use name, likeness and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

6) Results will be announced on or before November 10, 2010, after which a complete list of winners will be online at CDs and lyric sheets will not be returned.

7) Entrant's submission of an entry into the contest constitutes his/her agreement to release, indemnify and hold harmless Songfest Foundation, Inc. and its agents from and against any claim, including, without limitation, of copyright infringement or other misappropriation, arising from any acts or omissions in connection with the contest or its operation. Each entrant must sign (i) an affidavit of eligibility and release of Songfest Foundation, Inc. and any other sponsors from any and all liability, claims, demands and causes of action for personal injury and/or damage, theft or loss suffered in connection with this promotion or the use or acceptance of the prize or any portion thereof to be eligible for the prizes; and (ii) except where prohibited, a promotional release granting the right to use name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes by Songfest Foundation, Inc. without additional compensation. Entry into this contest constitutes entrant's agreement to sign such releases.

8) Songfest Foundation, Inc. will make reasonable attempts to make contact with all winners. Winners must respond to Songfest Foundation, Inc. within 10 days.

9) Songfest, Foundation, Inc. may post - and stream live - contest winning songs on The aforementioned affidavit stating that the winner's song is original work and the writer(s) holds all rights to the song, will include language to allow this streaming.

10) Winners are responsible for any and all taxes derived from and/or through the competition and their winnings if applicable. Prizes are subject to change in Sponsor Entities' sole discretion.

11) Grand Prize winner will receive a one-day writing session with Pro Writer Jim McCormick. Scheduling will be based on Mr. McCormick's availability, but in any event will be scheduled by the end of 2011. Songfest Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to change the Pro Writer in the event Mr. McCormick is incapacitated or deceased.