American Song Contest is open for submissions

July 7, 2021

NBC has announced that submissions for the new musical series, American Song Contest ,are now being accepted, Variety reports.

Based on the  Eurovision Song Contest—an annual international original songwriting competition sponsored by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)–the series will feature a series of live music performances by U.S. contestants who are in competition to win the country’s vote for best original song.

All 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C., each will be repped by a solo artist, duo, band, or DJ.

The “Eurovision Song Contest” has been held annually since 1956 and has featured contestants from 52 different countries. The American version of the competition will lead to the semi-finals and, subsequently, to the primetime March Madness-style grand finale

American Song Contest is looking for artists, signed or independent, who can own the stage and captivate an audience with their original music (cover or tribute bands are not allowed to participate). As the submission process to represent each state or territory is underway, the showrunners welcome all varieties of music—including country, dance/electronic, pop, rap, R&B, and rock.

Applicants must be 16 or older, and groups can comprise up to six members.

The first-place winner will receive:

  • $10,000 (Provided by LiveXLive),
  • Co-Publishing contract with LiveXLive Music Publishing, a division of LiveXLive Media,
  • A two–page feature spread in the American Songwriter March/April 2022 issue,
  • Career consultation with a reputable record label, and
  • Lifetime American Songwriter membership.

Winners will retain ownership of their songs—and can enter more than one song, for a price: $25 for 1 entry, $50 for 2 entries, $67.50 for 3 entries, $85 for 4 entries, or $100 for 5 entries.

Netflix recently released the musical-comedy “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” which starred Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two Icelandic singers participating in the renowned music celebration.

The indie studio, AdditPropagate Content, will create The American Song Contest Academy, a jury that will consist of artists and music industry notables that will represent all genres and backgrounds. The event is scheduled to debut sometime in 2022.

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (CT).

Research contact: @Variety

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