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2021 Songwriting


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Enter the 2021 Songwriting Competition below for a chance to win a recording package with BackBeat Sound Design valued at over $500, and so much more!

Want to know more? Check out the FAQ below. 

What is the competition?

This is a chance for you to win a free recording package or various other goodies just by sending us your song! Just capture a quick demo of your song, send it to us using the button at the bottom of this page, and you'll be automatically entered to win!

When is the competition?

The competition will open at 12:00 AM EST on January 1, 2021 and will close at 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2021. You must have you submissions in by this time in order to be eligible to win.

Who can participate?

Songwriters and artists of all types, from any location, and at all stages of their career are welcome! But keep in mind if you win, the studio is located in Chattanooga, TN and you may need to be present in the studio for some of the recording process. We'll be happy to help you arrange travel plans, but any travel related costs are not included in the prizes.

What are the submission requirements?

It’s pretty simple. Your song should be fully written with lyrics, structure, and chords. Don’t worry about production or sound quality at this point, but we do want to hear a fully developed song. Record your song in whatever way is easy for you, with just your vocals and one instrument. This can be as simple as a voice memo recording on your phone! We are not looking for quality recordings, but we want to hear the song in its entirety, and it is important that we can hear the vocals and make out the lyrics.

How will a winner be chosen?

A panel of judges will be assembled from the team at BackBeat Sound Design and our partners at JW Creates. These judges will select our winners for each of the prizes.


How can I win?

Wow us! Not only is your song important, but so is the story behind it. In the submission form you will have a chance to tell us about who you are as an artist, so tell us about yourself and why you write music. You will also have the opportunity to share the background and inspiration of your song, so move us! And yes, it also helps if your song is good…

Will I win?

You might win, you might not. We expect to have a high number of submissions for this contest, and with only six entries coming away with a prize, the reality is that you might not win. But don't let that stand in the way of sending in your best song, and don't let that discourage you from continuing to write music and develop your skills!

How and when will I be contacted?

The winners will be contacted via email, so be sure to fill in all of your contact information on the submission form. Winners will be contacted on February 15th, 2021. 


What are the prizes?

1st Place will receive a FREE Premiere Package to record the subitted song at BackBeat Sound Design, Free Cover Art Design with our partners at JW Creates (, and FREE Digital Distribution for their song. This values at over $500 of FREE services!

2nd Place will receive a $150 gift card from BackBeat Sound Design that can be applied to any recording project.

3rd Place will receive a FREE basic cover art design package from JW Creates, valued at $75.

Three 4th Place winners will receive a $50 gift card from BackBeat Sound Design.

Each winner will also receive a FREE BackBeat Sound Design trucker hat!

What is BackBeat Sound Design?

BackBeat Sound Design, run by Brent Crowe, is a full service recording studio located in Chattanooga, TN. We specialize in recording, mixing, mastering, and producing high quality professional sound. We could say so much more, but you should really just check out our website here:


What is JW Creates?

JW Creates, run by Josh Wilhelm, is a partner business of BackBeat Sound Design. They do some killer graphic design for artists, among many other things. Check out more about JW Creates here:


What to know if you win (AKA, terms and conditions)…

Each songwriter/artist is allowed only one submission.

It is important to remember that you will retain 100% ownership of your song, as is always the case when you work with us at BackBeat Sound Design.

Winners of this Songwriting Competition will work with BackBeat Sound Design's producer to develop and produce the song submitted. The producer will make the final call on creative directions for the song, however they will work closely with you to ensure your vision for the song is maintained and developed.

BackBeat will handle all instrumentation and studio musicians on the project. No outside musicians will be used. Depending on the needs of the song and your expertise on an instrument, the producer may choose to have either you or a studio musician play the "main" instruments for the song. This decision will be solely made by the producer.

Once you begin recording, there is no set deadline for the completion of this project. While we typically finish songs within about four weeks, this project may take longer depending on the needs of the song and the present workload at the studio.

By submitting your song, you agree to the terms and conditions above as well as the general studio terms and conditions, which can be found HERE

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