Free Song ContestJanuary 3rd, 2010 by We Are Listening
Derek Siver’s idea for a free, open song contest got me thinking.
On his blog, he wrote:
I’m thinking about song contests, what a scam they usually are, but don’t have to be. By song contests, I mean all those ones that want a submission fee to enter, promising big prizes if you win, and whose judges are a small group of insiders.
I’ve been running song contests for more than five years. Not the free, open kind.
I know what it takes to run a legitimate song contest. I know what it costs and the human resources involved. As far as I’m concerned, a free song contest is completely out of the question.
Or is it…
Lior’s Free Song Contest Concept
The following conditions are intended to make the cash prize feasible, keep marketing and administration costs low, and recruit song contest judges without compensation by limiting their duties to just a handful of reviews each:
1. One free song contest per year
2. One song entry per artist/band only
3. One category per artist/band only
4. One winner per category
5. Five categories (i.e. Rock, Pop, Country, Urban, Christian)
6. $2000 cash prize for every winner in each category ($10,000 total)
7. Four finalists per category
8. Judges review the finalists only (company staff review the others)
9. No prizes for finalists and runners-up
10. No honorable mentions
11. Limited promotion for the winners
12. No feedback (song critiques available for a fee)
So what do you think?
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