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The European Songwriting Award (ESA) is a songwriting competition that focuses on the craft and the talent of Singer-Songwriters from all over the world! You’re a songwriter & artist? You’re passionate about writing and performing your own songs? Then this is your chance: Make the decision makers from the music industry hear your music! The jury will be made up of top personalities with internationally networked A&Rs deciding who wins the competition!

New in 2019: You can choose between three categories - ‘Singer-Songwriter’ (typical Singer-Songwriter style), ‘Open’ (of course you/your band members have to be the songwriters & artists, but here we are open for all kinds of genres and styles) and ‘Music for Motion Picture’ (advertising, film etc.)!

Award Show with Live-final: On 5 April 2019 at Musikmesse Frankfurt, we'll all come together to award and honor the best songs of our competition! Circle Stage, hall 3.1., 5 - 6 pm

Prize: after the fair, the winners will go straight into the studio to record the song with a professional producer. Then, via a specially founded label, the ESA-songs will be distributed worldwide and pushed with professional radio and online promo!

Special gift: our friends from Musikmesse invite all ESA-participants to the fair - FREE TICKETS valid for the entire duration of Musikmesse (2-5 April 2019) including SongsCon -the convention for songwriters and producers on April 5th, 2019!

HERE ARE THE NOMINEES 2019:

❗️category OPEN❗️

Melody Linhart
Ferhat Türkoglu
Tibi Galea

❗️Category Music for Motion Picture❗️

Francesco Ambrosini
Willi Piccolo
Simona Kairies

❗️Category Singer-Songwriter: finalists ❗️

Here are the finalists for our Live-battle at Musikmesse on April 5th:

Gloria Galassi
Joanna Gypser
Sebastien Parentin

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Categories

Singer-Songwriter
— you perform your own song, typical Singer-Songwriter style
Open
— you are in a band or on your own? Hardrock, Pop, Classical Music, Experimental, Alternative or whatever? There are no limitations! Only condition: you have to be the songwriter & performer
 
Music for Motion Picture
— Film, Advertisement...
 

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The entry fee (ticket) per song is 25 Euro! Of course you can participate with more than one song!

 

About

The ESA is all about the Singer-Songwriters out there!

For us songwriting is the heart of the music industry! Artists, companies and audience alike are profiting from his capabilities. Neither sales nor musical enjoyment without his/her ideas! That’s why we are focusing our competition on the style and the craft of Singer-Songwriters. You’re passionate about writing and performing your own songs? Then the European Songwriting Award is the perfect opportunity for you! A singer-songwriter label especially founded for the ESA guarantees the credibility and expertise to make a singer-songwriter career successful!

After our deadline on 27 March 2019, we'll invite the finalists in our category ‘Singer-Songwriter’ to perform during our final on 5 April 2019 (hall 3.1., Circle Stage, 5 -6 pm) in a 'Live battle' in front of our jury and the audience. The jury will be made up of international A&R's from labels and publishers deciding who wins the competition!

And the prize is in a class of its own: after the fair, the winner will go straight into the studio to work on and record the song with a professional producer. Then, via a specially founded singer-songwriter label, the ESA song will be distributed worldwide and pushed with professional radio and online promotional activities. PLUS: the winner of the Singer-Songwriter-Category will play live in front of thousands of people directly after the final at the Festival Arena of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Center and opens the show for multi-platinum selling Electropop-duo GLASPERLENSPIEL & DJ-legend MOUSSE T. (Sex bomb)!!

Our competiton is all about discovering great songs and performers from all over the world! That's why Musikmesse Frankfurt is an ideal place for the ESA as one of the worlds premier meeting points of the MI sector!

Behind ESA: A strong partnership!

- the entertainment company Terminal 5 is experienced and successful in working with songwriters and artists around the world for more than 10 years! It’s the home of multi-platinum selling artists like Glasperlenspiel. Terminal 5 is also responsible for the Berlin Song Week with the Songs Con, a convention specialized in the craft of songwriters and producers, and the German Songwriting Awards, a competition for songwriters and producers with various categories and the support of all the big players in the music industry (Universal, Warner, Sony, BMG etc.).

- Musikmesse Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organizers! Musikmesse brings together companies with retailers, professionals from the musical-instrument sector and musicians from all over the world. It’s the perfect place for building new business contacts and strengthen existing ones. Songwriters and artists can build up their network and meet an international audience.

 

Dates

 

entry deadline ESA 2019
27 March 2019

Award Show with ‚live‘ final ESA 2019
5 April 2019, 5 -6 pm

 

 

JURY

 
 

Some of our jury-members …

LARS KARLSSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF GSA & NORDIC REGION AT WARNER/CHAPPELL

LARS KARLSSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF GSA & NORDIC REGION AT WARNER/CHAPPELL

LEO CHANTZARAS, SENIOR A&R UNIVERSAL MUSIC POLYDOR/ISLAND

LEO CHANTZARAS, SENIOR A&R UNIVERSAL MUSIC POLYDOR/ISLAND

JANNIS BLOCK, UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING’s CREATIVE MANAGER MUSIC FOR ADVERTISING 6 FILM

JANNIS BLOCK, UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING’s CREATIVE MANAGER MUSIC FOR ADVERTISING 6 FILM

JEAN-SEBASTIEN PERMAL, DIRECTOR @ WOLKEN GROUP & A&R CONSULTANT @ FOUR MUSIC/SONY MUSIC GERMANY

JEAN-SEBASTIEN PERMAL, DIRECTOR @ WOLKEN GROUP & A&R CONSULTANT @ FOUR MUSIC/SONY MUSIC GERMANY

ROBIN SHAW, A&R MANAGER FOUR MUSIC/SONY MUSIC

ROBIN SHAW, A&R MANAGER FOUR MUSIC/SONY MUSIC

PATRICK LIEGL, A&R GUESSTIMATE

PATRICK LIEGL, A&R GUESSTIMATE

 
 
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Label

For the ESA-competition we founded a Singer-Songwriter label, specialized in developing and releasing great Singer-Songwriter music!

 

RULES

Please read the following rules carefully before entering the contest:

01. We are looking for great songwriters, not great producers. A simple home or live recording of a song has the same chance as a professional recording.

02. Entrants retain full song ownership rights and all copyrights to all songs submitted. Entering the contest does not in any way affect the writers' ownership of their songs.

03. Each song must be an original, unreleased musical composition of which the contestant owns the copyright and authority to submit the composition in the contest. Payment for each composition entered in the contest must be made at the time of submission.

04. Entries from all over the world are welcome. There are no limitations on age or nationality.

05. Contestants can enter more than one song into the competition. Also, the same song can be submitted in both categories.

06. The entry fee for one song is 25 EURO. The entry fee is non-refundable.

07. Songs may have multiple co-writers. All co-writers' names should be entered on the entry form. Co-writers names should be seperated by a slash and space (eg: first writer / second writer / third writer) to ensure that names appear correctly on the certificates.

08. The judges decisions are final and binding and entrants agree by entering the contest to accept it.

 

winners

European Songwriting Awards 2018: Congratulations to MEG PFEIFFER & LUCA STRICAGNOLI !!

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  Contact

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to write us!

team: europeansongwritingawards@gmx.net