the German Songwriting Awards ARE an annual song contest whose mission is
About the gsc........
encourages and supports the art of songwriting
is connected to Berlin`s music industry. Various labels and media companies are partner in this contest
the award show is part of the Songmonk Music Expo
is part of the SongMonk labels A&R network giving release opportunities for winning songs.
This a unique feature of this contest. Each song category is connected to release options at a song label
helps to get songwriter noticed
expected to award over 100.000 EUR worth in prizes
is open for songwriters from every country
charges among the lowest entry fees of comparable contests
helps discovering new talented songwriter and their songs
gives SingerSongwriter the opportunity to perform at the SongMonk Music Expo
is based in Berlin, a place attracting musicians from all over the world and a
starting point for music to travel the world
has an international focus. English, German,Spanish and French lyrics are welcome
chartradio style top 40 popular music.
alternative presented by flux fm radio
all types and styles of alternative music f.e. indie rock
This is a perfect category for performers who are also songwriters. Songs can be in any style or genre.
The only rule is that the songwriter sings their own song. In this category the performance and vocals
are judged along with the songwriting.
(NOTE: This is the only category where the vocals are also judged, in all other categories vocals are not judged)
EDM presented by radio energy
all types and styles of commercial electronic dance music.
Great songs need great song lyrics. Judges in the lyric Writing category focus on the effective use of lyrical technique —
imagery, rhyming and lyric development. Judges also consider how successfully a lyric might be adapted to music and selected by
established recording artists. The popular category for lyricists.
Many people are experimenting with videos to go with their songs these days. It is important to note that in this category it is the video,
and not the song, that is the main focus of attention for the judges. You may also enter the same song as an audio recording in one of the
other categories and also enter your video of the song in the Video catgeory. Both entry versions of the song will be judged separately. To
enter this category we will ask for a link to watch your video which must already be online somewhere for viewing (eg on YouTube, Vimeo,
Daily Motion, Facebook, Twitter, your own website etc).
all types and styles of rock including alternative rock and heavy metal Label
HipHop / Rap
urban classical music
music for children
In addition to the main winners' prizes there is also something for everyone in this event.
Everyone who enters the GSC receives a valuable gift package consisting of six
weeks of song pitching opportunities and a selection of songwriting courses at
www.songmonk.com worth € 150 each
Just for entering (these prizes will be distributed to all entrants after
the close of the contest). Plus everyone has the chance be featured on the
prestigious "best of GSC“ music industry promo album.
We expect to award over € 100,000 worth of prizes to entrants this year!
Participating songwriters receive written evaluations of their songs from experience
music-industry pro`s the main winner prizes:
- song record deal offers for each category
- media coverage
- co-writing possibilities with prestigious songwriters
- song of the year (Award Show in Berlin)
- singer songwriter of the year (award show)
Daniel Schmidt Head of A&R Polydor/Island Universal Music Group
Christoph Pancke A.S.S. Concerts und Promotion
Mousse T &
Errol Rennalls Songwriter/DJ/Producer
heavy rock category
Martin Lanzerath A&R SPV
Urban Classical category
Jochen Schuster A&R Sony
Alexandra Ziem A&R Universal
German schlager category
Rudi Schedler Owner Schedler Musikverlage
Stefan Harder Senior A&R Warner Music
Daniel Grunenberg Songwriter/Producer „Glasperlenspiel"
Stefan Friedrich Head of Service & Solutions at Energy Radio
Markus Kühn Managing Director Flux FM Radio
Friday, January 8
contest opens for entries
Tuesday, June 16