Country Showdown Songwriting Contest

Cash Prizes

A $1,000 prize can go a long way toward your next project


Leverage 100s of industry pros through SoundEmerge for free with each contest entry


Our artist mentors have over 100 years combined experience in the music industry


Get your music in front of decision makers and industry insiders

Featured Judges and Mentors

Hal Willis

Hal Willis

American Music Channel Founder and CEO, former head of Country Music Television

Mike Newton

Mike Newton

CEO of The Country Showdown, the longest running talent search competition in the US

Kimberly Diamond Taylor

Kimberly Diamond Taylor

Over 20 years of experience in artist development, branding, social media and management

Steve Nordstrom

Steve Nordstrom

Musician and technologist with over 20 years experience in recording and production

Your Road to Opportunity Starts Here

Media Exposure

Contestants and notable participants can win promotional spots on American Music Channel


All entrants receive ongoing feedback on creative works with increased focus on marketability


All contestants get Platinum access to SoundEmerge, the complete social network for music industry professionals


Finalists and winners receive free promotional spots on sponsors' various media outlets


Access to premium features such as career mentors, creative counselors and consultants for personalized guidance


Enroll in short courses on music industry topics that independent and unsigned artists can put to immediate use