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, vocalist, and technologist with over 20 years experience in recording and production

Your Road to Opportunity Starts Here

$1,000 Cash

Quarterly grand prizes include cash awards and additional promotional and industry mentoring packages

Sync Promotions

Win a chance to get your music in film, TV, commercials, video games and other emerging media projects


All entrants receive ongoing feedback on songs with increasing granularity as the contest progresses


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

Media Exposure

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


Sponsored by The Country Showdown, the largest and longest running country music talent competition in the US, now in its 36th year

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