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Congratulations to our Season 3 Country Showdown Songwriting Contest winner, Levi Gangi! Read on to learn more about his long line of musical experiences and what he has coming up next.

  1.   November 29th, 2017
  2.   News

Why Should you enter Season 4 of the Country Showdown Songwriting Contest?

You could win up to $1,000 cash

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


Get noticed and earn a sync promotion

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


Get feedback on multiple songs

All entrants receive ongoing feedback on multiple songs from big name industry insiders and decision makers


Increase you networking with included SoundEmerge

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


Get media exposure

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


Increase your credibility

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

  1.   October 17th, 2017
  2.   Legal

Its a great time for a Showdown!

  1.   May 10th, 2017
  2.   News




  1. To register, entrants must sign up for a “Country Showdown Songwriting Contestant“ profile on SoundEmerge, the independent and unsigned artist discovery platform hosted by American Music Channel. Any contest registration fees must be paid at the time of account creation.

  2. To enter the Songwriting contest, there is a non-refundable fee of $49.00 for every quarter that you wish to compete. Major credit cards are accepted.

  3. Contest entrants are automatically granted Platinum level access to SoundEmerge, and will not be charged the standard monthly access fee for the duration of the contest (3 months). After the contest period expires, registrants will be automatically enrolled in the standard $10/month Platinum plan, which can be easily canceled at any time after the contest.

  4. By registering, you grant Country Showdown and American Music Channel the right to utilize your name, likeness, image, voice, appearance, and song worldwide in advertising, trade or other lawful promotional purposes whatsoever, in any and all media now known or thereafter developed, without compensation for a period of two years.

  5. Submissions can be uploaded at any time during the competition, and six finalists will be selected, on a rolling basis, for each two week period of the contest.

  6. An entrant can opt out at any time by logging on to their account and deleting their contest entry submission. This will remove your submission from the competition.

  7. Upload and enter as many submissions as allowed by the Platinum SoundEmerge access rules. The submissions may be YouTube/Vimeo videos or mp3 files not to exceed five minutes. Country Showdown is not responsible for faulty file uploads; please see the contest page and contestant group page(s) for audio/video format and encoding help.

  8. Submissions must be the entrant’s original work (co-writers allowed). An entrant who claims ownership may be disqualified if a musical copyright exists in another name. Upon request, entrant must provide acceptable documentation to prove ownership in the form of a certificate of copyright, registration with ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC or a notarized copy of the application for the copyright.

  9. Songs must not have been performed on a record listed in R&R or Billboard within the past 12 months.



  1. You must be at least eighteen years of age or have a parent or legal guardian provide consent on your registration form.

  2. No lyrics considered offensive may be entered. Country Showdown and American Music Channel have sole authority to disqualify music for any reason.

  3. The six bi-weekly winners are automatically entered into the final round of competition held in August 2017.

  4. In the event of a tie, Country Showdown will hold a three-day run-off for the song receiving the most votes.



The Songwriting competition begins in June for three months. Each bi-weekly contest round begins on alternating Mondays of the contest. Voting by online registered fans begins immediately and runs through the last day of the contest. Finalists will be selected at most one time, with additional votes not counting toward their final round. Votes are cast by users clicking the “Like” button on the entrant’s submission which is publicly available on SoundEmerge. The top five entrants for each biweekly period will be featured on the contest website and will be named as finalists. An additional “wildcard” slot is reserved for judges to promote an entry that is particularly suitable or noteworthy of being a finalist.

After the last bi-weekly round, the group of named finalists will be evaluated by a panel of judges composed of industry songwriters and insiders who will announce the winner before the beginning of the next quarter’s competition. One of the finalists will be granted the title of “Best Written Country Song.”



Each bi-weekly finalist will receive a free 1-year Diamond-level subscription to SoundEmerge which includes promotion and recognition on The Country Showdown, American Music Channel, and their various online, print, and social media outlets. Their song will be listed under the “Featured Songs” on American Music Channel’s contest portal for the following 2 week period. The Grand Prize winner will receive a check for $1,000 and an award placard. The winner will be also awarded an eighteen month contract with MasterRecs to promote his or her song to music supervisors in every media category and approximately 2,000 music end users who make the decisions as to what music they license for their projects. MasterRecs is a boutique music production and licensing company headed by Emmy Winning composer and songwriter, Ken Barken, and legendary producer, songwriter, Dennis Lambert.



Winners will be announced and notified at the end of each biweekly period via the contestant group page and via email. Winners will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 7 days of notification before any prizes are issued. Failure to comply will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits for winners under 18 years of age must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian.



This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Country Showdown and American Music Channel have the sole authority to resolve any disputes that arise during the competition. Their decision is final.

The entrant shall hold Country Showdown, American Music Channel and all competition sponsors harmless from and against any and all claims arising from this contest.


  1.   May 10th, 2017
  2.   Legal

Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Web site of the American Music Channel (“AMC” “we” or “us”). Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the collection and use of the personal information you submit on Web pages where this policy is posted.

As we operate internationally, and many of our computer systems are currently based in the United States, your personal data will be processed by us in the United States, where data protection and privacy regulations may not offer the same level of protection as in other parts of the world, such as the European Union. If you create a user account with this site as a visitor from outside the United States, you will be asked during the initial registration to consent to the collection and/or processing in the United States of your personally identifiable information, which includes the use of cookies as described below.


At the American Music Channel Web site, you may be able to order products, enter contests, vote in polls or otherwise express an opinion, subscribe to one of our services such as our online newsletters, or participate in one of our online forums or communities. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected at these pages include: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information, and information about your interests in and use of various products, programs, and services.

At the American Music Channel Web site, you may be able to submit information about other people. For example, you might submit a person's name and e-mail address to send an electronic greeting card and, if you order a gift online and want it sent directly to the recipient, you might submit the recipient's name and address. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected about other people at these pages include: recipient's name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

At certain parts of some of our sites, only persons who provide us with the requested personally identifiable information will be able to order products, programs, and services, or otherwise participate in the site's activities and offerings. We also collect certain non-personally identifiable information when you visit many of our Web pages such as the type of browser you are using (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer), the type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, etc.), and the domain name of your Internet service provider (e.g., Comcast, Verizon, Sprint, etc.).


We use the information you provide about yourself to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services, to respond to your inquiries about our offerings, and to offer you other products, programs or services that we believe may be of interest to you.

We use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests or when we make changes to our subscriber agreements, to fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or to contact you about your account with us.

We use the information that you provide about others to enable us to send them your gifts or cards. From time to time, we also may use this information to offer our products, programs, or services to them.

The information we collect in connection with our online forums and communities is used to provide an interactive experience. We use this information to facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, from time to time, to offer you products, programs, or services.

If you choose to submit content for publication (e.g., a “letter to our editors”), we may publish your screen name and other information you have provided to us. We use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage, as well as to offer you products, programs, or services.

We may disclose personally identifiable information in response to legal process, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency’s request or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our terms of use, or as otherwise required by law. In addition, we may transfer information about you if we are acquired by or merged with another company.

Agents and contractors of American Music Channel who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for American Music Channel.

Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

At some places on our Site, we may ask your permission to disclose personally identifiable information about you to companies whose practices are not covered by this Privacy Policy (e.g., other marketers, magazine publishers, retailers, participatory databases and non-profit organizations) that want to market products or services to you. If at some point you grant us permission to transfer your information for these purposes and later decide that you no longer want us to do so, simply send us an email and we will edit your preferences accordingly.

We may, on occasion, combine information we receive online with outside records to enhance our ability to market to you those products or services that may be of interest to you. When registering with our site, we provide you with an opportunity to express your preferences with respect to receiving details about other products and services from American Music Channel and about products and services from selected third parties. If you ever decide in the future that you would like to update these preferences, you may do so by sending us an email and we will edit your preferences accordingly. Finally, we will not use or transfer personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you with an opportunity to opt out of these unrelated uses.


Some of our sites contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Visitors should consult the other sites' privacy policies, as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

We sometimes may offer content (e.g., contests, showcases, or promotions) that is sponsored by or co-branded with identified third parties. By virtue of these relationships, the third parties may obtain personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily submit to participate in Site activity. We have no control over these third parties' use of this information. The Site will notify you at the time of requesting personally identifiable information if these third parties will obtain such information.

At the American Music Channel Web site, reputable third parties may present or serve the advertisements. Our Privacy Policy does not cover any use of information that a third party ad server may collect from you.


We send "cookies" to your computer primarily to enhance your online experience. "Cookies" are files that can identify you as a unique customer and store your personal preferences as well as technical information (including click through and click stream data). Cookies can either be permanent (i.e., they remain on your computer until you delete them) or temporary (i.e., they last only until you close your browser). We may also use "Web beacons" that monitor your use of our Sites. Web beacons (or Web bugs) are small strings of code that provide a method for delivering a graphic image on a Web page for the purpose of transferring data, such as the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the Web beacon appears, the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the page on which the Web beacon appears, the time the page containing the Web beacon was viewed, the types of browser that fetched the Web beacon and the identification number of any cookie on the computer previously placed by that server. When corresponding with you via HTML capable e-mail, Web beacons let us know whether you received and opened our e-mail.

If you choose to furnish the site with personally identifiable information, this information can be stored in or linked to other data stored in the cookies/Web beacons.

By accepting this Privacy Policy, you specifically agree to our use of cookies and Web beacons as described herein. You may adjust your browser to reject cookies from us or from any other Web site. Additionally, by setting your Web browser to display HTML e-mails as text only, you may be able to prevent the use of some Web beacons. Please consult the "Help" section of your browser for more information. However, certain areas of our Sites can only be accessed in conjunction with cookies or similar devices and you should be aware that disabling cookies or similar devices might prevent you from accessing some of our content.


We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.


To access the personally identifiable information that this Site has collected about you online from the pages on which this Privacy Policy is posted, to correct factual errors in such information, or to update your interests, preferences or other portions of your user profile, please contact site the administrator.

To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.


Visitors to this Site may participate in many activities without providing any personally identifiable information. However, if a user wants to participate in certain of our interactive features, we ask the user to register and provide us with the following information: the user's e-mail address and age information. When the person who registers indicates that he or she is under 13, we will either collect no personally identifiable information from that individual or inform the child that a parent's verifiable consent is required or we will collect the e-mail address of the user's parent in addition to the user's e-mail address. We use the parent's e-mail address to seek the parent's verifiable consent or notify the parent of his/her child's online activities and enable the parent to unsubscribe his/her child from a newsletter or other similar activity. If a user is under 13, we will not condition his/her participation in an online activity on the disclosure of more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity. We do not share children's information with outside third parties not bound by this Privacy Policy. If you would like to review any personally identifiable information that we have collected online from your child, have this information deleted, and/or request that there be no further collection or use of your child's information or if you have questions about these children information practices, you may contact us at American Music Channel, Inc., 1319 Devens Drive, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027.


From time to time, we may update this privacy notice. We will notify you about material changes in the way we treat personally identifiable information by placing a notice on our site. We encourage you to periodically check back and review this policy so that you always will know what information we collect, how we use it, and to whom we disclose it.


If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or its implementation you may contact us at American Music Channel, Inc., 1319 Devens Drive, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027.

  1.   May 10th, 2017
  2.   Legal
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