(The information below was from our 2020 songwriting contest–which ended in March 2020)
QUESTION: Do the songs have to be focused on a particular topic, like mercy? Even though our inSpire gathering is focused on mercy and compassion, the songs that are submitted to the contest DO NOT have to be on this topic. They can be on any topic you choose, but must be about some aspect of spirituality.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have won first place in an inSpire Songwriting Contest within the last three years (2017-2019) as an individual artist or a group, you are not eligible to enter the 2020 inSpire contest. Watch the inSpire Songwriting video.
Your song should be one that you have written and recorded as a video on your smartphone (landscape or horizontal format only. No vertical videos please). We ask that you not use any other recording device other than your phone. You can plug a mic into your phone, but don’t get carried away. We are primarily interested in the song itself, not the production of it. We want to see you in the video playing and/or singing!
Execution – Each song should be submitted as a video (FLV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, or .MOV file). We prefer an acoustic guitar, or piano, singer/songwriter style recording that clearly features the lyrics and allows the construction of the song to shine.
Your song must be created by you and not entered into a previous inSpire songwriting contest. Neither should it be derivative of other copyrighted works. No modified hymns, please.
Song Limit – Each songwriter may submit 2 songs (please submit your lyrics to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submission Fee: $15 for one song, or $25 for two.
Submission Dates – March 15-April 5, 2020.
Membership – Songwriters must be members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North American Division.
Got Questions? – If you have questions or comments, please send us a message.
Winners will be posted here on April 26, 2020.
Copyright and use – Any submissions you make will still be your material. You will retain first rights to everything you create! PLEASE NOTE: We strongly recommend that you copyright your material with the U.S. Library of Congress. By submitting your music to us, you give inSpire the right to share, or possibly feature, your creations on the inSpire website or Facebook wall, and in our inSpire/Renew newsletters.
There are two tracks to accommodate different ages. Payment is non-refundable.
Track 1 – Submission/Registration (March 15-April 5) – Anyone (ages 10 – 15 years) who is a Seventh-day Adventist church member in the North American Division may enter the contest.
Track 2 – Submission/Registration (March 15-April 5) – Anyone (ages 16 years or older) who is a Seventh-day Adventist church member in the North American Division may enter the contest.
Snail Mail: We recommend that your submission(s) be made online. However, if you cannot do this, you may submit your entry via snail mail. Please send it on a CD to Pacific Union Conference, Songwriting Contest, Church Support Services, P.O. Box 5005, Westlake Village, CA 91359. Make check payable to Pacific Union Conference ($15 for one song, or $25 for two). Put your song(s) on a CD and mail it to the above address.
Employees of the Pacific Union Conference (and their immediate family members), judges, staff or members of the inSpire organizing committee (and their immediate family members), may submit works, but are ineligible to receive awards.**
Awards for Track 1: (1) First place – $150. (2) Second place – $100. (3) Third place – $50.
Awards for Track 2: (1) First place – $300. (2) Second place – $200. (3) Third place – $100.
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