Producers of the American Song Contest are ready to slay from sea to shining sea. The spin-off of the wildly popular Eurovision Song Contest has officially launched its submissions and casting site at, appropriately enough, americansongsubmissions.com.
“Based on Eurovision Song Contest, the biggest music competition in the world with a 65-year history and 200 million viewers per year, American Song Contest will feature live performances of original songs representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital,” they write on the site. “Each original song will compete in a LIVE televised event series to win the country’s vote for the Best Original Song.”
“American Song Contest is scouring the nation looking for artists who own the stage and captivate an audience with original music.”
“From indie to pop, bands to DJ’s, rap to singer-songwriters, signed or independent, we will be showcasing a diverse array of artists in all genres from across the country.”
Producers are keen to stress the originality of submissions — a point of difference from the plethora of singing competitions that already exist. On the front page they write: “No Covers! No Tribute Bands! Original Songs ONLY.”
American Song Contest opens submissions period
The web site features an extensive page outlining eligibility for the contest. Among other things, participants must be 16 years or older and “must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security or tax identification number or be legally present in the United States and meet all requirements under United States immigration law and applicable tax law permitting you to participate in all program elements…”
Citizens of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands are also eligible.
The FAQ section stresses that people can only submit one song. Songs that have been released commercially (via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or a similar platform) are NOT allowed. “However, if the song has only been released or shared promotionally” — perhaps through SoundCloud, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube — it can be submitted. But if chosen, all of those posts will need to be removed.
Producers welcome artists who have — or don’t have — record and publishing deals. But they stress that if you do have existing deals, you’ll need to check with your label or publisher if they’re cool with you participating.
Submissions may not exceed 5 minutes.
In the eligibility requirements, producers also tease that filming will take place in Los Angeles and Atlanta, while leaving the door open for other locations too.
“If you are selected as a participant, you will need to be available to the production for approximately four (4) weeks (possibly longer or shorter) sometime between on or about February 11, 2022, through and including on or about April 12, 2022 (actual dates subject to change in Producer’s sole discretion), and be willing to travel to the Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia areas (and possibly other locations) as part of production.”
Contestants may not end up representing the state or territory they think they will. “As part of the application process, you must indicate all states or United States territories with which you have an authentic, deep connection, and if you are selected to participate in the Program, you agree that the Producer will have the ultimate determination of which state or territory you are selected to represent.”
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