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Overview
The fifth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards is searching for the best songwriters in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The competition, founded by Cathy Bernard, is named in honor of Fred Ebb, one of the great American songwriters and creator of Broadway hits such as Cabaret and Chicago and iconic songs including New York, New York

Applicants are invited to submit three original songs. Each song must have lyrics. Therefore, instrumental compositions are not accepted. All genres are accepted. Maximum song length is 4:30min. 

 The adjudicated contest will award one talented songwriter a Grand Prize of $10,000. A young songwriter who is 17 or younger will also be honored with $2,500. (*Please see alternate application form for Young Songwriter entries.)

The Grand Prize Winner will also be awarded 25 hours of recording studio time and 2 hours of music business strategy consulting with Dave Mallen at Innovation Station Music in Annandale, VA. As one of the area's top Music Producers, Dave has a particular focus on song and artist development, and will guide the contest winner through his highly personalized and collaborative approach to music creation. Winners may use the 2 hours of strategic consulting time for informal career guidance, or to offset the cost of a full, customized Strategic Plan, a uniquely valuable offering that has helped launch the careers of a number of musical artists in the DC area. 

Judging
The contest will be a multi-staged, adjudicated competition. Jurors will include professional artists, venue operators, booking agents and music academia. The jury will select the finalists who will perform their original songs during a concert in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. Each finalist will perform two of the songs they submitted for the competition. The Grand Prize Jury will attend the concert to select the winners. The winning songwriter and young songwriter will be announced at the close of the show.

Grand Prize Jury

  • Christopher Dimond, a New York-based playwright and lyricist, known for his work with composer Michael Kooman, with whom he received the 2013 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting. Chris has won the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, and a NYFA Fellowship. Chris & Michael’s projects include The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, Orphie & the Book of Heroes, The Enlightenment of Percival Von Schmootz. He and Michael founded the ASCAP Foundation Musical Theater Songwriting Project, a program dedicated to training young songwriters.  
  • Donnie Lewis, otherwise known as "Mad Skillz," is a hip hop artist, rapper, producer and songwriter who splits his time between Richmond, VA and Los Angeles, CA. His debut album From Where??? was released by Atlantic Records in 1996. He went on to work with artists including Timbaland and Missy Elliott and has written songs for many including P. Diddy and Will Smith. Most recently he was an artist-in-residence at the University of Richmond and co-taught a course on hip-hop, “Voices of Hip Hop in America.”
  • Jenn Schott, a Nashville-based songwriter who has worked with top-selling recording artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Lucy Hale, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lonestar. Jenn’s credits include notable singles such as, Mickey Guyton’s “Better Than You Left Me,” Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom,” Restless Heart’s “Feel My Way To You,” Billy Ray Cyrus’s “A Good Day,” and Lucy Walsh’s “1882.” 

Judging Criteria

  • Composition
  • Lyrics
  • Originality
  • Melody/Harmony

Eligibility
Songwriters who are 18 years of age or older and are permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. are invited to apply. Songwriters who are 17-years-old and younger are eligible to enter under the Young Songwriter category (Young Songwriter entrants must be born after November 5, 2000. Please see separate application). 

Applicants must be available to perform their original songs for a live audience in Bethesda,  Maryland on Friday, March 8, 2019.
*Please see application to list an alternate performer if the songwriter is not also the singer. 

The names and addresses of all contributing writers must be included in the entry form. It is the responsibility of the entrant to divide any prizes with co-writers as appropriate.

A lyric sheet must be included for each song.

The Grand Prize Winner and Young Songwriter Winner will  be given local performance opportunities in the months following their award. Events and dates are forthcoming. The Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards requests that the winners are available for each performance opportunity. 

Restrictions

  • Applicants must not have made more than $5,000 in publishing royalties in 2017 and 2018 combined. 
  • Entrants can’t be employed as a staff writer for a publishing company, nor have been paid for such services by a publishing company. 
  • All submissions must be original and the sole work of the writer(s) listed. Entries shall not infringe on any copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property rights or any other rights of a third party. Submissions that violate these terms will be immediately disqualified. Applicants shall hold Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District from and against claims inconsistent with these requirements. Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful or restricted submissions. 
  • All songwriters must be permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. 
  • Songwriters must appear on only one application. Songwriters may not be listed on more than one submission, including as a co-writer.  

Notifications
Finalists will be notified approximately 4-6 weeks before the live performance in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information about the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards please visit www.bethesda.org.

Overview
The fifth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards is searching for the best young songwriters in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The competition, founded by Cathy Bernard, is named in honor of Fred Ebb, one of the great American songwriters and creator of Broadway hits such as Cabaret and Chicago and iconic songs including New York, New York. The adjudicated contest will award one talented, young songwriter who is 17 or younger, $2,500.

Applicants are invited to submit two original songs. Each song must have lyrics. Therefore, instrumental compositions are not accepted. All genres are accepted. Maximum song length is 4:30min. *Young Songwriter entrants (including co-writers/performers) must be born after November 5, 2000.

Judging
The contest will be a multi-staged, adjudicated competition. Jurors will include professional artists, venue operators, booking agents and music academia. The jury will select the finalists who will perform their original songs during a concert in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.  Each finalist will perform one of the songs they submitted for the competition. The Grand Prize Jury will attend the concert to select the winners. The winning songwriter and young songwriter will be announced at the close of the show.

Grand Prize Jury

  • Christopher Dimond, a New York-based playwright and lyricist, known for his work with composer Michael Kooman, with whom he received the 2013 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting. Chris has won the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, and a NYFA Fellowship. Chris & Michael’s projects include The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, Orphie & the Book of Heroes, The Enlightenment of Percival Von Schmootz. He and Michael founded the ASCAP Foundation Musical Theater Songwriting Project, a program dedicated to training young songwriters.  
  • Donnie Lewis, otherwise known as "Mad Skillz," is a hip hop artist, rapper, producer and songwriter who splits his time between Richmond, VA and Los Angeles, CA. His debut album From Where??? was released by Atlantic Records in 1996. He went on to work with artists including Timbaland and Missy Elliott and has written songs for many including P. Diddy and Will Smith. Most recently he was an artist-in-residence at the University of Richmond and co-taught a course on hip-hop, “Voices of Hip Hop in America.”
  • Jenn Schott, a Nashville-based songwriter who has worked with top-selling recording artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Lucy Hale, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lonestar. Jenn’s credits include notable singles such as, Mickey Guyton’s “Better Than You Left Me,” Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom,” Restless Heart’s “Feel My Way To You,” Billy Ray Cyrus’s “A Good Day,” and Lucy Walsh’s “1882.” 

Judging Criteria

  • Composition
  • Lyrics
  • Originality
  • Melody/Harmony

Eligibility
Songwriters who are 17-years-old or younger and are permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. are invited to apply. Young Songwriter entrants (including co-writers/performers) must be born after November 5, 2000.

Applicants must be available to perform their original songs for a live audience in Bethesda,  Maryland on Friday, March 8, 2019.
*Please see application to list an alternate performer if the songwriter is not also the singer. 

The names and addresses of all contributing writers must be included in the entry form. It is the responsibility of the entrant to divide any prizes with co-writers as appropriate. 

A lyric sheet must be included for each song.

The Young Songwriter Winner will  be given local performance opportunities in the months following their award. Events and dates are forthcoming. The Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards requests that the winner is available for each performance opportunity. 

Restrictions

  • Applicants must not have made more than $5,000 in publishing royalties in 2017 and 2018 combined. 
  • Entrants can’t be employed as a staff writer for a publishing company, nor have been paid for such services by a publishing company. 
  • All submissions must be original and the sole work of the writer(s) listed. Entries shall not infringe on any copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property rights or any other rights of a third party. Submissions that violate these terms will be immediately disqualified. Applicants shall hold Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District from and against claims inconsistent with these requirements. Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful or restricted submissions. 
  • All songwriters must be permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. 
  • Songwriters must only appear on one application. Songwriters may not be listed on more than one submission, including as a co-writer.  

Notifications
Finalists will be notified approximately 4-6 weeks before the live performance in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information about the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards please visit www.bethesda.org.

Bethesda Urban Partnership