Bernard Ebb Songwriting Awards Application

 

Overview

The second 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. 

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.

Applicants are invited to submit three original songs. Each song must have lyrics. All genres are accepted. Maximum song length is 4:30min. Finalists will be invited to perform their songs on March 4, 2016.


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 4, 2016 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.  Each finalist will perform two of the songs 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

  • Erin Barra: Songwriting Professor at Berklee College of Music;  Songwriter; Producer; Audio-Tech Consultant 
  • Adam Gwon: Musical theater writer; Winner of the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theater songwriting
  • Byron Hill: Nashville-based, Award-Winning Songwriter


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 (please see separate application). Young Songwriter entrants must be born after November 6, 1997.

Applicants must be available to perform their original songs for a live audience in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday, March 4, 2016.

*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 2014 and 2015 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.

 

 
Important Dates


Deadline for application:

Friday, November 6, 2015

Performance Date and
Award Announcement:
Friday, March 4, 2016

Application Fee:

$30 – General Applicant
$25 – Young Songwriter

 

 
Online Application:
submit Create an account and complete the form.
Major credit cards accepted.


Mail-in Application:
Download the PDF application.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 6, 2015 to:
Bernard Ebb Songwriting Competition,
c/o Bethesda A & E District
7700 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814.

Questions? Contact Laura Foit at lfoit@bethesda.org