Founded in 2012, SongwritingWith:Soldiers (SW:S) is a non-profit that transforms lives by using collaborative songwriting to expand creativity, connections, and strengths. SW:S holds three-day retreats and custom workshops that pair veterans, active-duty and military families with professional songwriters to turn their stories of service and returning home into song.
Many veterans return home from combat and do not seek services, avoiding therapy or military resources because of the stigma associated with PTSD and depression. The Veterans Administration estimates that approximately 20 veterans take their own lives each day, and of those, 14 have little to no contact with the Department.
During SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreats, veterans and active-duty service members are paired with professional songwriters to share stories and craft songs about their experiences, often about combat and the return home. Participants are registered with ASCAP as co-writers of their songs and have ownership.
Sometimes participants know exactly what they want to say in their songs, but most of the time it’s the community of others who know the same struggles that lets participants find their emotions. And it’s the genuinely interested, empathetic ear of the artist that invites participants to openly share very personal stories that they’ve never shared at all.
Composers, Arrangers, and Songwriters: we’ve got another exciting contest for you happening now through the end of December. Upload your sheet music and mp3 recordings to automatically enter the New Year’s Music Selling Contest. The more titles you upload, the greater chance you have of winning!
Let Sheet Music Plus help you accomplish a New Year’s resolution of publishing and selling more of your music. Upload the best-selling title in the below categories and win $300! We encourage you to upload as many titles as possible across the categories below in December, then promote and sell your titles from January 12 – February 15. The submission period has already started so start uploading your titles ASAP!
Here’s how it works:
December 1-31, 2014 – Upload new original compositions and arrangements to your Digital Print Publishing account
January 10, 2015 – All titles will be live on sheetmusicplus.com
January 12 – February 15, 2015 – Selling competition period
February 20, 2015 – Top-selling products at end of selling competition period will be announced
Instrumental: Concert Band, Jazz (Big Band, Combo), Orchestra (full and string), Chamber Ensemble, Solo
Sacred Choral: all voicings
School/Community Choral: all voicings
Piano: solo, 4-hand, duets
Best-Selling Instrumental – $300
Best-Selling Sacred Choral – $300
Best-Selling School/Community Choral – $300
Best-Selling Piano – $300
Stay tuned for more strategies on how to market and promote your music once the competition selling period starts. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or write an email to : email@example.com
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*All entries must be titles uploaded for the first time. Sheet Music Plus reserves the right to disqualify a title due to copyright concerns, violation of contest terms, content deemed inappropriate, or any other reason. Rights to all uploaded titles remain the property of the original owner. All titles associated with this contest are subject to our Digital Print Publishing Terms and Conditions.