Welcome to the MAS Summer Co-writing Challenge
Congratulations! You’re in for some hot songwriting fun.
Because we’re going to get a little help from one of Nashville’s legendary songwriters, Jeffrey Steele.
No, Jeff won’t be talking with us in person or online video or anything. But he is going to help us with our challenge.
You’ll find out how when you get your prompt on June 21, 2020.
But, first things first. We’ve got to get you registered…
The deadline to register is 11:59 PM Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Register before the early bird deadline Wednesday, June 10, 2020 and the Songwriter’s Guide to Finding Song Titles is yours.
Why not get registration out of the way right now?
Some past challenge writers loved it when we randomly picked a co-writer for them. Let us know if you want us to do that for you.
If you have decided to pair up with someone on your own, that’s fine too. They will need to fill out the registration form as well.
Go ahead and Register Now!
Here’s how it works.
I know you're excited to get writing. But the writing won't start until June 21 when everyone has a chance to register.
We’ll send you an e-mail with your writing prompt, who your co-writer is (if we picked one for you), a reminder of the challenge deadline, and your free download just for participating: 11 Essential Tips to a Successful Co-write Session
You’ll have 30-days to write the song.
Just follow the prompt, and let your creativity run away with you.
This is not a race. It’s not a contest either.
It’s simply a fun challenge for you to write a song with someone. A song which wouldn't otherwise have been written.
Submitting your song.
When it's time, we will supply you with a submission form…
Be ready to submit your song anytime after June 21 and before the deadline 11:59 PM Monday, July 20, 2020.
When time is up, and we have a chance to post them online, we’ll show you where to listen to them and announce it to the world.
You'll be able to hear what your fellow MAS members wrote.
It’s always fun to see how different pairs of writers approach one idea and put it in their own style.
Some questions you may have are
What are the rules?
This is a very relaxed challenge. No hard rules other than registration and completion deadlines, using the prompt we send you, and keeping it family friendly.
Write any genre you like. Any structure you like. As long or short as you like (but advisable to keep within normal length guidelines).
This is a great opportunity to put some MAS education topics to good use.
What if my co-writer cancels or backs out from the challenge for any reason?
If your co-writer can’t, or doesn’t wish to complete the challenge for any reason, let us know. We’ll try to find someone to partner with you.
Does MAS have any copyright ownership to my song?
MAS has nothing to do with the song other than publish a link to it on our website. You and your cowriter own the song’s copyrights.
Does our song need to be professionally recorded, mixed in a studio, recorded with multi-instrument tracks and etc.?
Not at all. An instrument-vocal track is perfectly fine. This is about songwriting, not creating a commercial track.
That said, you can dress it up however you’d like. It’s your song.
Can we write about anything we want?
You’ll get a topic or a prompt to use to start writing. Part of the fun for everyone participating is seeing how each song differs but still about the same topic or prompt.
Also remember, this is a family friendly event… subject matter… matters. MAS has the right to exclude any song submission deemed inappropriate.
If you have any other questions, just send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing your song!