Welcome to the MAS Solo Songwriting Challenge
One of the benefits of your MAS membership is participating in our songwriting challenges. We finished up a cowrite challenge a month or so ago, and now it's time to do a bit of solo writing.
Participating is easy.
- Register using the form below before the posted deadline.
- Wait for your prompt to be e-mailed to you after the registration period is over.
- When you get your prompt, start writing.
- Submit your song anytime within the following 30-days.
- We'll post your song up on our website right with all the other submissions.
You’ll find out exactly what the prompt is and what you'll be writing about on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
For a little extra fun.
And to toss a little extra fun in it, some of the prompts come straight from MAS members themselves, without them even knowing.
Could be something someone said in a meeting. A snippet of an e-mail. We've even used the letters of the scale which randomly showed up in someone's name.
You just never know if you'll be a victim… err subject of the extra fun.
But hey, we’ve got to get you registered…
The deadline to register is 11:59 PM Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
To sweeten the deal, when you register, you'll get an incredibly insightful MAS Craft Workshop session absolutely FREE to keep, just for participating in the challenge.
You'll get an hour and fifty-one-minutes of in dept instruction by MAS's Education Director and Berklee College of Music Certified Songwriter, Chad Shank.
You'll be using this session as part of your prompt, so for now… it's a secret!
Go ahead and Register Now!
Just fill in your individual information and send it, so we know you are in.
Here’s how it works.
I know you're excited to find out your prompt and get writing. But the writing won't start until Wednesday, April 21, we want everyone to get a chance to register.
When the registration deadline is over, we’ll send you an e-mail with your writing prompt, a reminder of the challenge deadline, and of course your FREE craft workshop download.
We have three prompt levels we'll send you. Choose one after you get them:
- Huh, okay. Seems easy enough.
- Umm sure. A challenge but I'll go for it.
- Yeah baby! Bring it on!
You choose the level of difficulty.
Once the registration deadline is over, you’ll get a whopping 30-days to write the song.
It's not a race.
It’s not a contest.
It's not who can write the most tricked out multi-track song.
It’s simply a fun challenge for you to write a song the same time as your fellow MAS songwriters.
Lyrics only, instrument-vocal, or a cappella vocal tracks are welcome. Whether you're a beginner, or a seasoned writer, this challenge is for you!
Submitting your song.
When you get your prompt e-mail containing your free craft download, you'll also get a link to the song submission form…
You may submit your song anytime after you get your prompt on Wednesday, April 21 and before the deadline 11:59 PM Friday, May 21, 2021.
When time is up, and we have a chance to post all the songs entered, we’ll show you where to check them out.
You'll be able to hear what your fellow MAS members wrote, using the same information you got.
Half the fun is finding out how different 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 one of the three prompt levels we sent you, and keeping it family friendly.
Write any genre you like. Make it as long or short as you like (but it's advisable to keep within normal length guidelines).
This is a great opportunity to put some MAS education topics to good use.
Can I co-write with someone?
We offer a quarterly co-writing challenge, If you only co-write that would be the challenge to enter.
Or, you could rise up and accept the challenge to write a song solo.
While we have no way of knowing whether you decided to get help writing your song, we are taking you on your honor it is a solo write upon submission.
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 own the song’s copyrights. We may ask for your permission to let us post it on our YouTube channel and other MAS affiliated public media outlets.
Does my song need to be professionally recorded, mixed in a studio, recorded with multi-instrument tracks and etc.?
Not at all. A lyric only, instrument-vocal, or a cappella vocal track is perfectly fine as well. 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.
You'll have three prompt difficulty levels to choose from.
Also remember, this is a family friendly event… subject matter… matters. MAS has the right to exclude any song submission deemed inappropriate.
By participating in this challenge, you agree to give MAS the right to post your song to a results page on our website. Your song will be accessed by the general public from our website.
If you have any other questions, just send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing your song!