The European Songwriting Award to premiere at Musikmesse 2018, applications are open now

Yamaha, Messe Frankfurt and the organisers of the German Songwriting Awards have initiated a new award for the songwriter community.

Debuting at Musikmesse 2018, Europe’s biggest fair for music making, in April, the European Songwriting Award (ESA) is now taking submissions.

“With the ESA, we are providing an additional opportunity for songwriters to demonstrate their skills to decision makers from the music industry,” said the team of organisers.

The jury will be made up of top personalities and A&Rs with an international network deciding who wins the singer-songwriter competition. And the prize is in a class of its own: after the fair, the winner will go straight into the studio to work on and record the song with a professional producer. Then, via a specially founded singer-songwriter label, the ESA song will be distributed worldwide and pushed with professional radio and online promotional activities.

With Yamaha, the winner can also rely on a potent partner: the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturer will accompany them on their way, help them, connect them and promote them whenever possible.

The final round of the European Songwriting Award will be held at the Yamaha stand in the ‘Portalhaus’ building of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre on Friday, 13th April 2018. The five finalists must perform their song for the jury and the winner will be announced after a brief period for deliberation.

“In cooperation with Musikmesse, we will draw attention to this target group with a multi-faceted programme at the Yamaha stand,” said the team from Terminal 5, which is not only responsible for the German Songwriting Awards but also the Songs Con fair for songwriters and producers in Berlin.

In planning are a panel discussion with A&Rs from labels and publishers followed by a question and answer session, an A&R pitch during which songwriters can play recordings of their songs and receive direct feedback, a songwriting masterclass in which successful professionals will pass on tips and tricks, and a demonstration stage that songwriters can use spontaneously to perform their songs live to the A&Rs.

Songs for the European Songwriting Award can be submitted at The deadline is 10th April 2018.

The five best singer-songwriters will be invited to play live for the award at the finale on 13th April 2018. Seats for the A&R pitch will be allocated at Yamaha and Musikmesse will give all ESA entrants an admission ticket to the fair so that, at all events, they can take advantage of the multi-faceted programme for songwriters and producers on that day (Friday 13th).


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