How to Audition for ‘American Song Contest,’ America’s Eurovision
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American Song Contest, America’s answer to Eurovision, is coming to NBC in February, and auditions are open now. If you have an original song you want the country to hear, now is the time to sign up for your chance to appear. You can register on the contest’s website and submit your song.
An artist from each of the 50 states, plus five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., will be represented in the contest. Artists from each location will perform for a chance to be named Best Original Song. The format is based on the long-running songwriting contest Eurovision, which features artists from different countries competing for the title.
How to Sign Up for ‘American Song Contest’
“American Song Contest is scouring the nation looking for artists who own the stage and captivate an audience with original music,” reads the registration website. “From indie to pop, bands to DJ’s, rap to singer-songwriters, signed or independent, we will be showcasing a diverse array of artists in all genres from across the country.”
The first step to being considered is signing up for an artist account. You must provide your name (the same one on your photo ID), your date of birth, and your email address, and you’ll need to create a password to log in. You’ll be sent an email to confirm your account. From there, you can set up your profile and agree to the terms and conditions.
You’ll be asked to share where you currently live, as well as your hometown. There are several eligibility requirements you should review to make sure you qualify. Artists must be at least 16 years old. Applications will be accepted from all U.S. States, as well as American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.
How to Submit Your Original Song for Consideration
Artists may only submit one song, and it must be original — no covers are allowed. You may not submit a song that has been commercially released on iTunes, Spotify, or similar platforms. If your song has only been shared promotionally on SoundCloud, YouTube, or other similar social media, you may submit it. But keep in mind that if you’re chosen to compete, you’ll have to remove any posts with the song.
If your song has multiple songwriters or producers, you should list everyone’s name on your application. Co-writers don’t have to appear on the show with the artist, but they must grant the necessary rights if the song is selected. If you’ve written a song but you don’t want to perform it on the show, you can still apply, but you’ll need to find a singer or band to perform it.
If you’re a part of a duo or trio, you must submit your song on just one artist account. The contest prefers fully produced songs, but demos are also accepted. Video submissions cannot be uploaded directly to the site — only links to view or download the video will be accepted. There’s also a video recording option that will give you up to five minutes to perform your song.
For more information on what is and isn’t allowed, be sure to look through the FAQs. If you’re submitting a song, good luck! Otherwise, tune in to American Song Contest‘s two-hour premiere February 21 on NBC.