Songwriter Career Mentors For Inaugural Song Competition Announced

New York, NY – April 21, 2014 – The Songwriters Hall of Fame Career Mentors who will participate as part of the prize package for the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition were announced today. The lineup is headed by Chairman Jimmy Webb (“Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”), and will include such legendary songwriters as Desmond Child (“Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “‘Angel”), Don Schlitz (“The Gambler,” “Forever And Ever, Amen,” “On The Other Hand”)and Paul Williams (“Evergreen,” “The Rainbow Connection,” “We’ve Only Just Begun”). All Mentors are esteemed SHOF Inductees who will provide a one-hour creative and career mentoring session to one of each of the four Second Place prize winners. For more about the Songwriters Hall of Fame Career Mentors, go to

The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s inaugural professional Song Competition “by songwriters, for songwriters,”   presented by the SHOF and Universal Music Publishing Group, along with exclusive contest partners Sonicbids and Epiphone, kicked off on March 24th.

Entries will be screened by a listening committee who will select the finalists. Songwriters will be evaluated by a panel of industry professionals including legendary songwriters, producers and publishers. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics.

The overall Grand Prize winner will be given the opportunity to enter into an exclusive Universal Music Publishing Group contract, will receive an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar, two tickets to the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala, and recognition from the stage. Four Second Place Winners will receive a one-hour creative and career mentoring session with a legendary songwriter who has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, two spectator tickets to the 2015 Annual Induction and Awards Gala and the Epiphone guitar. All prize winners will be featured in an article in the 2015 Gala Dinner Journal, circulated to the music industry’s creative and business elite, and have their music and bio profiled on a page of the website, visited by thousands of industry professionals each month.

Submissions and other information are available on the Sonicbids website.