Deadline for 2016 Indie International Songwriting Contest Extended to March 18

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SEATTLE — The deadline for entries to the 2016 Indie International Songwriting Contest has been extended to March 18. The first competition of its kind to be conducted entirely online, the Indie International Songwriting Contest has for nearly a decade highlighted the top up-and-coming songwriting talents from around the world. Through March 18, songwriters can submit their own songs in six separate categories, covering pop, folk, Americana and country, rock, Christian music, and instrumental compositions, with a maximum of 150 entries accepted in each. With more than $77,000 that have been awarded since inception, the Indie International is an extremely accessible way for songwriters to gain exposure, obtain feedback from professional judges and critics, and prove to the world their talents.

“With so much interest and so many great entries for the 2016 contest, we decided that extending the deadline was a must,” Indie International representative Luke Rasmus said, “Thanks to our many generous sponsors, the prizes available for this year’s contest are especially attractive, with dozens of valuable rewards awaiting the best entries. We’ve even made it easier than before to enter, so we advise anyone with a great song to share to stop by the site very soon.”

The inaugural Indie International Songwriting Contest was held in 2008 with the aim of using the Internet to put a spotlight on songwriters who worked in the fertile musical spaces outside of the recording industry’s major labels. Immediately attracting attention as an accessible way for talented songwriters from all over to display the fruits of their hard work and for others to discover impressive new talents, the Contest grew quickly over the next few years.

In 2012, the torch was passed, as the Indie International was acquired by Seattle-based Rasmi, LLC. Maintaining the founding mission that had made the Indie International Songwriting Contest into such a successful and popular annual event, the new owners also leveraged their considerable music-industry ties to equip the competition with an even richer assortment of prizes.

Today, the Indie International Songwriting Contest is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious and exciting showcases for independent songwriters from around the world. With thousands of musicians from over 55 countries having entered past editions of the Indie International, the event has grown consistently every year.

For the 2016 Indie International Songwriting Contest, a maximum of 150 entries in each of the six contest categories will be accepted, ensuring that judges will be able to give every entry the attention it deserves. After signing up at the contest site, independent songwriters can easily submit their own songs in any of the Americana and Country, Christian Music, Folk, Instrumental, Pop, or Rock categories while space remains.

Every entry to the Indie International will be reviewed by a respected professional working in the appropriate genre. The basic entry fee of $30 entitles submissions to full consideration for prizes and an overall numerical score, along with individual scores for six separate factors. For an additional $10, entrants can request a written critique from reviewers, allowing for constructive, inexpensive feedback. With all prizes being available in digital form, the Indie International Songwriting Contest operates entirely online, doing away with the hassles typical of other competitions. Entries to the 2016 Contest will be accepted at until March 18 and while openings remain in each category.

About Indie International Songwriting Contest:
Helping independent songwriters from around the world develop, grow, obtain valuable feedback, and show off their best efforts, the Indie International Songwriting Contest is the first competition of its kind to be held entirely online.

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