The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is a truly unique event where songwriters are challenged to write a new, original song inspired by the art on show at Mathew Street’s independent View Two Gallery.
Returning for its sixth year, the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2016 launched on 10th September and entries close on Sunday 9th October.
To enter the challenge a songwriter chooses a piece of art on display at the View Two Gallery and has until the closing date to write a brand new song inspired by it, and submit it as a recording along with a copy of the lyrics and a photo of the art. The judges will listen to the art-inspired songs and mark each one for lyrics, melody, composition and originality.
The top ten songs will be performed at the Showcase Final on the evening of Friday 25th November where the Judges’ Award winner will be announced. The Audience Favourite song will also be chosen.
The winning songs in the two categories – Judges Award and Audience Favourite – will be professionally recorded at Liverpool’s Crosstown Studios.
The View Two Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 12.00pm to 5.00pm and at other times by appointment. Contact and location details can be found at viewtwogallery.co.uk
Full information about the Songwriting Challenge, including a the rules, an FAQ, background to the event, and the entry form can all be found on the website.
Have a listen to 2015 winner Maria Silker with her song The Right Goodbye.
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.
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