Friday, September 14 2012 01:00
Nashville, TN - American Songwriter, American Songspace, and Martin Guitar have announced The Pub Deal-- a one of a kind contest that will give away a year-long, $20,000 publishing contract with HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc.
"We're extending this invitation to the Nashville songwriting community and beyond," said American Songspace Creative Director, John Ritchie. "Whether you've had a publishing deal in the past or never had a chance to get your foot in the door... we're excited to reward someone with that title-- "Professional Songwriter."
"Martin Guitar is thrilled to be partnering with American Songwriter, American Songspace and HoriPro on The Pub Deal to help discover great new songwriting talent," said Amani Duncan, VP of brand marketing, Martin Guitar. "Martin Guitar has a long and storied history with many of the country's best songwriters, and we are always excited to support gifted new songwriters!"
The competition is open to songwriters of all levels and will run for 10 weeks beginning September 12, 2012. Songwriters will enter their three best songs for consideration at www.americansongspace.com. American Songwriter, Martin Guitars, and a panel of judges will select 25 Finalists from which the "Top 5" will then be selected for an audition process directly with HoriPro. Auditions will consist of co-writing sessions with HoriPro songwriters and interviews with the publishing company's staff.
HoriPro Senior Vice President Butch Baker said, "Between Martin Guitar's audience and the American Songwriter readership, we could find the next Harlan Howard out there somewhere through this process. And we're excited to do the work to help develop a great songwriter."
HoriPro services catalogs as diverse as George Strait and KISS and represents a staff of songwriters that includes Dean Dillon and Phil O'Donnell. They have offices in Nashville, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan.
"I'm very proud to have our brand associated with the concept. Unlike a typical publishing agreement the songwriter's salary isn't an advance," added Robert Clement, Co-Publisher of American Songwriter Magazine. "They'll have the opportunity to earn money right out of the gate, without that big recoupable cost. It's a songwriter's dream."
Songwriters are encouraged to visit www.americansongspace.com/thepubdeal starting September 12th for more information about "The Pub Deal."
ABOUT AMERICAN SONGSPACE:
A subsidiary of American Songwriter Magazine, American Songspace revolves around the craft and business of songwriting to provide a platform for artists to further their careers.
Celebrating over 20 years as a full-service independent music publisher, HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc. provides a total publishing solution for its valued clients by offering songwriter development, song pitching/plugging, music licensing, record production and first-class administration services.
ABOUT MARTIN GUITAR:
C.F Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size.
One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.
The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line - the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line - which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better.
Martin guitars and Martin Strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies; on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.