Basically, the contest serves as a sounding bell, a cattle call for great songs across the land, and Blackburn and his staff, ever hopeful in what this region has to offer artistically from years of working with independent artists, feel confident that they will receive submissions that will knock their socks off. And, in sifting through the submissions, the Blackdog staff expects to illuminate a wealth of talent waiting to come forward with great material that simply needs to be honed, crafted, finessed, and polished into its hit potential.
Contest winners will be eligible for cash prizes and free studio time courtesy of Blackdog and local sponsors the Bop Shop, Freetime, WDKX, 94.1 The Zone, and CW Wham.
Applicants are encouraged to make a demo recording of one of their songs (five minutes or less in length) by any means they can find. Even “tin can” recordings will do, says Blackburn, as long as the Blackdog staff can adequately discern the song at the heart of the music. Applicants are also required to send lyrics (if the composition has vocals; instrumental entries are also welcome) and pay an application fee.
Blackburn stresses that there are no stylistic restrictions. If you have a song in you – in any style – that’s just dying to be heard, if you’ve played for yourself and your friends but have always harbored hopes that your song can connect with people... now’s your chance to show the world what you’ve got!