Bentonville Songwriter Contest


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As a songwriter or musician, our community thinks of you like family, and it goes without saying that our thoughts are with everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


During these difficult days, music has played an essential role in helping to bring us together and lift our spirits. As a thank you, we invite you to submit your songs and music to our Bentonville Songwriter Contest! This opportunity will not only give the winner free studio time at Haxton Road Studios but also gives helps share the winner's music with a regional audience! The judges have awarded Aaron Smith the winner of our Bentonville Songwriters Contest! Click here to read more about Aaron and his passion for music. 



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The Bentonville Songwriter Contest is an excellent opportunity for songwriters, musicians, and performers to win a free professional studio recording and gain recognition and exposure in Northwest Arkansas. You'll also receive gift cards for Bentonville restaurants!


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  • Each contest participant is allowed to submit one song. 
  • Each song submitted must be a contestant's original work. 
  • The song must be about Bentonville and/or Arkansas. 
  • Song may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. 
  • Song may have multiple co-writers, but please designate all names on the online application. 
  • Song must be presented as an audio file + lyric sheet. 
  • Note that Visit Bentonville and Haxton Road Studios are not responsible for late, damaged, misdirected, or faulty file uploads accompanying online entries.
  • The winning song contestant will receive one free 2-hour studio session at Haxton Road Studios.
  • The winner will also receive two $50 gift cards for Bentonville, Arkansas restaurants. 
  • The winner will also receive free social media promotion with their winning song on Visit Bentonville and Haxton Road Studio social channels with a paid boost.  
  • The contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters. 
  • Winners will be chosen by a select panel of judges comprised of noted songwriters, producers, local business leaders, tourism leaders, and music industry professionals. 
  • Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics (when applicable). 
  • The quality of production will not be considered. 
  • Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is responsibility of winners. 
  • Winners will be notified by email or phone and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 14 days of notification date. 
  • The affidavit will state that the winner's song is original work, and he/she holds all rights to the song. 
  • Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification, and an alternate winner will be selected. 
  • Parent or legal guardian must countersign affidavits for winners under 18 years of age at time of award. 
  • Affidavits subject to verification by Visit Bentonville, Haxton Road Studios and their agents. 
  • Entry constitutes permission to use winner's names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
  • Winners will be announced by May 29, 2020.
  • The winner will also receive free social media promotion with their winning song on Visit Bentonville and Haxton Road Studio social channels with a paid boost.  

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AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Christian, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, and World Music. Entrants may submit one song.