Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
In Summer 2011, Hollywood-based music production company HillTop Records established an unprecedented and unique event: A Music Festival for Songwriters, conducted entirely online! The Festival concluded over Labor Day Weekend with seven talented songwriters in ten categories, each receiving cash prizes and recognition for their original material. Since then, HillTop Record’s team of web programmers and music industry professionals have been working hard to make this year’s event—the Second Annual Online Music Festival for Songwriters—even better.
The Festival’s Opening Day is July 2, 2012. From that date on through Labor Day, songwriters will be able to upload their original songs (in mp3 format) and create unique songwriter pages on the Festival’s official website. HillTop Records programmers have made it easier to enter multiple songs this year. Songwriters are able to enter as many songs as they wish free of charge, as long as they own the copyright to the words and music. The words must be in English, and no instrumentals will be accepted. Once they have entered a song into the Festival, songwriters may use their personal homepages for social networking and cross-promotion purposes: They may add links to their own personal websites, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels, Vimeo and so on to create an ever-expanding audience for their songs.
HillTop Records created this event with a single purpose: To celebrate, promote, and reward America’s talented songwriters. Participants are able to use this platform to reach a wider (virtually unlimited!) audience—and even potentially win cash prizes in the process! Last year, the big winner was Steve Euto-Mullis, who took home $1500 in cash awards. His original song “The Master of the Sky” won the Festival Grand Prize of $1000 and the Festival Blue Ribbon, as well as $250 for being the most “liked” song in July and another $250 for the Best Country Song.
This year, those same cash prizes are up for grabs—as are more than a dozen others: $250 for the most “liked” Song in the month of July, the People’s Choice Award (for the song that accumulates the most “like” votes over the course of the entire Festival) worth $500, five Best of Genre Awards (in Rock, Pop, Country, Gospel, and Urban/R&B) each worth $250 with $25 and a Certificate of Recognition going to the runners-up in each Genre, the HillTop Records Award (the winning song will be arranged and recorded by HillTop’s outstanding musicians), and the Grand Prize - $1000 and the Festival Blue Ribbon. One great song could be awarded as much as $2000 cash in this year’s Festival.
What makes these prizes even sweeter is the fact that the HillTop Records Online Music Festival for Songwriters is entirely free—free for songwriters to enter multiple songs, and free for festival-goers to virtually “attend” the event, listen to new music, and vote (by clicking “like”) for their favorites. HillTop Records is constantly on the lookout for new avenues for songwriters, and the Festival is just one prime example. The company maintains a strong online presence, and songwriters under contract often benefit from having a Unique Songwriter Page that can be used for promotional purposes. Euto-Mullis called HillTop “the label that records America’s songs and the company that truly is all about the songwriter.”
To find out more about HillTop Records’ services, including how to win cash prizes at the Second Annual Online Music Festival for Songwriters, visit http://www.hilltoprecords.com or http://www.hilltoprecordsmusicfestival.com. You can also follow on Twitter @HillTopRecords, or @HillTopMusicFestival, or catch up on the latest music industry news at HillTop Records’ official blog (http://hilltoprecords.blogspot.com.)