Songwriting Competition '90

The Louisville Area Songwriters' Cooperative announces Songwriting Competition '90. This year's contest includes an expanded categories list, plus some very exciting prizes. Please read the rules carefully before entering.


Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Banquet on November 3, 1990. There are two levels of prizes:

Category Winners

In each category, one winner will be selected. The winner in each category will receive a $50 prize. In addition, the ten category-winning songs will be eligible to compete for the final prizes.

$1000 Grand Prize
$250 Second Place
$100 Third Place

One song from among the ten category finalists will receive a $1000 Grand Prize. There is a second-place prize of $250, and a third-place prize of $100.


Category finalists will be notified by September 30, 1990. Winners in each category and the winners of the Grand Prize, Second and Third Place will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 3, 1990. The Banquet will be held in conjunction with the Songwriting Seminar and Trade Show at the Holiday Inn, 2nd and Broadway, Louisville, Ky. 40202.


Judging will be handled in the following way: preliminary judging will be by non-participating board members of the LASC, resulting in ten finalists in each category. These ten finalists will be given to a three-person panel of judges knowledgeable in the given category to select the winning song in the category. Judges will grade by scoresheet.

In the event that there are not enough entries in any given category, there will be fewer finalists in that category. The Board also retains the right to select more than ten finalists per category, at its discretion.

Grand Prize Judges

The ten category-winning songs will be judged by a panel composed of individuals who work for the three performing rights organizations. These judges are:

Kurt Denny

Assoc. Director Writer / Publisher Relations, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

John Briggs

Regional Membership Director, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Tom Casey

The Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC).


Country N


Karl Shannon - Radio personality, K-93, Lexington, Ky.

Ange Humphrey Davidson - TV personality, recording artist.

A radio personality to be named.

Rock N


Gary Deusner - Agent, Triangle Talent.

Mark Smalley - Owner, Uncle Pleasant's.

A radio personality to be named.

Jazz N


Gus Coin - President, Louisville Jazz Society.

Jamey Aebersold - Louisville-area jazz educator.

Phil Bailey - Host of Jazz Today program, WFPL-FM.

Blues N


Scott Mullins - Host of Saturday Night Blues Hour, WFPL - FM 89.

Rocky Adcock - President, KYANA Blues Society; Business Manager, Louisville Federation of Musicians, Local 11-637.

Kevin Hines - Board Member, KYANA Blues Society.

Folk N


Tucker Thomas - Board member, Louisville Homefront Performances, Kentucky Music Weekend.

Nancy Johnson Barker - Director, Kentucky Music Weekend / Kentucky Music Week.

Joe Wise - Songwriter, children's, gospel, folk music.

Bluegrass N


Berk Bryant - Host, Sunday Bluegrass, WFPL - FM 89.

Steve Cooley - Banjo player for New Horizon, the Dillards.

Gary Brewer - Performer with Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers.

Children's N


Bob Rosenthal - Longtime Louisville performer.

Randy Atcher - Host of T-Bar-V Ranch television program.

Becky Gaskell - Teacher; writer of children's songs.

Other N


Susan Watkins - Lonesome Pine Specials.

Jeffrey Lee Puckett - Pop Music writer, Louisville Courier-Journal.

Kris Bradley - WLSY Radio.

Middle of the Road / Pop


Terry Meiners - Radio personality, WHAS.

George Lindsay - Program Director, WLSY Radio.

Guy Rhodes - Owner, Guy Rhodes Agency.

Gospel / Contemporary Christian / Inspirational N


Dr. Phillip Landgrave - Professor of Church Music and Composition, Southern Baptist Seminary.

Denise Jenkins - Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

Steve Butler - General Manager, WJIE Radio.


The contest is open to receive entries effective August 1, 1990. All entries must be received, not just postmarked, by August 31, 1990.


Entry fees are $8 for LASC members; $10 for non-members. Three songs may be entered for $20 for LASC members; $25 for non-members. Each entry must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to LASC Multiple entries may be paid for by one check.


rules revision

Due to a clerical error, the rules printed in the July 1990 LASC Letter contained some errors. Please submit your entries with the entry form printed in this issue or use one of the green official LASC entry forms that are available. Please do not use the entry form from the July issue of the LASC Letter.