Submissions are now open for the NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Contest 2021

NewSong Music is now accepting original song entries for its 19th Annual Songwriting and Performance Contest, presented by Citizen Vinyl. The program, whose curated showcases have been an integral part of the national music scene since 2001, is proud to announce a new partnership with North Carolina’s premier vinyl record pressing center to present the showcase and performance contest and songwriting this year. On December 4, Citizen Vinyl will host eight finalists for a socially distanced performance showcase and networking opportunity at its spacious downtown Asheville location.

NewSong Music Founder, Music Producer and Label Manager, Gar Ragland, launched Citizen Vinyl in the fall of 2020 as Founder and CEO, with a mission to bring quality vinyl manufacturing to the music industry. music as North Carolina’s first record pressing facility. Although new to the scene, Citizen Vinyl is quickly establishing itself as one of the nation’s leading vinyl pressing facilities, equipped to handle both small batch orders for independent artists and labels as well as high-volume projects. large scale for major labels. Later this year, the downtown Asheville pressing facility, which also includes a vinyl-themed craft cocktail bar and cafe, an analog music and art store, and an intimate performance space , will host eight of North America’s most talented emerging artists as they network, showcase and compete for a chance to win this year’s grand prize.

“Having Citizen Vinyl as the presenting sponsor of this year’s NewSong music competition seems like a perfect fit,” says Ragland. “Just as NewSong Music has been recognizing and celebrating excellence in performance and songmaking for twenty years, Citizen Vinyl was recently born in the same spirit…to celebrate music and honor the craftsmanship and artistry of As the music industry begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Citizen Vinyl is thrilled to support this year’s program and its participating artists by making vinyl record projects more accessible.

Discounted “Early Bird” entries are open through Sunday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m. EST, with the submission deadline Sunday, October 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST. To submit your original music, visit Finalists will be notified by email and announced via NewSong Music’s website and social media on Tuesday, November 2. Mark your calendars for the 2021 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Contest Finals scheduled for Saturday, December 4 at Citizen Vinyl, located at 14 O Henry Ave in downtown Asheville, NC.

This year’s grand prize winner will receive:

– A fully financed six-song EP, recorded and mixed at Citizen Studios and released on the NewSong Recordings label;
– A featured paid performance at Arts Brookfield’s Summer Concert Series in New York City in the summer of 2022 (date TBD);
– 500x 12″ vinyl records (polychrome gatefold jacket with cover) of their grand prix EP, pressed at Citizen Vinyl

The two (2) Award Round finalists will each receive a vinyl pack of 300 12″ records (single color sleeve with cover), pressed at Citizen Vinyl.

Each entrant will receive a 10% discount on a vinyl pressing project at Citizen Vinyl this year (offer must be redeemed by January 31, 2022).

For up-to-date information on the 2021 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Contest, including submission prizes, safety precautions and more, visit To learn more about Citizen Vinyl, visit