Music Doing Good Voices of Freedom Wiscasset

About The Contest

Share Your Inspired Story of Hope and Courage…through Song!

Be part of the inaugural Music Doing Good songwriting contest around the theme of hope and courage! Entries can be submitted in mp3 format from November 1 to December 1, 2013. The winning songwriter will perform their song live, on-stage at Anderson Fair on Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18, 2014. The winning song will also be featured on the Music Doing Good compilation CD from the event. Winners receive a free, four-hour recording session.

The concerts benefit Music Doing Good with Lyrics, a songwriting program that works with at-risk children and teens to share their stories by writing and recording original songs!

Rules & Guidelines

  • The Music Doing Good Songwriting Contest is open for entry November 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013. The contest is open to residents of the Greater Houston Area. Only the first 75 entries will be accepted.
  • Please submit lyrics in a .doc or .txt format and songs in mp3 format. 1 song per participant. Online entry only. Songs may be no longer than 5 minutes and files no larger than 5 MB. A song is defined as a melody with lyrics. Only songs with the theme of "hope & courage" will be considered.
  • All files must be labeled as follows "ArtistName-SongTitle." This label should be used on your mp3, lyrics document, and submission form.
  • The Grand Prize and Honorable Mention entries will be notified via email on Friday, January 6, 2014.
  • The Grand Prize winner must commit to perform their winning entry at Anderson Fair on Friday, January 17 & Saturday, January 18, 2014. 1 accompanist will be allowed at the performance.
  • Co-written songs will be allowed, however, all songwriters must be noted in the submission.
  • Participant retains all rights to his/her song, but grants Music Doing Good permission to use the song for Music Doing Good's promotional purposes. Each applicant is required to sign a release form. If applicant is under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the release form.
  • Participants agree that Music Doing Good will have the right to publicize the names and/or likeness of the participant.
  • At the discretion of the judges, submissions with lyrics deemed inappropriate for a family-friendly audience will be disqualified.
  • Anyone currently employed by Music Doing Good, related to a Music Doing Good employee, or related to one of the contest judges is not eligible to enter the contest (both as a writer and as a cowriter).

Submission Form

To submit your application, download the submission form, fill it out, and e-mail it back to us along with your lyrics and a recording of your song. If you have any additional questions, please send us an email.


Grand Prize

  • Perform live at Anderson Fair and feature on Music Doing Good's live CD recording of the event
  • 4 hour recording session at Music Doing Good's office studio
  • Featured in quarterly newsletter (5,000 subscribers) as well as eBlast and social media outlets
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Music Doing Good with Lyrics benefit concert at Anderson Fair Friday, January 17 & Saturday, January 18, 2014

Honorable Mention

  • Featured in our eBlast and social media outlets
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Music Doing Good with Lyrics benefit concert at Anderson Fair Friday, January 17 & Saturday, January 18, 2014


We are very proud to have a judging panel comprised of some of Houston's most accomplished and respected songwriters.

Connie Mims was the first woman to be awarded the "Singer/Songwriter of the Year" award by the Academy of Texas Music. She teaches songwriting for the Grammy Career Day and the Kerrville Folk Festival.

Sarah Golden has achieved success both within Texas and on the national stage. Perhaps best well known as one of the top vocalists on Season 2 of NBC's "The Voice," Golden finished in the top 48 vocalists in the nation and worked with Cee Lo Green. She has also been nominated for Best Folk Artist in Houston as well as a top-ten finalist in the Kerville Folk Festival's New-Folk competition.

Ken Gaines has solidified his place amongst the top Texas songwriters. He is a featured performer at historic singer/songwriter venues in Texas, including Anderson Fair and the Kerrville Folk Festival, and he's been won Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year from numerous Texas music associations.

Contact Us

To submit your completed entry (lyrics in a .doc or .txt file, and an mp3 file of your song), please download and fill out the submission form and send it along with your lyrics and recording as an attachment or through a download service (such as Dropbox or Mediafire) to

If you have any additional questions, please call us at 713.900.3468 or send an email to