American Idol Songwriting Contest Finally Opens!

IMPORTANT UPDATE -- MARCH 20, 2008 -- AMERICAN IDOL SONGWRITING CONTEST HAS LAUNCHED FOR 2008. CLICK THIS LINK FOR DETAILS. INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM THE 2007 CONTEST. Wow!We all thought this was drifting way beyond the back burner and behind the stove. However, it looks like the folks at 19 Entertainment are going to use their site to solicit entries until April 17, with a week of online voting beginning May 2.If you're already signed to an exclusive publishing deal, you're not eligible to submit to the American Idol songwriting competition. However, it's fair game for everyone else. In fact, USA Today reports that the competition will have no age restriction -- unlike the show.For all the folks that have been leaving comments and talking about how they've already been working on their songs, you're in great shape. Everyone else, get cracking. You've got less than two weeks to enter. After I have a chance to review the terms of the contest, I'll weigh in with some commentary. As with all songwriting contests, review the contract and the rules very carefully, lest you sign away rights to your creation -- and your royalties.Here's where you can get more information about how to enter the American Idol Songwriter 2007 contest.Good luck!Technorati Tags: american+idol, songwriting+contest, music+business, holy+crap