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Baltimore Songwriting Contest

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 11:59 PM


BMD Chapter

Submission Deadline: Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Baltimore, MD
1500 N Charles St.
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Represent your city and build your musical community! This is a special song contest to express the spirit of your hometown through music. Band together with other Baltimore musicians, and create a something unique. Your song can be a celebration, a critique, and/or a description of Baltimore, the city you call home. Open to amateur, intermediate, and professional musicians of any genre.


1. Write a song about or referring to Baltimore.

2. Make a YouTube video of you or your band performing your song, with FLASHBAND somewhere in the title.

3. Register as Interested.

4. Click Submit Song, add all of your musical collaborators, and link to your video!

4. Win first prize...a recording package for your song by SongBuilder Studios!


SongBuilder Studios is a full music production company based in Catonsville, Md., just outside Baltimore City. Their specialty is taking your song and bulding it into a radio-ready single.

SongBuilder Studios is a different studio experience!  They offer: 
- In-house producers to give you the edge you need to stay competitive
- In-house songwriters to help you map out your song     
- State-of-the-art equipment and recording tools     
- A professional and comfortable relaxed studio experience     
- Knowledge and help with intelligent marketing resources and music business details for musicians and artists

See www.songbuilderstudios.com for more information on the studio.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31st, 2015, 11:59 PM.


Songs will be judged on

A. Musical quality and appeal

B. Originality

C. Stage presence and charisma



This is a free contest. No purchase necessary to participate.

All musical collaborators must be registered and added to your submission. 

Song does not need to reference the name Baltimore, but does need to reference at least something specific about the city.

All songs and lyrics are considered to be copyright-protected and all writers retain all rights to their work.


Submissions (4)

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Pat Lakatta

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/uO9qv4PIOps Baltimore born singing legend Billie holiday once said 'A kiss never tasted is forever and ever wasted.' Sometimes we get so busy and life with work and play that we never really look up or look around. Baltimore has many memories for me and I tried to put them into this song. Of course, a three-minute song can't possibly tell the whole Baltimore story but this is Baltimore from my perspective."

The North American Martyrs

The North American Martyrs play a mix of Honky Tonk tinged with folk and Latin influences. This is a song about those forced to leave a place they love for economic reasons. A story told to me by a friend who moved to California in the early 1980's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnKZYlfp168 Lyrics are in the video description.

Stephen Lee

I'm a Post-American/Alt. County songwriter based in Baltimore. I wrote this song about my neighborhood, Baltimore's regional reputation, and my life as a working musician. [Check out my new song "Detroit of the East"] https://youtu.be/zhwZGjf8ktQ [Check out some of my other recordings, including "West of Twenty-Three" out on Okay Recordings] http://StephenLee.bandcamp.com http://OkayRecordings.com/StephenLee

Matt Hoffman

My name is Matt Hoffman I've been writing and recording music since I was about nine years old. I gig as much as possible around the Maryland/Virginia area. I play a mix of reggae, rock, acoustic, and R&B, usually with just myself and a guitar. See the unplugged version of my original song "Obvious" below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJvE083Wbr4

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Deborah Lash is leading this event. Have questions?
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