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May 19, 2018
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IMSTA announces the 2018 IMSTA FESTA Song Contest. This competition is an annual affair that will provide aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity attend Black Rock Studios in Santorini Greece.

IMSTA accepts song submissions prior to live-judging at IMSTA FESTA (dates listed below). All song submissions will be reviewed and considered to be one of the top Finalists. Songs of any genre, with or without lyrics are welcomed.

Additionally at IMSTA FESTA - all in person song reviews have the opportunity to be chosen as a wild-card entry, to be added to the Finalist pool and be in the running to be chosen in the Top Three sections for the regional finals.

Dates & Locations

Event Location Submission Deadline Song Submission
IMSTA FESTA Miami - Feb 24, 2018 SAE Institute February 18, 2018
IMSTA FESTA LA - May 19, 2018 SAE Institute May 14, 2018 LA Song Submission
IMSTA FESTA CHI – Jul 21, 2018 SAE Institute July 12, 2018 CHI Song Submission
IMSTA FESTA NYCSep 22, 2018 SAE Institute September 17, 2018 NYC Song Submission
IMSTA FESTA TOR – Oct 13, 2018 Ryerson University October 8, 2018 TO Song Submission
IMSTA FESTA BER – Oct 27, 2018 SAE Institute October 22, 2018 BER Song Submission

This competition runs throughout 2018 with separate regional drawings that take place at each scheduled IMSTA FESTA. The finalists + wild card submissions will be judged at a judging panel at IMSTA FESTA and will be awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd with software prizes.

Submitted finalists do not need to be present for judging. At the end of 2018, the 1st place winners from each IMSTA FESTA will enter the Grand Prize competition from which, the winning “Song of the Year” will be selected. The Grand Prize winner will win a FREE trip to the exclusive songwriting camp hosted by Black Rock Studios in Santorini Greece.

Black Rock Studio is considered one of the most beautiful studios in the world. Each year Black Rock hosts several Songwriting Camps at their picturesque location on Santorini Island in Greece. This camp is attended by some of the most talented songwriters in the world. The 2018 Grand Prize winner will receive a free entry into a Black Rock Studios songwriting camp in 2019, receive free airfare from the continental USA and Canada to and from Santorini and free accommodations in Santorini courtesy of Black Rock Studios and IMSTA.


  • Songs must be submitted through
  • Each song entry must be Entrant's original creation. Songs should not exceed 5 minutes in length (5:00). Entries may have co-writer[s], but one name must be designated per entry.
  • Employees or Partners of IMSTA and our Sponsors, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible to enter competition.
  • Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics (where applicable).
  • Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is responsibility of winners.
  • Entry files must be uploaded as an MP3. IMSTA is not responsible for any corrupt files you may submit. Any and all corrupt files will be deleted without notification to you.
  • All submissions to this Competition must be fully submitted by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (or, if being observed, Central Daylight Time) on the final submission deadlines of the Competition.
  • All entries are final and irrevocable. Once you have submitted an entry for this Competition you may not withdraw the entry or request to change the category, genre or other division you chose for the entry.
  • By entering the IMSTA FESTA Song Contest - you hereby give consent to have your song and/or song link posted to the IMSTA FESTA website, social media platforms, SoundCloud or used in playlists from Spotify, Apple Music, or any equivalent streaming/distribution service where your works are available, YouTube or any other online service for promotional purposes only.
  • Winner of the grand prize must be eligible and able to travel to receive prize. Grand prize winner will be notified by email at the address provided, and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/publicity release within ten (10) days after the date on such notification. The affidavit will state that the winner's song is an original work and that the winner holds all rights to the song or is a cover of a licensed song and is identified as such in the submission. Failure to sign and return this affidavit within ten (10) days, or the provision of false/inaccurate information therein, will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits of winners under eighteen (18) years of age at the time of award must be countersigned by the winner's parent or legal guardian. Affidavits are subject to verification by IMSTA.