Ken Hirsch Wins Big in U.S.A. Songwriting Competition

Posted in News on January 11, 2011

BMI songwriter Ken Hirsch took top honors in the 15th annual U.S.A. Songwriting Competition. An established hit-maker based in Los Angeles, Hirsch co-wrote “Is that So Bad,” which claimed first prize in the pop category as well as second prize in the overall competition. Also the writer of chart-topper “I’ve Never Been to Me,” Hirsch has written songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige, and more.

Other BMI songwriters won big in the competition as well: Boston-based Tais Alvarenga took home first prize in the world category; Nashville’s Chaise Flanders and Doug Stokes earned first place in the country field; and Latham, New York’s Drew Jacobs garnered top honors in the comedy bracket.

The 16th annual U.S.A. Songwriting Competition is now accepting submissions in 15 different categories including pop, rock/alternative, r&b and country. $50,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs, along with radio airplay on nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Café,” as well as Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The deadline to submit is May 31, 2011.

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