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apollo song competition

Think you have the talent to become the next biggest songwriter? The legendary Apollo Theater, who has started the careers of many notables such as Ella Fitzgerald, Gladys Knight, Jimi Hendrix, to more recently,Machine Gun Kelly, is having a songwriting competition that is open through February 27 to anyone who wants to try out.


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Here are the details:

  1. Write an original song that reflects the spirit of Amateur Night. Submit a video of the song being performed and upload the music and lyrics.
  2. Two finalists will be selected by expert judges using the following criteria:
    • ORIGINALITY – 20%
    • LYRICS – 30%
    • POPULARITY – 20% (the number of votes you’ve received)
  3. The Grand Prize winner will be determined by a combination of online voting (50%) and in-theater voting (50%)

If you’re ready for your big break, try out! For more details and official rules, visit