Audio-Technica has sponsored the USA Songwriting Competition for the past 11 years, making it one of the longest sponsors of the contest.

Stow, OH (June 21, 2010) -- Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, is sponsoring the 15th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. This is the 11th year of Audio-Technica’s involvement in the contest.

As part of the competition’s prize packages, Audio-Technica has provided four AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphones, two ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphones, ten ATH-M40fs Precision Studio Headphones , two AT2041SP Studio Microphone Packs, and two ATM610 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphones. The entry period recently ended May 28, 2010, and winners will be announced November 15, 2010.

The USA Songwriting Competition is currently the longest-running consecutive-year songwriting competition. Last year’s contest saw 34,900 entries from around the world. The competition has a proven track record in helping winners achieve recording contracts, publishing contracts, and getting their music placed in film and television. Winnings songs have been featured on the syndicated Acoustic Café Radio Show and Sirius XM Radio.

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Source: Press Release

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