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CONWAY, Ark. -- Blackbird Academy of Arts, with the help of platinum recording artist Kris Allen and the Grammy Award-winning David Hodges, hopes to inspire and showcase new songwriting talent with the Alchemy Songwriting Competition.

"I've always felt like there is so much musical talent out there to be heard, and I'm excited to be a part of shedding some light on these undiscovered artists," said Allen.

The Alchemy Songwriting Competition, which was originally announced on October 15th, is open to all aspiring songwriters who are residents of the USA and 13 years of age or older.

Songwriters will compete across numerous genres including Folk, Pop, Rock/Alternative, Hip-Hop, Jazz/Blues, Gospel/Christian, Country, Instrumental and R&B. 

The top ten finalists will be invited to Arkansas to perform their songs at a showcase concert on December 3rd. 

All proceeds from the competition including entry fees, event sponsorships, and showcase finale ticket sales will go to benefit Blackbird Academy of Arts in Conway, which provides affordable arts and music education in the Central Arkansas area.

"The Alchemy Songwriting Competition is a great way for all aspiring songwriters to get their music heard by music industry professionals like Kris Allen and David Hodges," says Jennie Strange, Founder and Executive Director of Blackbird Academy.   

The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles and a recording session with award-winning producers Ryan Peterson and Nolan Sipe.

Songwriters have until November 15th to submit their entries. Complete information regarding the competition, including entry forms, contest rules, and sponsorship information, can be found at www.thealchemycompetition.org

Blackbird Academy of Arts is a nonprofit organization with the primary purpose of providing quality, but affordable arts education to the Central Arkansas area. 

After only two years in operation, they are averaging 300 students per semester in music, dance, art, theatre, writing, visual arts, and film classes. In the past year they have provided over $17,000 in scholarships. 

(Source: Blackbird Academy of Arts) 

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