GMA-7’s Diva Songwriting Contest

Contest Mechanics

I. Mechanics
1. The DIVA Songwriting Contest is songwriting contest open to all amateur and professional songwriters in the Philippines.
2. Each songwriter or a collaboration of songwriters (lyricist/s and composer/s) may submit a maximum of 2 entries.
3. Song entries:
a. must either be in Filipino or in English
b. must be a love song
c. must have a musical type appropriate to a love song
d. must not exceed 4 minutes in length including intro and extro
e. must be recorded and interpreted well, preferably pre-arranged

* The contest organizers reserve the right to rearrange the qualifying song entries and to choose and assign interpreters for the finals and for the album recording of winning songs and finalists. Participants who will not agree to this shall be automatically disqualified.

4. Each entry must include the following:
a. fully accomplished entry form with original signature(s) and 2×2 ID photo of songwriter/s
b. CD containing 1 song only indicating the title of the song on the case and on the CD itself but without the name of the songwriter/s
c. Five (5) typewritten copies of the lyrics with the title of the song but without the name of the songwriter/s

5. Submission of entries:
a. All of the above requirements must be placed in a brown envelope and mailed or hand carried to:
DIVA SONGWRITING CONTEST
Viewer-Directed Marketing Division
14th Floor, GMA Network Center, EDSA corner Timog Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1103
b. Participants sending two entries must send them in two (2) separate envelopes.
c. All entries shall be non-returnable.
d. All entries must be submitted on or before February 14, 2010.

II. Criteria
Originality and Creativity – 30%
(applied songwriting style, technique, skill)
Lyrics – 30%
(effectiveness, message, appropriateness to theme)
Melody – 30%
(recall, strength, etc.)
Overall Appeal – 10%
(suitable as recording and commercial material)

III. Schedule of Contest
January 24, 2010 – Launch of Contest
February 14, 2010 – Deadline for submission of entries
February 21, 2010 – Song finalists will be performed on SOP, text-voting
February 28, 2010 – Announcement/Awarding of Winner on SOP

IV. Prizes
1. Three (3) finalists will be chosen per category:
a. Professional (3 finalists)
b. Amateur (3 finalists)
2. The Top winner per category shall be awarded the P200,000 and a trophy. The rest of the finalists will receive a cash prize of P 20,000 each.
3. The winning songs will be included as part of the soundtrack of GMA’s primetime program “DIVA”.

V. Others
1. All finalists shall waive their rights to their songs in perpetuity in favor of GMA Network DIVA Songwriting Contest for the album production, for general publication (in magazines, etc.), for promotional use (radio airplay, performance on TV, internet, etc.) and for general purposes (concerts and events, etc.) locally and/or internationally with the proper and due acknowledgment and recognition of the songwriter/s.
2. Only participants who have reached the top 3 finalists per category shall waive their rights to their qualifying and winning songs.
3. Costs of transportation, accommodation, attendance to events and other expenses related to the contest shall be shouldered by the participant.
4. The decision of the board of judges is final.
5. All employees and talents of GMA Network, Inc. and their relatives up to the 2nd degree of affinity and consanguinity are disqualified from joining this competition.

Download the application form HERE.


  • johnreyes

    hello, na perform na ba sa SOP ang mga finalists?

  • Pulubing Musikero

    just click the link to view the procedure listed in the national library's website. I hope this will help you guys.

    http://www.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&

  • jhazz012

    San po makikita yung mga winners sa songfest i watched SOP up to the end hindi po nabangit yung mga winners anyone plsss ??? thanks po

  • John Legaspi-Curray

    ano ba naman ang GMA na yan. parang anlabo ng competition na ito; where the hell is that SOP announcement of finalists daw???ang sabi FEB 21. wala man lang kapromo-promo as in parang hindi organisado. nakakahiya ang mga organizers nito. ang mga sumali eh sumunod sa mechanics tapos yung mismong GMA, lagpak. ano nang gagawin sa mga song na nai-submit sa inyo?? scam??? kakahiya

  • gabsiloger

    Sino b mga nanalo?. ive watched sop. wala akong narinig n may nanalo or something. did i missed something?. waaaaahhhh. help. sino mga nanalo?. inform niu ko pls.

  • crezie_14

    lumabas na po ba iyong result?san pwede makita?thanks..

  • baladeer

    yeah, what happened to the contest…naipalabas na po ba kahapon? as per the mechanics, kahapon dapat i-aannounce ung mga finalists.

  • marky0490

    pano namin malalaman kung finalist yong songt namin

  • Jerico

    di man po yat pinakita sa SOP ang mga pumasok…paano po namin malalaman ang mga finalist?

  • Polar

    Tinignan ko sa kapuso blogs http://www.networkedblogs.com/p26359269
    WALA DIN ! Lokohan lang ito songwriting contest na to! Gumastos pa naman ako… badtrip!

  • acabar

    sana po maglabas na ng list of finalists, kahit po di manalo, excited pa rin ako marinig yung gawa ng mga katulad kong amateurs.

  • crezie_14

    kaya nga sana ilabas na this sun iyong result…

  • asar_na_sa_inyo

    sobra ang pangde=deadma ng mga organizers ng contest na ito sa mga naghahanap ng results. as in dedma lang ang GMA sa kapalpakang ito.SOBRANG DELAYED na kayo sa sked. baka naman may dayaan na o palakasan nang nangyayari jan o kaya inextend nyo pa ang deadline ng submission of entries para makahabol pa ang mga kakilala nyo.. UNFAIR naman yon sa amin na pinilit makapagpasa on time. PAANO PA NAMIN maasahan ang integrity ng contest na ito??? GMA 7 pres..o kung sino mang may control jan,, kung maaari bigyan nyo naman ng pansin itong kapalpakan na ito ng mga staff nyo, nakakahiya kayo GMA p man din kyo. please lang!!!!!

  • highlight material

    isend mo sa email mo yung audio or lyrics 0r isend m0 via lbc,,, tap0s d0nt 0pen it,,katibayan na say0 yun,,,……kasi nand0n ang date,,hindi pwedeng madaya

  • LadyYhang ",)

    kuya may bayad poh bang mag pacopyright sa national library?? magkanu poh?? at pano?? i have 8 songs na poh… and actually di ko habol ang money sa contest na toh.. gusto ko lang pong makilala ang song na ginawa koh.. and i agree na dapat maprotektahan ang mga nacompose natin na songs.. looking forward to know about this info.. thanks poh.. 😉

  • matthion

    I inquired with GMA thru their Customer Care number. They said that there were a lot of entries submitted and they were having a hard time in the selection of the finalists. According to them, the announcement has been moved to mid or late March. This may also be because SOP is airing its final show on Sunday, Feb. 28. There will be a new venue for the performance of the song finalists. For more info you may call up GMA at 982-7777.

  • ed18

    God Bless you GMA im glad na nakasali ako sa contest nyo nawa mapili ang song ko title TANGING IKAW wait lang ako ng result sana text nyo ako o malaman na namin ung result. salamat i believe sa inyo GMA serbisyong totoo.

  • zpat

    narinig ko po ung themesong ng la diva,,ang composer si agie alcasid..
    ndi ko po hinahangad na manalo..pero interesado po ako malaman kung sino ang nkapasok sa 3 amateur at 3 pro. tnx po GOD BLESSED

  • gabo

    thanks for the info bro. . . . i guess, waiting is the only option. kainis nmn. dapat expected n ganun yung mangyayri at dpat nagexplain mn lang sila sa sop or some other shows nila n gnun nga nangyari. ndi yung ganito na nagiisip tayo ng kung anu2x.

  • crezie_14

    inannounce kanina sa SOP na sa march 21 ilalabas iyong result..

  • laarni

    kaya nga naisip ko tuloy hindi na nila natuloy wag naman nla kami disappoint,or paashn

  • laarni

    wala talag sya! ni commercial nga hindi ko linipat yung channel nung time na yun wala talaga! =(

  • jckc2010

    to my fellow amateur songwriters,,,sa march 21 daw malalaman ang results sa diva songwriting contest, almost 600 entries pala ang pinagpipilian kaya cla nahirapan, im sure maraming magagandang kanta kaya im so proud to be a filipino, dami tayong hidden talents!!! let's support opm,,,good luck sa ting lahat at GODBLESS!!!

  • acabar

    wala pa din pala result…magagaling siguro mga sumali, haha..nakaganti naman tayo e. pinahihirapan natin sila sa pagpili.good luck po sa mga may entry.wait wait nalang po tayo ulit.wala na tayo iba magagawa.

  • we better should wait … and pray that everything shall be all right. Trust the GMA 7 organizers! if one of us will be given the chance, thank for it. if not, do the same way too! at least, somehow, we have done the best part of us.

  • you can ask someone to help your work. like me, i suggest (next time), to do collaboration if you can't produce it by yourself alone. ask a pianist or guitarist to accompany you singing or someone else. record it and burn to cd then send to mail. that could be hard if you have no one to go to. anyway, maybe the next time around you can fulfill bigger steps! keep doing good! God will help.

  • lester79

    Exactly: KAPALPAKAN. This is my gut feel from the very moment that I read their mechanics. Nag-fire back sa organizers ang mechanics nila. With due respect sa mga sumali especially sa mga amateurs, I don't think marami ang nag join. On the contrary, I believe konti lang and mas maraming amateurs, that is why nahihirapan silang pumili. Because personally, I don't think any professional or established songwriter will GIVE UP ALL HIS RIGHTS FOREVER to GMA for P20,000.

    Kasakiman ng organizers ang sumira sa contest na ito. Pwede ka namang magpacontest ng diretso, hindi na kailangang mag waive ng karapatan ng composer. Pero hindi, gusto nilang makamkam ang rights ng composer because they know for a fact na MALAKING PERA ANG MAKUKUHA NILA OUT OF THE SONGS NA MAPAPASIKAT NILA. Wake up people, ang mga prizes na ipamimigay nila, babawiin lang nila sa kikitain ng mga songs na malilipat ang rights sa kanila.

    I can't blame young/amateur songwriters. Dumaan din po ako jan. Pero trust me, pag nalaman nyo ang potential earnings ng mga kantang ginagawa mo, MASUSUKA KA SA GINAGAWANG PANLOLOKO ng ilang tao sa record industry.

  • bolantoy

    kaya pala hindi na announce ang mga finalists. kasi humingi ng extension ang mga kaibigan nilang composers. onli in da philippines!

  • cmdeguzmanmusic

    sana annual na eto para ma cater ang mga local songwriters like us and makapagcontribute naman tayo sa musical industry.

  • bolantoy

    kaya pala hindi na announce ang mga finalists. kasi humingi ng extension ang mga kaibigan nilang composers. onli in da philippines!

  • Di ba na move yung announcement sa final 3 for Pro and Amateur. Kelan uli yun ? Sa March 21 ba ? Di ba ala nang SOP …what program ba ?

  • jamescamerondiaz

    sa mga composers na patuloy na naghihintay, natawagan napo ng gma 7 ang mga napapasok ang entry. Kung wala po kayo natanggap na call, maaaring hindi po napasama ang entry nyo. pero kahit hindi napapasok ang entry nyo, hindi yun nangangahulugan na pangit ang composition nyo, ang composition mo pa rin ang pinakamaganda. Marami pang pagkakataon… don't stop trying!

  • edisonbernardo

    i joined the diva songwriting contest. who doesnt want to land as one of the finalists. if ever i dont land as a finalist, i just wish and request the gma7 management to announce at least the complete list of the 32 semi finalists and hope to be included inthe list at least to grade myself if ever i would continue to dream to become a recognized songwriter

  • edisonbernardo

    please post my comment and may i request for reply. thanks a lot . i deeply appreciate it. mabuhay to all aspiring songwriters.

  • bolantoy

    i believe meron ng mga finalists. pero sa request mo, ewan ko lang sa gma 7. hindi pa nga nila ina-announce ang mga finalists, semi-finalists pa kaya?

  • wala pa bang result ? na announce na ba ang 32 finalists ? email me naman pag may update na … matsalams sa lahat … Dati Quill, ballpen, lapis, at papel ang ating sandata … ngaun LAPTOP na …hehehe… MABUHAY ANG LAHAT NG MANUNULAT SA PILIPINAS…

  • edisonbernardo

    i was able to watch the 6 finalist song entries amateur n professional divisions. the winners deserve it. JUST MAKES ME WONDERwhat happes to the rest of the song entries that did not make it even to the semi since i understand all of the song entries cant be claimed back . Would they all be junked? sayang naman .i joined 2 song entries which i think should not be trashed off.wish this reached the gma7 diva management thanks a lot i appreciate it.

  • thisismejojo

    pre musta pag may resulta na sabihan mo ako a…ge…

  • charm

    when will be the next contest? i would like to join

  • charm

    when will be the next contest? i would like to join