Songwriting Contest

In honor of the 88 keys on the piano, Piano Day Pittsburgh is trilled to celebrate International Piano Day on the 88th day of the year. Through the generosity of our local partners, we are able to offer a few different prizes for contest winners. We're hosting a contest to celebrate local composers in the Pittsburgh area and the great musicians all across the Greater Pittsburgh Region. 


With the support of Modern Piano, we are able to offer a $500 grand prize to the winning composition! Under the discretion of the judges there will be other prizes such as a professional recording session for the original composition in the Vlahakis Recording Studio at Carnegie Mellon University with Master Recording Engineer, Riccardo Schultz.


1. Contestants will submit compositions by March 15 via links to video or audio performances of the piece they wish to submit to the contest (the recordings do not need to be professional quality - a simple phone recording will be enough). The submission form is located here.

2. All submissions will be reviewed for acceptance into the contest. We are looking for approximately 20 contestants! Submissions are only reviewed based on the requirements of being "family friendly" in content and in some way incorporating the piano. 

3. All approved submissions will be streamed live on WZUM radio, March 28, for a chance to win the grand prize of $500. A selected panel of judges will listen to, deliberate upon, and award the winning compositions.


Fill out the form below to enter the contest. Any questions? Email



In submitting your composition, you understand that it is subject to disqualification if it includes any inappropriate language or content of any kind. Piano Day Pittsburg reserves the right to determine what is to be considered inappropriate to its audience. Piano Day Pittsburgh also reserves the right to disqualify any contestants if they are reported and proven to demonstrate inappropriate behavior toward anyone involved in this event at any time between February 16, 2020 and March 28, 2020. The composer retains all rights to their original work. 

Performances during the live contest, March 28, will be recorded in the form of audio and video as well as photography and may be used as promotional materials for Piano Day Pittsburgh. By agreeing to this statement, the performer gives consent for Piano Day Pittsburgh to use the images taken during this event on their social media platforms and marketing materials. However, Piano Day Pittsburgh will honor any performer requests to not have their picture posted on public pages, if that request is received within 5 days of the event.