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Riptide Music Group Artist Helen Austin Wins 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest “Song of the Year” for her Original Tune “Colour It”

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 3, 2014 – Riptide Music Group, a “sync-flavored” global publishing administration company with services that include the worldwide synchronization of music for advertising, movie trailers, television, film and videogames, has announced that its artist Helen Austin is the co-winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s “Song of the Year.”

Austin won the contest along with her colleague Paul Otten for having co-written the song “Colour It.” To watch Austin perform that song, visit:

As “Song of the Year” winners, Austin and Otten won $ 20,000 in cash, in addition to prizes from SSL, Avid, Mackie and Digital Media Academy. The duo has received other prizes during 2013 after having won last year’s “Lennon Award” and the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s “Children’s” category.  “Colour It” was selected to win this year’s top prize by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Executive Judges, who included Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, George Clinton, Prince Royce, Bootsy Collins, Sean Paul, and others.

Earlier this year, Riptide Music Group placed an original song by Helen Austin, entitled “Little Things,” in a national TV commercial for Dawn Soap. To view that TV spot, please see:


Originally from the UK and now living on Vancouver Island in Canada, Helen Austin met Ohio-based Paul Otten while they both appeared on a songwriting conference panel.  Austin and Otten co-wrote and produced the title track of Austin’s  2014 JUNO Award-winning album “Colour It,” which also won a 2014 Award from the International Songwriting Competition (ISC.)  This collaboration spawned their new project, Big Little Lions, which also won the ISC Award.

Big Little Lions released its debut EP, entitled “Paper Cage,” earlier this year. Songs from the EP have been licensed for s for Microsoft and Ikea, as well as for TV shows “Catfish” (MTV) and “Total Divas” (E!) For more info, please see:


The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. A total of over $ 300,000 in cash awards and prizes are distributed each year by the JLSC, which is open to both amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions, with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 “Song of the Year.” All entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. For more information, please visit:


Formed in early 2014 by the mergers of Riptide Music and Pigfactory, Riptide Music Groupis comprised of three operating units:Riptide Rights: Riptide Rights oversees publishing and master rights for administration and sync representation; Riptide One: Riptide One is a carefully curated catalog of independent artists, bands, producers and composers which offers a diverse range of music for licensing in advertising, movie trailers, television, film and videogames; and Pacifica Music Library: A modern production music library previously established as a joint venture between Riptide Music and Pigfactory, the Pacifica catalog offers music for all visual media.

Riptide Music Group is located at 9469 Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 114, Culver City, CA 90232. The phone is 310.437.4380. For more information, please see:

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