The MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Contest offers a great opportunity for aspiring teen musicians to use the healing and uplifting medium of music to help spread the message about the importance of healthy choices and the dangers of drug abuse. The contest asks young musicians to create original music and/or music videos that celebrate healthy and inspirational living, or accurately depict the dark side of drug abuse.
Participants will submit their creative Music Video OR original Music/Lyrics composition that celebrate healthy and creative living or music that accurately portrays the dangers of drug abuse.
Three winners will be selected (1st, 2nd and 3rd place).
- The first place winner will receive two tickets to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® at the Los Angeles-based Staples Center, as well as a cash award of $500.
- The second place winner will receive a cash prize of $250 and other prizes.
- The third place winner will receive $100 and other prizes.
- The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have the opportunity to attend the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during a GRAMMY rehearsal on January 24th, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Winners will receive lunch and a MusiCares/Grammy certificate of appreciation, as well as two tickets to the GRAMMY museum and a gift bag. A chaperone will be required.
- All three winners will have their original compositions posted on the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Web site (the premiere site for Recording Academy members) and the Vans Warped Tour website.
- All Three winners will have the opportunity to attend a guided tour of The Village Recording Studio.
- In addition, prizes include iPads with the GarageBand app and an opportunity to release a record with Clarity Way, a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Hanover, Pa. & high quality microphones courtesy of Blue Microphones.
- Winners may have the opportunity to engage in press or media interviews. If you are currently under a court ordered program, please make sure that participation in this contest does not conflict with your obligations to the court.
CONTEST REQUIREMENTS AND RULES
(Questions about contest rules can be directed to Erica Krusen at MusiCares at 310-581-8729.) Entries missing any of the required items below will be automatically disqualified.
- This contest is open to U.S. citizens or legal residents between the ages of 14 and 18 who are currently enrolled in high school in any state in the United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled.
- Parents or legal guardian(s) of applicants will assume responsibility for review of entry and application content, including compliance with these contest requirements and rules
- Entrants working together in a group are team members. Each team may not have more than 2 team members in their group and should submit one entry form and two essays.
- Entrants must perform their own music.
- MusiCares will judge submissions based on their accurate portrayal of the importance of healthy personal choices or the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. For accurate scientific information on drug abuse and addiction, entrants are encouraged to use The Partnership at Drugfree.org Web site as a resource: www.drugfree.org.
- Each entry should be in a CD-R or DVD format. Prior to submitting, please verify that your entry is able to be viewed or listened to on a standard CD/DVD player. The video or music/lyric composition must be no longer than 4 minutes. Submissions received in MP3 format will NOT be accepted. Submissions are to be mailed to:
Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest MusiCares Foundation
3030 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Attn: Erica Krusen
email@example.com (email preferred)
(Phone inquiries: 310-581-8729)
- Submissions must also include:
- Part A: Contestant name(s), mailing address, phone and e-mail address, age, year in school, and name of high school.
- Part B: A statement on why the contestant is interested in the project. For example, your own experiences, experiences with a friend or family member who is struggling with substance abuse, your view of peer pressure, your approach to personal choices, etc. (maximum 2 pages.)
- Part C: A brief statement on the background of the song and/or video as well as lyrics.
- Part D: Above the Influence and the MusiCares/ GRAMMY Foundations each require separate consent forms from all contestants, signed by the student and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Download Partnership Waiver Release and
MusiCares Waiver Release to sign and complete.
- The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that violates or infringes on another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright or license infringement.
- The video or music/lyric composition must not contain brand names or trademarks.
- The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
- The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that promotes bigotry, hatred, or harm toward any group or individual or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations of any state where the video is created.