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Music Monday Launches National Songwriting Competition

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Music MondayThe Music Monday Anthem Search, a national songwriting competition created to inspire and engage music makers of all backgrounds, is now accepting submissions. The first of its kind, the competition is inviting aspiring songwriters from across the country to enter original compositions for the chance to be chosen as the next Music Monday Anthem. The composer of the winning submission will win $10,000 worth of musical equipment generously provided by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

The Coalition for Music Education in Canada is issuing an open call for the next Music Monday anthem which will serve as a rally cry for music education in our schools. On the first Monday of May, hundreds of thousands of participants will join together to sing and play this Music Monday Anthem, performing it in a national showcase, and across the country in schools, public parks, and communities to celebrate the galvanizing power of music. The next Music Monday anthem will unite our nation’s voices and inspire millions to sing out about the importance of music in our schools and communities.

“When we look back through history, we see that music is almost singular in its ability to bring people together, to connect and unite. The power of music is unmatched when Canadians stand together to singing one song at the same time in acknowledgment of the importance of music in our lives. People often ask to contribute their music for the next Music Monday song, and we are delighted to inaugurate a program that will give them that chance,” said Holly Nimmons, Executive Director of The Coalition for Music Education.

Celebrating 10 years, Music Monday has engaged millions of voices over the past decade from coast to coast to coast. Previous Music Monday songwriters include Serena Ryder, DALA, Chris Tait, Luke Doucet, and most recently, a collaboration between retired Cmdr. Chris Hadfield (performed in space) and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. For the first time in Music Monday history, the call is being extended to the artistic community to inspire the nation through writing the next Anthem.

“The Music Monday Anthem will be put into a variety of musical arrangements and translated into several languages to make the program accessible to all Canadians at many levels,” Nimmons continued. “This competition is a great opportunity for songwriters to be part of a national initiative that will see their music being performed by students and music groups right across our country. Canada has a lot of great musical talent, and we’re excited to have a new anthem for Music Monday 2015″.

The Music Monday Anthem Search is an open call to both amateur and professional songwriters, entrants can submit their songs online atwww.musicmonday.ca/anthemsearch. A panel of music industry professionals, music educators, and previous Music Monday songwriters will determine the Grand Prize winner. Eligibility, full contest rules and regulations, as well as a complete list of judges are now available on the Music Monday website (www.musicmonday.ca/anthemsearch). The contest is being supported by SOCAN and Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

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