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SOCAN Songwriting Prize 2016

Check out this year’s SOCAN Songwriting Prize shortlist of 20 contestants (10 for the English language prize and 10 for the French language prize).  Listen to them all, choose your favourite and vote!

For two weeks, from June 9-23, 2016, SOCAN invites music fans to vote for their favourite song from the nominees lot by visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca or through Twitter using the hashtag #mySSPvote and identifying the performer’s name in the tweet. Fans can vote once daily through each platform for each of the English and French prize competitions.

The winning songs are planned to be announced the week ofJuly 4, 2016.

Winners will receive $10,000 in cash, a choice between two brands of Godin Guitars (a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar), a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

Support your Canadian songwriters and may the Muse be with you…

Toronto is 175!

From the Contest website:

Have you got the music in you? Have you got a song in your heart?

In honour of the City’s 175th anniversary, the City of Toronto is hosting the Toronto SongContest. We’re looking for an original song that is evocative of our wonderful city, a song that will pay homage to Toronto’s amazing spirit and its unparalleled diversity.

How to enter

The contest officially opens on Monday, March 30, 2009 and submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, 2009.The contest is open to any Canadian resident 13 years of age or older.

Compose your song using any lyrical music genre, e.g., pop, rock, folk, roots, hip hop, rap, jazz, world. Songs must be less than four minutes in length. You must submit your song in MP3 format, the lyrics to your song and a short biography (200 words or less) to Sonicbids – the official website of the Toronto Song Contest.

Winners and prizes

Judges selected by the City will evaluate all of the song submissions and will select up to 10 finalists and the winner of the contest from among those finalists. The process for announcing and promoting both the finalists and the contest winner will be determined at a later date. Judges will base their evaluation of the songs on the following criteria

* Creativity
* Originality
* Lyrics
* Melody
* Arrangement

The winner will receive a prize of $5,000 Canadian, payable by cheque, and will retain all rights to any SOCAN royalties payable for the use of the song.

May the Muse be with you and best of luck if you enter!

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Mercury Prize Winner 2008

British Alt-Rock Band Elbow have won the 2008 Mercury Prize for their latest effort, The Seldom Seen Kid. The award leads to a huge increase in sales (400% in sales at HMV in Britain) for the band to accompany the glory and prestige of the prize itself.

The following is from a Telegraph article:

A television appearance by Elbow on ITV’s National Movie Awards on Tuesday night was also a factor behond the sales increase.

The five-piece group from Bury beat bands and solo artists including Radiohead and Estelle to the £20,000 Mercury Prize with their fourth album.

The Mercury judges called it “an epic rock record – triumphant, heartbreaking, unerringly melodic and life-affirming”.

The award was a long time coming for the indie band. Elbow formed in 1991 but did not release their first album until 2001 on Richard Branson’s independent V2 label. The critically-acclaimed LP – ‘Asleep In The Back’ – was nominated for the Mercury Prize that year but missed out to PJ Harvey.

It’s interesting that the prize found Elbow 7 years after their debut was up for a Mercury as well (and 17 years after they formed… heck, why did that debut album take 10 years to make?).

May the Muse continue to be with you Elbow, certainly the judges were and they had such words of praise for the album… and may a prize find us all one day…

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