Are you a creative teen? Do you know a creative teen? Channel your talents into songwriting for the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation’s Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest in collaboration with National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The contest is part of NIDA’s annual National Drug Facts Week, a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse, from Monday, October 31 through Tuesday, November 6, 2011.
The teen-only contest offers an opportunity for musicians to use music to help spread the message about the importance of healthy choices and the dangers of drug abuse by creating original music and/or music videos. The grand prize winner receives a cash prize of $500 and a backstage experience during a GRAMMY rehearsal for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012. Entries are being accepted now through October 10th, 2011. For full contest requirements and rules, visit the contest webpage.
As always, this contest is particularly exciting for the young clients in our Phoenix Rising Music Program, created by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi. This summer, many of our teen clients are busy composing, performing, and recording their original songs–any of which may be the next MusiCares/GRAMMY Foundation contest winner! After all, Phoenix House has a winning history; last year, 18-year-old Vera Marquardt from our Academy of Los Angeles, won third place in the contest with her original song, “Take it to the Days.” Check out our interview with Vera to read more about her inspiring story!