MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation’s Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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.

Kara DioGuardi Visits Phoenix House Academy of Los AngelesThe 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!

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  • musica software master

    ok so if someone wrote this letter to someone:
    Dear Teen Editor,

    I am writing this letter to you because I don’t know what to do. I am really scared that my use of tobacco is out of control. I feel pressured by my friends to be part of the drug scene. I see people in the media using drugs for pleasure. When I’m high on drugs, I forget all my problems and school is unimportant. I’ve dropped out of sports and I do whatever I can to get money for my drugs. I read your column and know you talk straight to teenagers. Can you help me?

    What would you advise them?
    not just saying u should stop but to discuss peer and media pressure, and heighten their awareness of their decision-making and assertion skills… how would you personally do it?

  • eedelman

    Thanks for your question, we’ve passed it along to one of our clinicians who should be contacting you shortly.