ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MUSIC OPENS SEARCH FOR ANTHEM TO INSPIRE THE NATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, ON September 8, 2014: The Music MondayAnthem 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 Mondayanthem 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 MondayAnthem, 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 MusicMonday 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 at www.musicmonday.ca/anthemsearch. A panel of musicindustry 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.
ABOUT MUSIC MONDAY
Launched in 2005, Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist. In 2013, Music Monday extended its reach into space with I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) co-written by former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut and musician Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson, and commissioned by CBCMusic.ca and The Coalition for MusicEducation. More info: www.musicmonday.ca.
ABOUT THE COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION
Music Monday is an annual initiative of The Coalition for Music Education, an organization made up of parents, students, educators, and business people from varying walks of life who support school music programs and highlight the importance of music education for all young people in Canada. More info: www.musicmakesus.ca.
SOCAN is a member-based and governed organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 120,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.