CARICOM SONG CONTEST

Thought you might want to know about this. CARICOM has issued a call for a new composition, an anthem if you will. That means song with lyrics; that means writers, get writing. I, myself, just might take a crack at this, the Muse willing. Here are the deets:

The submitted song should have a strong Caribbean identity plus flava and riddim, be playable on various instruments, make swell up with pride, bring us closer together, celebrate our Caribbean- ness. It goes without saying, right, that the song should have popular and emotional appeal.

Tall order. Are you up to the challenge?

Well you need to get cracking as submissions must be in by May 30th 2013.

To participate you must be a citizen of a CARICOM member state. You may submit more than one song, each four minutes or less, each on its own CD. There should be no identifying markers (presumably because these are to be judged blind). You must submit a completed entry form with original signature, plus a lyric sheet and music sheet.

So, what do you get if you win…let’s see.. how does US$10,000 sound? US$5,000 and US$2,500 for the runners-up. Nice purse. Coupled with the glory of hearing your song played and replayed at CARICOM events.

Apparently, there are to be national and regional committees and selections…I’m not sure what’s happening on the national level but I shall try to find out from the Culture Department as the preliminary round is supposed to be coordinated by the Directors of Culture and entries are to be submitted to the Culture Ministry not, apparently, directly to the CARICOM Secretariat. Pray Antiguan lyricists and composers don’t get left out because we’re sleeping on this as we have other opportunities in the past.

Anyway, each member state is supposed to submit its top 6 and then a regional panel will take it from there.

N.B. re intellectual property: the winning entry becomes the exclusive property of the CARICOM Secretariat. Runners up may reserve right to their composition. All entries must be original and shall not infringe upon the copyright of another.

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