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What's Your Issue Song Competition

Posted by X8 DRUMS Thursday, February 25, 2010 0 Comments
The What's Your Issue Song Competition is designed to give youth around the world a positive outlet to express themselves using music.
Many of the community members here are active songwriters and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get your music and your message in front of an engaged audience. Please pass this along to your percussion/drummer/songwriter friends that meet the age requirements.

This competition, judged by singer/actor/activist Jack Black, is looking for three-minute songs from young adults 14 to 24 on any issue that moves them including the environment, education, healthcare, pathway from poverty, national security and defense, public service, human and equal rights issues.

Winner to receive:

Presentation at the 2011 NAMM Show

Presentation at the VIP reception in Washington, DC

Presentation at the Annual awards ceremony co-hosted by Sony Pictures at its Los Angeles studio

Inclusion on the What's Your Issue iTunes Tile.

For Finalists:

Inclusion of song in a compilation CD of emerging artists.

Prizes also include a MacBook laptop and iPod Touches.

How to Enter:

The submission period is open now and runs through mid April 19, 2010.

Songs must be 3-minutes in length, expressing a social issue. Any issues that matters to you. Contestants are encouraged to use the power of music — as only art can — to help illuminate the issue and touch hearts or minds. Any music genre is welcome.

Upload a video of your song to Upload the video of the song as a "Post a Video Response" to the contest's main video at You can enter as many videos or songs as you want, as long as they are original.

Music must be an original composition, for which you must hold all rights. Open to anyone 14 to 24.

The contest prefers a video performance of the song because the winner will be flown to Los Angeles to perform the song at the 2010 What's Your Issue Awards Ceremony co-hosted by Sony Pictures Studios, and will be eligible to perform at the annual NAMM Show for 85,000 music industry professionals in January 2011.


After close of the submission period, the What's Your Issue Foundation will internally select between two and three dozen semi-finalists for consideration for awards, to be then selected by the VIP Judges and YouTube audience.

The VIP Judges will evaluate the semi-finalists based on (a) originality and creativity overall; (b) execution of the video presentation in an articulate, concise, visual and impactful way; (c) Excellence of the proposed-solution-project, including such factors as how innovative, implementable and impactful the project idea, and its viability for implementation within a neighborhood or community. Innovation and originality in presentation and concept of the proposed project is as important as cinematic expertise.

The YouTube Audience Favorite Award will be selected by the public, on the basis of approval and enthusiasm of the proposed solution-project-idea, as well as the execution of the video, and articulation of the issue and solution.

On or about May 10, 2010, at the conclusion of the public voting period, and VIP Jury selection process, the winners will be announced. For more information, please visit

About What's Your Issue Foundation
The What’s Your Issue Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization, which runs an internet-based film and song competition, as well as Y/E, The Young Entrepreneur Network. The Film Your Issue competition, in its 5th year, is looking for solution-project ideas to front-burner issues from young adults 14 to 24 in a 3-minute video format, with accompanying one-sheet description. The new Issue Song competition is looking for original 3-minute songs using the power of music to illuminate front-burner issues. For more information, please visit

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