The Sheldon is hosting the STL250 Songwriting Contest. Open to amateur and professional songwriters in the St. Louis area, the contest is designed to encourage local songwriters to focus their talents to celebrate St. Louis’ 250th Anniversary in 2014.
Songs will be judged not only for the quality of songwriting and composition, but for their effectiveness in interpreting and relating to the history and culture of St. Louis. Special consideration will be given to songs in styles that reflect the musical heritage of St. Louis and the region’s contributions to American musical traditions.
Initial entries will be judged by a panel of local musicians, educators, music producers and Sheldon staff, must have lyrics and be not more than seven minutes long. Entries must be submitted electronically by October 1.
From the initial entries, a number of finalists will be determined by the judges by November 1 and be uploaded to The Sheldon’s website where the public will be invited to choose the winners.
In addition to cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place, the grand prize winner will also win a four-hour recording session at In the Studio, L.L.C., and the winners and other selected finalists will be invited to appear at the Sheldon Concert Hall during “First Night” on December 31, and will be invited to perform at other Sheldon concerts during the season.
Visit http://www.thesheldon.org/songcontest.asp for full details, eligibility and instructions on how to enter.