Aeolian’s First Annual Songwriting Contest

Celebrating London’s UNESCO City of Music Designation

Competition Announcement: thursday june 9 at 5:00 p.m. at aeolian hall

London Ontario was recently designated a World Music Heritage City by UNESCO.  To celebrate, The Aeolian is running a songwriting contest to support local songwriters. We are asking local song writers to record and submit a song in any genre (country, classical, jazz, popular etc.) with themes of love, beauty, and home.  

The contest is designed to offer a platform and showcase for artists to celebrate their creations, gain support through prizes and showcase London as a UNESCO City of Music.  It is also a way for our city to celebrate our talented creatives and focus on inspiration during this especially challenging time. 

“Let’s invest in our Music Community any way we can during this difficult time, showcase its creative talent and celebrate its recent UNESCO City of Music designation” 

Clark Bryan, Executive and Artistic Director

the contest is now closed. winners will be notified when judging concludes.

Andrea Wasse is a Canadian singer and songwriter, currently working and residing in LA. Born in London, Ontario, to a pianist and an actor, the joys of music and performance were introduced to her at a young age. Through both nature and nurture, she found herself following in her parents’ footsteps. She began writing songs, forming a band, and performing at the tender age of 15, long before School Of Rock normalised young teens playing in bands. After playing a handful of concerts, her band The Weekend’s demo tape landed in the hands of Canadian indie label Teenage USA, and through them she was able to release her first full length record and secure a publishing deal with EMI Canada by the age of 19. Through the many years that have followed, with the longstanding support from and relationship with EMI (now Sony), she continues to fine tune her craft in both writing and performing She has written for and performed as front person for pop rock outfits The Weekend, goth pop duo Digital Daggers, cold wave dream pop duo DeadxLife, and jangle shoe gazey NightJacket, and has had her own minor success as a solo artist in the dark country genre, highlighting her ability to be a musical chameleon, all the while remaining true to a goal she once jokingly set- “I just want to make music people can cry to”. Her songs have been featured in countless television shows and movies from the early aughts to present day, from accompanying Paris and Nicole on a shopping trip in The Simple Life, Brittany Murphy dancing in Uptown Girls, supernatural happenings on The Vampire Diaries, an emotional montage on Orange Is The New Black’s final season, and most recently some gods kicking ass in a hospital in Netflix’s The Old Guard. She has also written specifically for projects, script in hand, such as She’s The Man, and television shows Instant Star and Mudpit. From London, Ontario to Los Angeles, California, she is grateful that her journey began in the Forest City, home to some very fine talent.

Valdy is a Canadian folk and country musician whose solo career began in the early 1970s. He is known for “Rock and Roll Song”, his first mainstream single. Valdy is the winner of two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, and has received seven additional Juno nominations. His fourteen albums have achieved sales of nearly half a million copies, four of which are certified gold.

Tony Dekker is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Most noted as the leader of the indie folk band Great Lake Swimmers, he has also released two solo albums.

Born and raised in Wainfleet, Ontario, Dekker studied literature at the University of Western Ontario. Both of the band’s first two albums, Great Lake Swimmers and Bodies and Minds, were recorded in Wainfleet, in an abandoned grain silo[4] and a Catholic church, respectively. By the time of the band’s third album Ongiara, Dekker and the band were based in Toronto full time.

In addition to his work with Great Lake Swimmers, Dekker released his debut solo album Prayer of the Woods in 2013. He followed up in 2014 with Tony Dekker Sings 10 Years of Zunior, an album of covers of other Canadian artists — including Old Man Luedecke, Chad VanGaalen, Christine Fellows, Ohbijou, Rae Spoon, Matt Mays, Martin Tielli, Jennifer Castle and Cadence Weapon — released to mark the 10th anniversary of Canadian web music store Zunior.

contest rules

thank you for your overwhelming response to our contest. the judges are currently doing their due diligence and listening to the submissions. Winners will be contacted and an update will be made on on this webpage and on our social media at the contest’s conclusion. We have no additional information to offer entrants who phone or email for updates.

Open to amateur and professional songwriters.

As this contest is intended to support musicians, there is no entry fee or cost to participate.

This contest is a celebration of London’s designation as a UNESCO Music City. As such, songwriters must reside in London, Ontario during the contest duration (January 14, 2022 to March 31, 2022).

Songs must be recorded and provided in audio or audio/video format. A phone recording is sufficient. Artists need not incur any cost in the production of their submission as judging will be based on artistic quality of the song – not production quality of the audio/video.

Songwriters may ask a musician to perform their piece if they are not technically able to do so on their own.

Co-writing is permitted with prize money being shared equally.

A maximum of two songs may be submitted by each songwriter.

Though we appreciate all entries, we are unable to provide feedback or review of content received.

Songs must be about London or the themes of home, love and beauty and have lyrics.

Submissions must be accompanied by lyrics.

Though the songwriter retains ownership of the song, the Aeolian may use the song for all purposes without licensing fee.

Judging will be completed by a jury of music professionals.

Songs must be new (during the period of the contest), unpublished and previously unrecorded or performed.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2022.

Submissions may be sent via email to aeolianperformingartscentre@gmail.com using a Google drive link or a private, unpublished YouTube link or dropped off at the Aeolian Hall on a USB drive. Entrants will be notified that their entry has been received successfully in a viewable format.  Entrants are welcome to follow-up with the Aeolian by phone or email should they not receive a confirmation within 2 business days.

FIRST PRIZE

 

  1. A $2000.00 cash prize.
  2. A professional audio recording of the song at the Aeolian’s state of the art recording studio funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2021.
  3. A multi-track video recording (40 minutes) to be broadcast as an Aeolian Phoenix Session production.
  4. Aeolian will produce at no cost to the artist a live show featuring the artist’s music.  In the case that there isn’t enough music for a live show, arrangements will be made to feature the artist as an opening act to another Aeolian production.
  5. Marketing of artist through Aeolian’s social media, website, and e-newsletter for 3 months.
  6. A consultation on or support in the development of an Electronic Press Kit to include a photoshoot, video content and support with bio and artist branding with a professional expert as well as two hours of professional marketing consultation to help with career growth.

second PRIZE

 

  1. A $1000.00 cash prize.
  2. A professional audio recording of the song at the Aeolian’s state of the art recording studio funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2021. 
  3. A multi-track video recording (40 minutes) to be broadcast as an Aeolian Phoenix Session production.
  4. Marketing of artist through Aeolian’s social media, website, and e-newsletter for two months
  5. A consultation on or support in the development of an Electronic Press Kit to include a photoshoot, video content and support with bio and artist branding with a professional expert as well as one hour of professional marketing consultation to help with career growth.

Third PRIZE

 

  1. A $500 cash prize.
  2. A professional audio recording of the song at the Aeolian’s state of the art recording studio funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2021. 
  3. Marketing of artist through Aeolian’s social media, website, and e-newsletter for one month
  4. One hour photo session for promotional photos at The Aeolian 
  5. One half hour of professional marketing consultation to help with career growth.
thank you for your overwhelming response to our contest. the judges are currently doing their due diligence and listening to the submissions. Winners will be contacted and an update will be made on on this webpage and on our social media at the contest’s conclusion. We have no additional information to offer entrants who phone or email for updates.

ENTER the contest

  1. Complete the application so that we have your information.
  2. Submit your song using google drive (see below)
  3. Submit your lyrics in pdf format by email or google drive.

To enter the Aeolian Songwriting contest, complete the application below and submit your audio or audio/video.

You may complete the form now and submit your video anytime before the deadline if you plan to enter.

Audio or audio/video submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2022.

Video submissions may be sent via email to aeolianperformingartscentre@gmail.com using a Google drive link or a private, unpublished YouTube link or dropped off at the Aeolian Hall on a USB drive.  Lyrics must be included for a complete application.

Entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to participate.

Entry

Name
Address
Max. file size: 50 MB.
Is the entrant 18 or over. If under 18, please provide parent/guardian name and contact information below.
Parent/Guardian Name (if under the age of 18)

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