Aeolian’s First Annual Songwriting Contest

Celebrating London’s UNESCO City of Music Designation

 

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

 

DEADLINE TO ENTER: 11:59 P.M. ON MARCH 31, 2022

 

The winning song will be announced Canadian Music Week (April 19 to April 23, 2022).

contest rules

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Songs must be new (during the period of the contest), unpublished and previously unrecorded or performed.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

ENTER the contest

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. We will notify you of updates and announcements once we have received your application form.

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. 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.

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

Entry

Name
Address
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)

UNESCO CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network strives to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.

This website presents the Cities of Music and key projects taking place in them. At the same time, it is meant to be an invitation to cooperate, communicate and launch further activities within the network.

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