Thursday, December 23, 2010

State contest seeking songs about Florida

Songs about Florida - any aspect of Florida - can be entered until Dec. 31 in the the Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest, sponsored by the state of Florida.

Since its beginning in 1992, the contest has generated hundreds of songs about every conceivable aspect of Florida: its history, land, water, characters, weather and creatures.

Songs have been serious, comical, romantic and inspirational and have included blues, jazz, folk, country, rap  and classical.

Entries arrive from various areas of the USA, but most come from Florida.

Songs must be submitted to The Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest at P.O. Box 350335, Grand Island, FL 32735.

The song must be about Florida and must be clearly identifiable as such. Songs may be any type of music and must be the original work of the entrant.

Five judges rate the songs on authenticity, originality, and emotional impact, as well as technical expertise.

Each person may submit up to three songs. Cash prizes are awarded the top three entries. Winners are invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Will McLean Music Festival, March 11-13, 2011 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville, Fla.

All who enter will have an opportunity to share their songs in the Circle of Song area at the festival.

The Will McLean Foundation is sponsoring a series of CDs featuring the finalists of each year. The first CD, with winners from 2006-2010, will be released this month.

For more information, call 352-465-7208 or visit:

Posted by: Jazz & Blues Florida

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