Songathon offers a unique songwriting contest for unique times
You don’t need me to give you a redux of everything happening in the world right now. In fact, you’re probably on Tuned Up because you want a break from reading about the latest COVID-19 news.
Well, we pledged earlier today to begin promoting innovation in the music industry during these unique times. Songathon, a New York based organization, is best known for their 24 hour songwriting challenge. Now, they are endeavoring upon something different; there is a prompt challenge this year. The prompt is one word: distance—chosen for obvious reasons.
I was excited to see who the judges were for a few reasons. First, over the lifetime of this blog, I’ve gotten to know The Orphan, the Poet as steadfast dudes in the Columbus music scene. Last year, they went on tour with one of the judges: the cinematic alt pop duo The Score—who remind me a bit of X Ambassadors. Second, VÉRITÉ is a dark pop artist that I was acquainted with over the past year or so. Around a year (or two) ago, I met up with another pop artist Salina Solomon while on a business trip to Nashville—and VÉRITÉ was mentioned to me as someone I should know as another artist on the rise. You know me—I’m always asking my friends for music recommendations! Finally, songwriter RuthAnne—known for writing hits for Niall Horan, JoJo, and Britney Spears—rounds out the panel.
Songwriters may submit their response to that one word prompt via this link, where there is more information. Songs are being accepted until May 1. That’s the day many states are tentatively lifting their stay at home orders, so get busy! If you win (either by popular vote or judge’s choice), a range of prizes may come sailing your way, such as being mentored by a judge for a day, a new website or an official Songathon blog feature.