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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018. 11:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  Each year, the National Celebrations Commission strives to highlight Belize’s rich and unique cultural heritage through the numerous events held to commemorate our national celebrations.

The National Song Competition was created to provide professional and amateur musicians with the opportunity to create and showcase their original pieces.

The goal of the competition is to promote artistic expression, national pride and Belize’s diverse culture.

It comprises of two categories:

A Belize Song Competition which should be an original song reflecting a strong Belizean identity, flavor and rhythm and should inspire a sense of national pride and unity.  It should evoke a blessing or celebrate the history, traditions and diversity of the Belizean culture.

The Carnival Song Competition should be an original song, which will be used for celebratory purposes during the September celebrations and throughout the year.

The competition is open to all Belizeans both juniors and seniors.

Groups of persons or individuals may enter but will be treated as one entity.

Entries will be judged based on: audience appeal, musical arrangement, vocal quality, lyrical content and stage performance.

WINNERS will receive cash prizes as follows:

Senior Division

1st Place – $10,000 and a trophy (this includes a music video and an opportunity to represent Belize in the Region)

2nd Place – $3,000 and a trophy

Junior Division

1st Place – $4,500and a trophy (this includes a music video)

2nd Place – $1,000 and a trophy

Submissions will also be awarded for the following:

People’s Choice for the most popular song

Breakout Artist of the Year

The National Celebrations Commission will include a Youth Music Development Program that will feature vocal training, song writing assistance and production development for the Junior Section of the National Song Competition.

Belizean musicians, performing artists and songwriters (juniors and seniors) are encouraged to submit their songs in the National Song Competition 2018.

Song writers and performing artists are invited to register for the competition by downloading the registration form at www.nichbelize.org, contacting House of Culture coordinators, emailing [email protected] or calling the Bliss Centre at 227-2110/2458 for more information.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m.

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