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National Song Competition to be held in Santa Elena town

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018. 8:55 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the National Celebrations Commission informed that the National Song Competition 2018 is still accepting song entries for this year’s contest.

The date for the deadline of entries has been extended to allow artists extra time to properly record and submit their original instrumental, fully recorded song, lyrics, and complete the registration form with photograph. Entries must be sent to the Bliss Centre in Belize city or online at www.mynationalsong.bz.

This year’s National Song Competition will be held on Saturday, August 18, in Santa Elena town, Cayo District.

Annually, the National Celebrations Commission strives to highlight Belize’s rich and unique cultural heritage through the numerous events held to commemorate our national celebrations.  One such event is the National Song Competition, which 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.

The competition was created to give both professional and amateur songwriters/performing artists an opportunity to showcase their original pieces on a grand stage.  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 prizes as follows:

Senior Division

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

2nd Place – $3,000 and a trophy

Junior Division

1st Place – $3,000 and a trophy (this includes a music video)

2nd Place – $1,000 and a trophy

Awards are also given for:

People’s Choice for the most popular song

Breakout Artist of the Year

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

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

Songwriters and performing artists are invited to register for the competition by downloading the registration form at www.mynationalsong.bz, contacting their House of Culture Coordinators, emailing [email protected] or calling 227-2110/2458 for more information.

The new deadline for submissions to the competition is Friday, August 3.

Finals will be held at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex in Santa Elena town.

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