Sunday, January 23, 2011

Submitting a song to the Substance Abuse Awareness Competition? Get it CRITIQUED!

Berklee’s 4th Annual Substance Abuse Awareness
Songwriting Competition

Faculty-led discussion/critique session

Tuesday Jan 25, 8-10PM, Rm 401 Bldg 136
Christiane Karam (Vocal Dept, developer "Songwriting & Social Change" class)
and Mark Simos (Songwriting Dept.)

If you have a song in preparation for this contest that you would like critiqued during the session, please send your lyric (as a PDF attachment) by email to, no later than 3:00 PM Tuesday Jan 25.
(In the subject header please include "Substance Abuse Songwriting Competition".) Songs will be critiqued in the order received, subject to facilitator discretion.

Though this session will focus on critiquing songs for this particular contest, the insights and discussions should be of wider interest. There are now several contests available to Berklee students that involve writing material focused on social issues: The Substance Abuse Awareness Songwriting Competition and the Songwriting and Social Change contest, among others. Beyond the perennial challenges of just writing a good song, writing around social themes and messages challenges songwriters in terms of both craft and clear intent.

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