If you have a catchy tune knocking around in that musical noggin of yours, Murrieta wants to hear it as part of the first ever, citywide songwriting competition.
“We have so many talented people in the area, so we’re hoping to get some good submissions,” said Laura Frasso, Murrieta’s community services coordinator.
Frasso said that the idea for the contest came from a similar event in Malibu, where musically-inclined residents vied for their songs to take top honors.
“We are looking for songs that we feel represent the city of Murrieta. There is no age limit (for the contestants). And all the words, music and melodies must be original,” Frasso said.
Songwriters are urged to keep it clean and “family-friendly” and should strive to use the word Murrieta at least once in the song, according to Frasso.
All genres are welcome. And, while Murrieta residents are encouraged to participate, the door is open to submissions from neighboring cities.
Frasso said that a city-selected panel of judges will decide on the winner, who will then be offered the chance to perform the tune at an upcoming event that is still to be determined.
Songs should not exceed four minutes and 30 seconds and must be submitted in MP3 format. A lyric sheet must be included in the submission, but not necessarily the score.
The competition kicks off today.
Songs should be submitted by May 8 to the Murrieta Senior Center, located at 5 Town Square, Murrieta, CA 92562.
Voting is scheduled to take place May 14 through May 25.
To learn more, call Laura Frasso at 951-461-6110 or email her at Lfrasso@murrieta.org.
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