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Entries sought for CHNEP Song Contest

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Do you have a song to share about our natural environment?

It doesn't take much prompting for people to recall Suwannee River, the official state song of Florida since 1935. The state's official anthem was designated in 2008 — Florida, Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky — after a contest that received 243 submissions.

Have you written an original composition that captures the beauty or issues of the natural environment of southwest Florida (as defined by the CHNEP)? The CHNEP would like you to submit your songs for use on the CHNEP Citizens Academy and elsewhere. Prizes up to $600 will be awarded.

The rules are simple. Each person may submit up to three entries by Aug. 1, 2013. Complete an online entry form and submit the digitized audio performance and lyric or sheet music either electronically to Maran Hilgendorf or by mail to: CHNEP Songs, 1926 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers FL 33901.

There is no fee to enter. This contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters of any age. You retain ownership of the songs submitted. By entering this contest, you are allowing the CHNEP to use the songs in its materials and at events and allow others to perform your song for CHNEP purposes. You will be asked to perform at select events.

The songs must be original but can be of any genre and must be two to ten minutes long. An entry consists of:

  1. a digitized audio performance,
  2. a lyric sheet or sheet music, and
  3. an entry form available at www.CHNEP.org/songs.html.

A music video may be submitted but is not required to participate. The song writer can have others perform the song. There is no requirement as to when the song was written or recorded.

The winning entries will be selected by the CHNEP Citizens Advisory Committee in August. Submissions will be judged on lyrics, likeability, creativity, originality, melody and arrangement. Production/recording quality and vocal ability may also considered.

The CHNEP will email all entrants to confirm their entry was received and to announce the entries selected for recognition.

Get your foot tapping!