All right. So. Because sometimes we get emails and sometimes we feel those emails need to be relayed to all your very talented and very pretty faces … behold the first-ever Bethesda Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. And what are the Bethesda Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards, you ask? Let’s take it right from the news release’s mouth:
“This new and exciting competition is seeking the best, up-and-coming, local songwriters. The adjudicated contest will award a talented songwriter a grand prize of $10,000. The award also includes a young songwriter category for which an aspiring songwriter who is younger than 18 will have the chance to win $2,500.”
Oh, you want more, don’t you? Of course:
“The contest will be a multi-staged, juried competition. The first round judging panel will include professional artists, venue operators, booking agents and music academia. They will choose the semifinalists from the total pool of applicants. A grand prize jury will then select the finalists who will perform two of their original songs for a live audience on March 6, 2015, at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. The award winners will be announced at the close of the performance. … Songwriters who are permanent residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington are eligible to submit three original songs. All musical genres are accepted. Songs must include lyrics and cannot be more than four minutes. Musicians can apply online or download a mail-in application at Bethesda.org. Entries must be received by Dec. 5.”
That whole “songs cannot be more than four minutes” thing is meant for you, Time Columns! Just kidding. Juuust kidding.
Anyway, you can find out more about the contest here and here. We write this not only because we would love to see some of you fantastically talented people win more money than this website will ever be worth (times 5,000,000), but also because we think you – yes, you! – can do Frederick proud. So, turn those dismissive scoffs upside down, and get to picking out a few of your best songs. $10,000 can go a long, long way toward music world domination, friends. Or, well, at least that and a few jumbo bags of gummy bears.