Each year, 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 professionals and amateur songwriters and 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.
It 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.
WINNERSwill receive cash prizes as follows:
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
1st Place - $3,000and a trophy (this includes a music video)
2nd Place - $1,000 and a trophy
We will also award the following:
- 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.
The National Celebrations Commission is sending out a call to musicians, performing artists and songwriters (juniors and seniors) to submit their songs in the National Song Competition 2017.
Songwritersand Performing Artists are invited to register for the competition by downloading the registration form at www.nichbelize.org or contacting their House of Culture Coordinators or email at email@example.com call 227-2110/2458 Bliss Centre for more information.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4th, 2017 AT 5:00PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2017
Dangriga Town, Stann Creek
BZ SONG/CARNIVALSONG, JUNIORS & SENIORS For more information contact:
National Song Competition, Bliss Centre, Southern Foreshore,
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