David Suzuki Foundation Songwriting ContestMay 12, 2010
This year is a notable for the David Suzuki Foundation: September 2010 marks our 20th anniversary. To celebrate this occasion, we are launching a project that will bring together some of Canada’s finest songwriters and performers in a compilation album titled Playlist for the Planet/Un air pour la Terre. Imagine Canadian artists from every genre of music – from heavy metal and hip hop, to classical and jazz — creating original music that depicts the rich diversity of Canadian thoughts, feelings and ideas about how we can connect with nature. In October 2010, a downloadable bilingual album will be released by a major label – at this time we hope to emerge with an anthem that we can all sing along to! An online song writing contest will launch on June 5th, inviting independent Canadian songwriters to contribute their own environmentally themed songs. They can simply join on the Playlist for the Planet webpage on the CBC Radio 3 website, where they can upload their songs. Select amateur artists will appear on the compilation album. Prizes will also be offered. Fans of the amateur artists will vote for their favourite songs to determine the most popular songs on the website. The David Suzuki Foundation has already received generous commitments from some of Canada’s finest musicians to write a song about Canada, nature and the environment or to donate a previously released track to a compilation album. This list includes Joel Plaskett, Bruce Cockburn, Broken Social Scene, k-os, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Bachman (with Sarah McLachlan and Nikki Yanofsky), DOA, Raffi, LIGHTS, Jessie Farrell, Rush, The Trews, Great Big Sea, and Tanya Tagaq. The shortlist will be presented to the panel of artists appearing on the compilation album. The panel will choose at least two winners to be included on the compilation album. The compilation will be available online for download and a CD will be produced. We are just finishing talks with a major label (TBA). Revenue generated from the CD and downloads will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation. The David Suzuki Foundation will require non-exclusive use of the songs for the compilation (artists will be permitted to use their song for other purposes, such as their own releases). Judging submissions from amateur artists will be done by a panel of contributing artists and the David Suzuki Foundation.
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