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2nd Annual Songwriting Competition

Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Songwriting Competition Postponement

We have decided to reschedule the event to facilitate maximum participation by high school students, in Jamaica. Some educators have expressed difficulty in reaching students. Since school is out, due to COVID-19 and not all have internet access.

We look forward to rescheduling at a convenient time.



High Schoolers, in Jamaica, are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Event

The Song Should Be Focused on: “One World, One People, One Love.”

Audio renditions of song(s) should be submitted no later than July 1, 2020; with student(s) bio and head shot.

Email to: song@ritamarleyfoundation.org

Prizes
1st place $50,000, plus other splendid prizes
2nd place $25,000, plus other splendid prizes
3rd place $15,000, plus other splendid prizes

Judging Criteria

Song Structure and Composition(20 Points)
The song has a clear theme or cohesive idea
The song has clearly identifiable sections, verse, chorus, etc.

Lyrics(20 Points)
The song is written in English or Patois
The lyrics evoke an emotional response from the listener
Lyrics are syntactically and grammatically correct, while allowing for colloquial expressions and artistic language use.
The lyrics are singable and memorable
The lyrics have an identifiable rhyme scheme or pattern

Originality and Content(60 Points)
The song expresses the theme in a new or fresh way
The song is memorable
The song has commercial potential
The song must have a title
Song should be focused on One World, One People, One Love.

Audio recordings of songs
should be submitted.

Strong Black Women




In April 2019, the Rita Marley Foundation(JA) launched its inaugural Song Writing Competition, for high schoolers.

The theme, Strong Black Women & Their Role in History. Results were announced on International Reggae Day, July 1.

Ardenne High School’s Afaya Pollack emerged overall winner-awarded $50,000 cash.

The Foundation enlisted master producer/musician Asley ‘Grub’ Cooper, to create a musical masterpiece, with the winning piece. On Friday November 15, Afaya Pollack and York Castle High School’s Shawvick Barrett(3rd place finalist) were in studio, with Grub, recording the song.

We invite you to download this track with and/or without vocals.

Please share your singing and/or dancing along to the tune with us! We would like to share your enjoyment of the song on our social sites.

Please send your submission to song@ritamarleyfoundation.org

Download Track

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Our Thanks

Wholehearted thanks to Dr. Rita Marley, President/Founder Rita Marley Foundation,
Stephanie Marley(Director), Rosemary Duncan(Manager) & the incredible judging panel:
Ms. Beverley Lashley, CEO, National Library of Jamaica; Mr. Vernon Derby, Media Personality, Nationwide News Network 90FM; Dr. Keino Senior,Dean School of Arts Management and Humanities (SAMH) Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts; Dr. Michael Harris, Director of Studies at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Songwriting Competition


High Schoolers in Jamaica are invited
to participate in the inaugural event!

The Song Should Be Focused on
‘Strong Black Women & Their Role in History.’

Teachers should submit song(s) no later than June 1, 2019; with student(s) bio and head shot.

Email to:
song@ritamarleyfoundation.org

Prizes

  • 1st place $50,000, plus other splendid prizes
  • 2nd place $25,000, plus other splendid prizes
  • 3rd place $15,000, plus other splendid prizes

Judging Criteria

Song Structure and Composition(20 Points)

  • The song has a clear theme or cohesive idea
  • The song has clearly identifiable sections, verse, chorus, etc.

Lyrics(20 Points)

  • The song is written in English or Patois
  • The lyrics evoke an emotional response from the listener
  • Lyrics are syntactically and grammatically correct, while allowing for colloquial expressions and artistic language use.
  • The lyrics are singable and memorable
  • The lyrics have an identifiable rhyme scheme or pattern

Originality and Content(60 Points)

  • The song expresses the theme in a new or fresh way
  • The song is memorable
  • The song has commercial potential
  • The song must have a title
  • The song focused on strong black women and their role in history