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TOP 10 FINALISTS (Alphabetical) – CAST YOUR VOTE FOR AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD!

All Under 18 Submissions are still eligible and winners will be announced on Jan 27, 2021
"Middle Passage Through North America" - Saleem Heggins III

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"Better Than Nothing" - Triana McCorkle

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"Staircase to Nowhere" - Meg McDermott

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"Lay My Worries Down" - Conor Mueller

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"No Plateau" - Conor Mueller

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"Ballad of Baltimore" - Starbelly

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"John Lewis Lives" - Alan Scott

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"Queer Core" - Melissa Smith

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"Finally Fearless" - Big Red Capes

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"Give A Little Love" - Big Red Capes

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Are you a songwriter?  Is Music in your soul?

Columbia Festival of the Arts, WTMD and our community partners officially launched the Songs Of Strength competition October 14.  Entries could be any kind of music with lyrics on any subject with ephasis on music that somehow inspires, shares our challenges, our hopes, our will to grow and desire to heal.  We have a Youth category for songwriters under 18 (as of Oct 1, 2020) and an Adult category for 18+.

OUR ESTEEMED JUDGES

A Platinum Grammy Nominated Artist, Award Winning Actors, Music Publishing Exec, Musicians, Merriweather Post Pavilion Exec, plus Community & Arts Leaders.

(L to R) Kathy Sledge, Anita Gillette, Rain Pryor, Keith D’Arcy, Ian Kennedy, Massama Dogo, Phillip Dodge, Grace Anastasiadis, Dave Simmons)  Click For More Info.

Who was eligible?

Anyone who had a new song (written anytime after January 1, 2020) with an audio file and lyric sheet could enter. Our initial November deadline to submit was extened to December 3, 2020.

Prizes to be awarded: 

Adult First Prize – $750. Youth First Prize – $500 and an Audience Choice Award is $250.  Additional non-cash prizes may be awarded.  Our honored and experienced Judges represent various Art & Music Industry professionals! Winners will be announced January 2021 following Audience Choice Award Voting. 

Entries have now closed. Thank you for your submissions!  Good Luck to all of these wonderful creators!
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