Music May 3, 2013
Can You Write A Song The Whole World Will Sing? These Guys Want To Hear It

If you're an aspiring songwriter, you should definitely check this out: Make Music Matter, a Canadian organization that works in countries that have "been deeply scarred by conflict, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women," is running the My Song for Change contest.

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Here's what they're looking for: "original songs that lyrically not only enlighten us about young people's issues, but also inspire and challenge us to make things better."

If you're a musician, you can submit a recording with music and lyrics, or if you're more of a wordsmith, just a set of lyrics.

As for genre, it's wide open. The site says the tune can be anything "from rap to classical to country and everything in between."

But the mission for anyone entering is to move the judges - "evoke tears, joy, laughter, sorrow, make us think" - with words, melody, or both.

The top 10 entries will be selected by public voting, and then an expert panel will judge the finalists to pick the winner.

And the prize is pretty sweet: the winner gets to record the tune with Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent, Cone McCaslin of Sum 41, and Grammy Award-winning producer David Bottrill, and receives a professionally produced music video.

If you're planning on entering, the deadline for submissions is June 15th, so visit the My Song For Change site and get writing.

You can catch Ian and Cone in the red chair Tuesday, July 2 at 7pm on CBC-TV.

Here are the boys with George and Make Music Matter founder Darcy Ataman:

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