Teens Invited To Enter Anti-Drug Song Writing Contest

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MILLBURN – What better way is there for New Jersey teens to shout down drugs than by using one of the most effective entertainment mediums?

The New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music competition is a drug prevention song writing contest looking for talented high school students to create original peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention songs. All entries must be received by Jan. 14. County finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges for a chance to win one of three music contracts at the annual statewide Prevention Concert, being held on May 5, 2011, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. The music contracts are valued at $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

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“The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has witnessed enormous enthusiasm from past participants of this program,” noted PDFNJ executive director, Angelo M. Valente. “Last year we received entries from 19 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. “This year we look forward to hearing from students from every county across the state. Whether you’re a rocker, a hip hop artist, a gospel or ballad singer, all music genres are welcome.”

Last spring the program’s inaugural website—www.shoutdowndrugs.com—was unveiled in which viewers can access all contest forms, past concert photos and video clips, and even listen to the music of last year’s finalists. One of the most exciting features of the website provides the public a chance to listen to the entries and vote for their favorite songs. Last April, in a three-week period, over 150,000 votes were cast. Votes can be cast starting February 1, 2011.

“Teens are influenced by what they listen to,” Valente added, “and unfortunately they are exposed to dozens of explicit references a day about drugs and alcohol abuse through popular music. It’s important to give young people a vehicle to express how they really feel about staying away from drugs and alcohol and positively influence one another.”


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