• Musicians: Enter the essay contest!

    Inspired by Richard Rejino’s “What Music Means to Me” project, www.WhatMusicMeansToMe.org, music makers in our community have the opportunity to share personal stories of how making music has affected their lives in positive ways.  The grand prize for our local level of the competition is a paperback copy of the book “What Music Means To Me” and a $75 gift certificate from Bookmark Music.   This competition is sponsored locally by Bookmark Music and Cedar Street Times.  The winner of this competition is then entered in the national competition with a grand prize of $500.  The national competition is sponsored by Madeleine Crouch & Co., Inc and Morty & Iris Manus.  The entire concept is a cooperative effort of members of RPMDA, the Retail Print Music Dealers Association.

    Entry rules:
    Entrants can be music-makers of any age.
    One essay per entrant. Essays can be any length up to 1,000 words. Essays must be original and must not infringe on the intellectual property rights of a third person.
    There is no entry fee.
    RPMDA dealer members nor RPMDA assume responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, postage-due, or illegible entries, all of which will be disqualified. All materials submitted will become Bookmark Music’s or RPMDA’s property and will not be returned.
    Essays in local competitions will be judged by a person or persons from Bookmark Music and Cedar Street Times. Winning local essays submitted in the national competition will be judged by a person or persons selected by RPMDA. The decisions of the judges will be final. Essays will be judged on their effectiveness, insightfulness, creativity, and development of the ideas expressed.
    Mail-in entries will preferably be typed or computer-printed, double-spaced, and addressed “Attention RPMDA Essay Competition,” followed by “Bookmark Music, 307 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950”. Handwritten essays must be highly legible.  Emailed entries should be sent with the subject line “RPMDA Essay Competition.” RPMDA dealer members and RPMDA reserve the right to disqualify illegible entries. To ensure anonymity with the judges, entrants should print a pseudonym on their essay. For digital submissions, they should email their pseudonym along with a PDF or Word-compatible attachment, plus real name, address, telephone number, fax number and email address. If submitting by mail, attach a 3×5 card or the equivalent with the same information. If an entrant is younger than 18 years old, a parental consent that includes parent’s first and last name plus that parent’s telephone number, email (if available), and mailing address must be provided.
    Deadline: Postmark and electronic deadline is March 5, 2011. To be considered in the competition, local either by mail, fax or email, send entry to 307 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA, fax 831/648-0518, or marcia@bookmarkmusic.com.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 26, 2011

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News

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