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AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest 2020

August 24, 2020 02:53 PM

AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest 2020

Copy_of_COVID-19_resource_page_SquareAMTA 2020 ConferenceAttention music therapy professionals, students, and interns: Here’s an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and help the wider world cope with the COVID-19 pandemic by submitting your original song to AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest.

We know music is an effective way to share and teach information, so we want to influence positive behavior change through music by sharing information about important topics related to COVID-19. We are seeking songs that share important health-promoting information while also allowing music therapists to highlight their work and organizations as well as bring attention to the field of music therapy and the American Music Therapy Association.

How does it work?

  1. Write an original song with lyrics, on a topic that relates to COVID-19.
  2. Record a video of yourself performing this song. 
  3. Include lyrics on your video. Other visuals are optional (but encouraged!).
  4. Create a lead sheet for your song and save in Word or Google Docs format.
  5. Fill out the form and upload your video and lead sheet at

Possible topics include but are not limited to things like hand washing, mask wearing, and coping with change. Songs should be family friendly and AMTA may publish your song and lead sheet on our social media!

You may submit your entry when ready but no later than close of business October 15th, 2020. Songs will be reviewed and at a minimum, one grand prize winner will receive a free 2021 membership in AMTA. Evaluations by a select committee of judges will occur after submissions close on October 15, 2020.Judges will be announced in upcoming weeks.

Questions? Email and use the subject line “Songwriting contest.”

Check out the entries here!