Write a winning song and win big bucks

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

If you have always wanted to try your luck at song writing, you now have an opportunity to do so through a new song-writing competition.

The competition, called Vivacious Voice Make Yourself Heard Song Writing Competition, has prizes worth more than R30000.

The closing date for entries is August 17.

This exciting competition is the brainchild of singer, songwriter and music business entrepreneur Philip de Villiers.

He established South Africa's first Song Writing Academy in the Western Cape three months ago with The Songwriter's Toolkit course, which empowers songwriters creatively and financially.

De Villiers says: "The struggling artist is a myth. All my friends in the IT industry own luxury cars and so can songwriters. Local songwriters could be earning dollars and pounds, but only if they can write material of international standard.

"We're part of a R2,5 billion music market locally and about R385billion market internationally. Before we can export our goods to be recorded by major international stars, we must be equipped with specific knowledge and skills."

In conjunction with the competition, De Villiers will be launching a new 12-week correspondence course version of The Songwriters Toolkit to accommodate aspirant songwriters on a national scale who wish to benefit from the course.

The competition welcomes entries from all musical genres - from Afrikaans to alternative, cabaret to country, pop rock to R&B to Heavy Metal - and all genres in between.

The judging will not be genre-specific, but will be done with the quality of lyrics and melodies in mind, and also the commercial viability. The renowned judges come from different cultural and musical backgrounds, ensuring balanced, objective adjudication.

De Villiers says: "I look forward to receiving many entries, to further prove the incredible depth and diversity of musical talent we have in South Africa."

Entry forms can be downloaded at www.vivaciousvoice.com