If you’re a musician between the ages of 14-18, you’re invited to submit an original piece of music that celebrates life above the influence or brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance abuse. Winners receive tickets to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and related events! Awards also include tickets to Vans Warped Tour, cash and other prizes!
Previous Winners at the GRAMMYs
To enter, participants must submit an original Music Video OR original Music/Lyrics composition. See complete contest rules and requirements for instructions on how to enter. Songs will be judged equally on originality, lyrics, melody and composition as well as accurate portrayal of the importance of healthy personal choices or the dangers of drug abuse and addiction by a committee of music industry professional, including publishers, producers and artists. Past judges have included Kevin Lyman (Founder and Producer, Vans Warped Tour), Brad Smith (Artist, Blind Melon and Abandon Jalopy), Mark Kendall (Artist, Great White), Gavin Lurssen (GRAMMY® Award-winning Engineer), Dave Krusen (Artist, Pearl Jam and Candlebox), Pete Fisher (GM of Grand Ole Opry), Tom DeSavia (Songs Music Publishing), Kevin Griffin (Vocalist, Better than Ezra; Songwriter/Producer), Jen Czeisler (Owner, Rogue Octopus) and Christopher Thorn (Producer/Guitarist, Awolnation).
Submission must be postmarked no later than December 9, 2016 (we reserve the right to extend the deadline of the competition if needed). Winners will be notified in January 2017, and announced publicly, on the MusiCares®, GRAMMY Foundation®, Vans Warped Tour, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and National Institute on Drug Abuse websites in January 2017 as part of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.
Three winners will be selected (1st, 2nd and 3rd place).
The first place winner will receive two tickets to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® at the Los Angeles-based Staples Center, two tickets to the GRAMMY Celebration®, a grand cash prize of $500 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center, will be invited to perform a set at the Acoustic Tent on Warped Tour 2017 in the city closest to their hometown, and other prizes.
The second place winner will receive a cash prize of $250 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center, and other prizes.
The third place winner will receive a cash award of $100 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center, and other prizes.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have the opportunity to attend the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during a GRAMMY® rehearsal held prior to the awards show in Los Angeles, California. Winners will receive lunch and a MusiCares®/Grammy certificate of appreciation, two tickets to the GRAMMY museum, two tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show, and a gift bag. Prizes have been furnished by Vans Warped Tour, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Ernie Ball, Vater, Blu Mics, Nixon and Visions Adolescent Treatment Center.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a Visa gift card valued at $250 to be used toward airfare to/from Los Angeles.
A chaperone will be required. Winners will be resonsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
All three winners will have their original compositions posted on the MusiCares® and GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Web site (the premiere site for Recording Academy members), the Vans Warped Tour website, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse websites in January 2017.
All Three winners will have the opportunity to attend a guided tour of The Village Recording Studio.
Winners may have the opportunity to engage in press or media interviews. If you are currently under a court ordered program, please make sure that participation in this contest does not conflict with your obligations to the court.
Complete Rules and Requirements
(Questions about contest rules can be directed to Erica Krusen at MusiCares® at 310-581-8729.)
Entries missing any of the required items below will be automatically disqualified.
This contest is open to U.S. citizens or legal residents between the ages of 14 and 18 who are currently enrolled in high school in any state in the United States, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, or U.S. military bases located outside of the U.S. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled.
Parents or legal guardian(s) of applicants will assume responsibility for review of entry and application content, including compliance with these contest requirements and rules.
Entrants working together in a group are team members. Each team may not have more than 2 team members in their group and should submit one entry form and two essays. Any submission may have multiple performers on the song but only two may enter the contest. If there are multiple performers on a song, the division of prizes is the responsibility of the winner(s).
Entrants must perform their own music.
MusiCares® will judge submissions based on originality, lyrics, melody and composition as well as their accurate portrayal of the importance of healthy personal choices or the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. For accurate scientific information on drug abuse and addiction, entrants are encouraged to use this website as a resource, specifically information found under Know the Facts.
Each entry should be in a CD-R or DVD format. Prior to submitting, please verify that your entry is able to be viewed or listened to on a standard CD/DVD player. The video or music/lyric composition must be no longer than 4 minutes. Submissions received in MP3 format will NOT be accepted. Entry materials will NOT be returned to the entrant.
Submissions are to be mailed to:
Teens Make Music Contest
3030 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Attention: Erica Krusen firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred)
(Phone inquiries: 310-581-8729)
Submissions must also include:
Part A: Contestant name(s), mailing address, phone and e-mail address, age, year in school, name of high school, a head shot, and how you heard about the contest. Part B: A statement on why the contestant is interested in the project. For example, your own experiences, experiences with a friend or family member who is struggling with substance abuse, your view of peer pressure, your approach to personal choices, etc. (maximum 2 pages) Part C: A brief statement on the background of the song and/or video and a copy of all lyrics. Part D: Both the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the MusiCares®/ GRAMMY Foundations® each require separate consent forms from all contestants, signed by the student and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Click here [PDF] for the MusiCares® consent form and here [PDF] for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids consent form.
The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that violates or infringes on another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright or license infringement.
The video or music/lyric composition must not contain brand names or trademarks.
The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that promotes bigotry, hatred, or harm toward any group or individual or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations of any state where the video is created.
Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without compensation.