UPDATE–DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, OCT. 25
Attention local songwriters!
If you wrote a song about the hardships today’s veterans face, what would it say? How would you use music to communicate the many new battles that soldiers encounter after coming home?
Well, WMMT wants to find out. We’re partnering with The Center for Investigative Reporting on a brand-new project that is looking for original songs on contemporary veterans’ issues. Through song, we want to tell stories of challenges that veterans face in these times, and we want to hear from all you local songwriters out there (and we take local to mean anywhere in Greater Metropolitan Central Appalachia, including Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, etc.) In particular, we’d love to hear stories about specific veterans you know and some of the challenges you’ve seen them encounter.
To submit your song to the project, email a draft MP3 recording to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Veterans’ Soundtrack” in the subject line, or mail a copy to the attention of Brett Ratliff at 91 Madison Ave., Whitesburg, KY 41858. The deadline for submissions is now Friday, Oct. 25.
Once the submissions are received, a panel of judges from WMMT and CIR will choose 10 recordings for a compilation and a potential live Veterans’ Concert here at the Appalshop. Those chosen for the compilation–which will be released under a Creative Commons license–will each receive a $200 stipend. And if you’re worried your draft song wasn’t professionally recorded, don’t! Send us whatever you got and we can help you out with the recording process if your song gets chosen.
So spread the word and get writing! We’re so excited to hear what you come up with (or what you’ve already written!). Email WMMT with any questions at email@example.com.