The Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (COSCAP), in collaboration with the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) will officially launch their annual “Guardians of Music Sing a Tune” programme and competition in schools across Barbados this month.
The annual programme which started in December 2013, was specifically designed to provide secondary school students with an opportunity to further explore their creative skills. In addition, the programme seeks to encourage students to work collaboratively in teams, teach students self-expression through music whilst promoting knowledge about music, production and copyright. A songwriting competition was introduced where students are required to write an original song – lyrics and melody – with the opportunity to have the work produced in a studio and the chance to win attractive prizes.
On Friday two of COSCAP’s Guardians of Music met with some of the music students at The St. Michael School.
“This is an opportunity for students to explore their creative skills through songwriting. I fell in love with music at a young age and followed my passion. I hope that this competition will provide an avenue for some individuals to recognize their talents”, said COSCAP’s Guardian of Music, Mr. Stedson “RPB” Wiltshire.
Anderson “Mr. Blood” Armstrong, Chairman of COSCAP and also a “Guardian”, urged students to show love and respect for music and it will show you that back. “You will see the rewards”, Armstrong told students.
The programme consists of 2 phases. In Phase 1, students enter original songs in any genre as individuals or in groups of up to three (3) persons. The songs should consist of words and melody. The top five (5) songs will be selected by a jury consisting of five (5) judges. The deadline for submission for Phase 1 is July 29th 2016. Submission can be either electronically on www.guardiansormusic.com, email:email@example.com or by submitting a CD at COSCAP's office.
In phase 2 the writers of the top five (5) songs will work with a Guardian of Music who will assist them in ensuring that the song is properly arranged. Each song will be professionally recorded in a local studio. The songs will then be judged by a jury consisting of three (3) judges to determine the best written song in terms of lyrics and melody. The deadline for completion of the recordings for Phase 2 is September 30th 2016. The winners will be announced by October 15th 2016.
This year, in celebration of Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence, a special prize will be awarded for the best song which depicts nationhood.
“Through this programme we also aim to educate students about career opportunities within the creative sector, whilst highlighting the successes of some of our own members, and Guardians. Of importance is that we must recognize that not all students learn in the same way, rather some individuals may have an auditory or kinesthetic learning style, or that some are more musically inclined than others without even recognizing it. We are hoping that in this digital age students are also able to use these skills to enhance their learning in classrooms as well,” said Erica Smith, CEO of COSCAP.