If you’re thinking of entering the Toronto Song Contest, listen up. The city has now released details of what it’s looking for.
Anyone who would like to participate is asked to record a song four minutes long or less, in MP3 format, and in any musical style. The song can only be submitted online by visiting the city’s website.
Entrants must be Canadian residents and at least 13 years old.
Toronto’s quest for a song was launched on March 30. The city is looking to celebrate its 175th anniversary by encouraging its residents to develop a signature.
“Our city is known worldwide for the talents of its artistic community,” Mayor David Miller says on the city’s website.
“Toronto’s musicians, singer and songwriters are an integral part of that community, so who better to write the music and the words that will give voice to Toronto’s very own song.”
The identities of the 10 judges for the competition will be announced at a later date, but are expected to be people with ties to the music industry. They will be selecting the top 10 finalists, as well as selecting a very lucky winner. The list of finalists will be announced during an upcoming summer event.
The judges will be basing their decision on creativity, originality, lyrics, melody and arrangement.
The contest ends on May 10.
It doesn’t cost a penny to submit a song but the winner will receive $5,000 — and bragging rights, of course.