Submissions for the ninth annual Teens Make Music Contest have officially opened. MusiCares and Facing Addiction with NCADD are inviting young songwriters and musicians aged 14-18 from all over the globe to submit songs that celebrate a life without addiction or substance use. From now until December 15, contest organizers are asking the future of music to play a little louder and submit an original song and/or music video that celebrates life without alcohol or other drugs and brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance misuse. The contest was established nearly a decade ago to give young musicians a stronger and louder voice to spread awareness about addiction in teens.
Fighting Addiction in Teens
First prize includes two tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, two tickets to the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party, and more. Second and third-place winners will receive cash prizes and an opportunity to attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during a GRAMMY® rehearsal held prior to the awards show in Los Angeles. All, entrants, however, will have the honor of knowing that their original music is helping to fight teen drug use, and substance use disorder in all other age groups in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that rates of drug use are 5.8 percent among 8th graders, 9.4 percent among 10th graders, and 13.3 percent among 12th graders.
The Future of Music…and Everything Else
It’s all too easy, and common, to discount the power and influence of teens; however when we hear the music that these young artists create, we’re reminded of the ageless power of music and the ability of youth to affect change. While teen drug abuse is at its lowest point in years, there’s still a lot of work to do…and these young artists are doing it.