Thursday, 11 August 2011



The idea?
To write and record a very high quality song that best reflects the talent
that we have here in Scotland.
Participants MUST be Members of the Scotland Is Alive With Music (SIAWM) Group.
The song should focus on exhibiting/capturing a feel for Scotland and its musical heritage.
The song title can be anything and need not be entitled "Scotland Is Alive
With Music" nor feature these words (grouped in this way) in the
lyrics. It would be great though, if the song title and/or lyrics did support the concept of Scotland being (as it is) alive with music.
All entrants must write a song, put music to it, record it (the recording
can be done in a bedroom if need be) and submit the recorded composition to SIAWM as a playable file.
We're in the process of pulling together a team of "judges", who will select
the 6 compositions that they consider to be best contenders for possibly winning.
These 6 compositions will then be published through SIAWM and a voting system established.
Members of the Scotland Is Alive With Music Group will be allowed to vote
and the winning song will be the one with the most votes.
In the very unlikely event of a dead heat the Founder of Scotland Is Alive With Music will have the deciding vote.
The winning entry will win 4 hours of recording time at a high quality recording studio (mastering will be done by their personnel).
The finished "product" will then get the full support of SIAWM in its promotion to the public.

The timetable?

* ALL who intend to participate should intimate that intention to SIAWM by
e-mail BEFORE submitting their composition (e-mail address below).

* All entries to be attached to an e-mail and sent to

* Submissions to be made between midnight August 8 and midnight September 30.

* "Best 6" as decided by the "judging panel" will be announced midnight 9 October.

* Voting by SIAWM Members will commence from midnight 9 October and continue until
midnight 6 November

* Winning entry will be announced on the SIAWM Page (PLEASE NOTE that this is the Page) NOT the Group no later than midnight 14 October.
To be informed of the announcement, members of SIAWM will need to have "liked" the SIAWM Page.
Here is the link to the SIAWM Page :​ges/Scotland-Is-Alive-With​-Music/102616526491597

* Winning composition will be allocated the 4 hours of recording time with the intention of the finished "product" being available for loading to appropriate Internet sites (eg. Reverbnation, Soundcloud, iTunes, etc) for purposes of selling.

* If all goes well, it would the intention of starting the publicity "machine" no later than 1 November.

* ALL known radio stations, contactable radio presenters, community radio stations, Internet "broadcasters", local and national press, TV broadcasters and Uncle Tom Cobbly and all will be made aware of the composition.

* Other "(Country) Is Alive With Music" Group members will be made aware of the composition.


That we produce a significantly popular composition that puts the composer and Scotland on the map before the end of the year.

Eat your heart out X Factor?

Who knows?

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