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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Get Out the Sheet Paper, the City Song Contest Is Calling All Composers

• Deadline for Entries Is June 15

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu city song contest officially opened this week at the Malibu City Council meeting during the city’s 20th birthday party on Monday night.
Council members gave their approval at a previous meeting to the official city song selection guidelines and allocated $1500 for the cost of the project.
The money was used for a brochure that announces the “Malibu idol” style selection process, gives the deadline for submissions and explains that songs may be submitted in MP3 format or CD with a completed entry form. Entries may be submitted to Citysong@ci.malibu.ca.us. Entry forms may be found at the city’s website at: www.ci.malibu,ca,us or at the new City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. Entries will not be returned.
The guidelines call for the city to accept either new compositions or existing songs. The artist must agree to allow the city to use the song at no cost. The song will be owned by the city and “will be used at a variety of city special events and activities.”
It may be boilerplate language, but the fine print in the general release states “the undersigned agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the City of Malibu...against any and all loss, liability charges and expenses, including attorney fees and costs, which may arise by reason of participation in any program.”
The songs, as they are submitted, will be uploaded to the city’s website so the public can listen to them.
“All we need to do is get a panel of judges,” said Councilmember Laura Rosenthal, who has spearheaded the event and made the announcement about the opening date this week.
A panel of five judges will be chosen by the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission. The judges will review all song submissions and select the top five finalists.
These five finalists will be invited to perform their song at the 2011 Chili Cook- Off over the Labor Day weekend.
Beforehand, the community will be invited to vote for a favorite song and mail in a ballot. These votes will determine which song is finally selected
The panel of judges will announce the winning song following the Chili Cook-Off performances.
The finalists will be chosen by June 30. Selection ballots will be accepted from Aug. 1 through Sept. 1.
The quest for an official city song came about after a local family performed a song in council chambers they had composed about Malibu and urged council members to consider adopting an official city song.
Rosenthal was enthused about the idea and suggested the council put together a challenge to other artists.
Subsequently, the city council passed the task on to the parks and rec panel for establishing a process for selecting a song that would be adopted as the official city song of Malibu.

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