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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Song Balloting Open to All with Copy of City Newsletter

• Judges Will Select the Five Finalists

BY BILL KOENEKER


With Malibu City Council members taking on the role of executive producers, they gave the green light this week to the official city song selection guidelines and allocated $1500 for the cost of the project.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission had been discussing the matter for some time and Parks and Recreation Director Bob Stallings told council members what the panel suggested.
The recommended guidelines suggest that the city accept either new compositions or existing songs. The artist must agree to allow the city to use the song at no cost. The songs as they are submitted will be uploaded to the city’s website so the public can listen to them.
A panel of five judges will be chosen by the Parks and Recreation Commission. The judges will review all song submissions and select the top five finalists.
The five finalists will be invited to perform their song at the 2011 Chili Cook- Off.
Beforehand, the community will be invited to vote for a favorite song and mail in a ballot.
The panel of judges will announce the winning song following the Chili Cook-Off performances.
“I have never been involved in official city song regulations, but these are the best,” quipped Councilmember Lou La Monte.
Councilmember Laura Rosenthal wanted to know why the panel recommended ballots obtained from the city’s newsletter only for the popular vote rather than the Internet with online voting.
Stallings said they had no way of doing it and the city was not set up to limit voting. “The online voting could stuff the ballot box,” he added.
Councilmember Pamela Conley Ulich wanted to know who would own the copyright.
City Attorney Christi Hogin said, “We [will] own it as intellectual property.”
All three of the council members said they were pleased.
Mayor John Sibert and Councilmember Jefferson Wagner made no comments.
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 suggested members 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 council passed on the task 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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