The Maine Academy of Modern Music, in collaboration with the Maine Center of Creativity, is conducting a songwriting contest to select an original song by a Maine songwriter to be used in a music video project. All Maine songwriters are invited to participate. Deadline for submission is Saturday, Aug. 31.

The winning song will be professionally recorded and featured in a music video produced in the spirit of "Be in Love," released in 2012. The music video will focus on celebrating the State of Maine and its incredibly talented creative arts community and will premiere on Playing For Change Day in September 2014. A release of the recorded song as a single is planned. The winning songwriter also will be awarded a grand prize of $1,000 from Portland’s Asylum Nightclub & Music Venue.

The contest is open to all songwriters who are current legal residents of Maine; have lived in Maine at least two of the last five years; own real property in Maine; or were born in Maine. Entrants may be any age; minors will be required to obtain and submit written permission from parent or legal guardian to participate. Those submitting many not be, individually or as part of any musical group, under an exclusive recording contract and/or a recording contract with a major record label or distributed by a major distributor or record label.

For details on eligibility, submission guidelines and form, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or