The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Culture Matters are pleased to announce a new Songwriting and Spoken Word Award.
The Award is now open for submissions. The purpose of the new Award is to encourage songwriters and spoken word performers to write material meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with songwriting and spoken word. There is a £100 cash prize for each of the top five entries. The judges will be from CWU and Culture Matters.
Dave Ward, General Secretary of the CWU, said,
I welcome this new partnership with Culture Matters. The arts and culture generally are vital to the labour movement, and working class communities across the country. Good access to the arts, sports and other cultural activities are part of the social wage. State support needs to be re-balanced so that working people everywhere can enjoy cheap, accessible and good quality provision.
We are sponsoring this Award because we want to encourage our members in the CWU, and working people everywhere, to express themselves creatively on themes that matter to them as workers.
So get writing and get performing, and send your entries in!
Submission Guidelines and Award Rules
Entry is open to all, regardless of trade union membership. The submission guidelines are as follows:
- Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common language of music and the spoken word.
- Entries are restricted to original material, in English, by solo or duo artists/performers.
- Entries must be submitted as audio or video files (MP3/4 format, YouTube link or similar), via e-mail.
- Entrants must be resident in the United Kingdom.
- Entries must be accompanied by an entry fee of £5, to be paid by bank transfer to Culture Matters Co-operative Ltd, The Co-operative Bank, 089299/65822760.
- Entrants may submit up to three songs/performances.
- The organisers accept no responsibility for entries that are incorrectly submitted or not delivered due to technical faults.
- By entering the Award, entrants agree to accept and be bound by the rules of the Award and the decisions of the judges.
The winners will be invited to perform at the CWU annual conference in Bournemouth in April 2018. All entries remain the copyright of the entrant but CWU and Culture Matters will have the right to publish them online and in other media.
Chris Guiton is a project manager, writer and Co-managing editor of Culture Matters.