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Play It Strange - Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

Thursday 27 August 2015

Play It Strange - 2015 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

Play It Strange has this week announced the winner and list of finalists for their flagship competition, the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition which is open to all secondary school students.

Grace Wood (year 13) from St Kentigern College won with her song ‘Young, Naive and Reckless’.

Along with a trophy, Grace receives;

A $1,000 NZ Rockshop voucher and for the first time for the winner.....A special $10,000 NZ On Air Making Tracks grant for recording and making a music video.

The judges comment on the song was “Grace mastered the match of music and lyrics really well. And her inventive melody/rhythms were cool. It was a song we kept playing again and again”.

Grace and the other 41 finalists will now have the opportunity to go into a professional recording studio to record their songs and have them mastered for the annual Play It Strange double CD.

"The recording prize is a great experience in itself", says trust CEO Mike Chunn. "For many their entry has been a bedroom style recording. They now have a real recording situation with input from an engineer - making a "great recording" of their great song".

On the craft of songwriting Chunn says, "Writing a song is not easy. Writing a really memorable and engaging song is truly difficult. Each year the standard gets better as more and more students take part and learn from each other".

Hence the ethos of the trust - "creating young New Zealanders who have been positively influenced and empowered to express with imagination their own creativity through music".

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The Top 41 finalists for 2015 also receive a $50 NZ Rockshop voucher for each song.

There are further awards to be announced and an award ceremony will take place later in the year.

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