GRAMMY Foundation & MusiCares Announce Teens Make Music Contest

The GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares and the Partnership at today announced the launch of the fourth annual Teens Make Music Contest. The contest asks young musicians, ages 14–18, to compose or create an original song and/or music video that explores, encourages and celebrates a healthy lifestyle or accurately depics a story about drug abuse.

"We've been a proud participant in this contest for the past four years," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares and The Recording Academy. "This alliance between the GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares and the Partnership at provides a valuable opportunity for teens to tell their stories about the ravages of substance abuse, and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle."

The contest's first-place winner will receive a $500 cash award and two tickets to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The second-place winner will receive $250 and the third-place winner will receive $100 courtesy of the Visions Adolescent Treatment Center in Malibu, Calif. All winners will be invited to attend the GRAMMY Awards Backstage Experience, a special backstage tour that takes place while artists rehearse for the live GRAMMY Awards. They will also join a guided tour of the Village Recorder, and have their musical entries posted on and the Vans Warped Tour website. In addition, prizes include iPads with the GarageBand app and an opportunity to release an album with Clarity Way, a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Hanover, Pa. A certificate from the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares will be given to all winners acknowledging their role in the dissemination of health information about substance abuse. The Partnership at will provide technical expertise in the judging process, with points given for an accurate depiction of the subject matter.

Original music compositions or compositions with accompanying videos must be sent to GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares postmarked no later than Dec. 2. Entries must be no more than four minutes long. For more information, visit

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