Musicians of the Cayman Islands – here’s your chance to show off what you can do, and maybe win some cash, too.
Pirates Week’s annual song contest has been announced and you have until Friday, 26 October, to submit your compact disc and lyric sheet.
The competition is open to anyone 18 or older who has been resident in the Cayman Islands for at least one year. The lyrics and music must be original and written by residents. Previously released songs are eligible. Songs previously entered in the Pirates Week song contest are not eligible. The songwriter need not be the performer and contestants can perform only one song.
The song must be lively, upbeat Caribbean Carnival music and submitted on CD. The song will be uploaded onto the cayCompass.com site where the general public will vote for the one they like the best. Only one vote per person will be allowed per hour. This will stop multiple voting to be fair to all entrants. Voting will start online on Tuesday, 30 October, and end at noon on Thursday, 8 November.
The contest winner must be available to be in the Pirates Week Float Parade if so requested and to make personal appearances throughout the 10 days of Pirates Week if requested. The winner’s prize is $1,000 plus four hours studio time with Hopscotch Studios and once a demo tape has been produced, it will be forwarded to VP Records for consideration by the person responsible for new talent recruitment.
All rights to the song remain the property of writer/performer, but Pirates Week National Festival may use the winning songs free of charge for the promotion of Pirates Week only.
You can enter the competition online at www.caycompass.com/competitions by filling in your details and sending through your recorded song and your lyrics, or by dropping a CD of the song with a printed/typed version of your lyrics at Cayman Free Press on Shedden Road with a filled out entry form which you will find at the reception desk. You can mail it to Cayman Free Press, PO Box 1365, Grand Cayman KY1-1108, Cayman Islands.