Last Night, I had the wonderful privilege to listen to one of the country’s legendary music maestros, Ryan Cayabyab, talk about his new project, the Philippine Popular Music Festival.
He is a visionary for Philippine Music and Culture. He was very passionate and authentic when he explained to the group the mechanics of the competition.
It is a songwriting competition for all Filipino composers, performers and music lovers.
The Prize Money is a staggering P1 million in cash for the top song and the runner ups will get P500,000 and P250,000 respectively.
The top 15 finalists will do a final competition and performance at the PICC on July 14, 2012.
This project is supported by the MVP Group of companies such as Maynilad, Meralco, PLDT and Metro Pacific Investments.
The deadline for the song entries is until midnight of May 10, 2012. So get started with your songs and send them in before the deadline!
The format for the entries will be in MP3 format and the genre can be any of the popular music genre or a fusion of the different genres, in any form or structure.
Each composition should not exceed 4 minutes. Each contestant can send a maximum of two songs, either as a sole composer or as a collaborator.
Song lyrics may be in Filipino, English, any Filipino dialect or a combination thereof.
The judges will look at the following criteria: artistry and creativity of music (50%) and lyrics (50%).
This project is made to revive the former glory of the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival (Metropop) where Ryan Cayabyab’s entry, Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika won top prize!
Below are some of my notes from his explanation of the project as well as pictures from the event.
- This project is on the lookout for new songs that will feature this generation’s expressions and styles.
- It’s on the lookout for fresh and new song writers.
- Fresh ideas and new approaches to music will be valued.
- There is no age limit for the contest. Those below 18 will just need parental consent to join the contest.
- The vision for the project is that one day we will export music also, not just artists.
- Those that do not make it to the top 3 but still make it to the top 14 and 100 can pitch their songs to professional singers and record labels.
- The big question is, “What is the sound of this generation?” This Music Festival will answer that!
- Radio Republic will feature songs that will come out from this song writing competition.
Pictures from the event:
Special thanks also to Jeman Villanueva, Editor at Orange Magazine TV for inviting bloggers like me to the event
So there, get your pens out and let your creative juices rolling. Send your entries to Philippine Popular Music Festival and have a chance at winning P1 million!