Got a Shore tune? Contest seeks anthem

Posted: July 24, 2013

TRENTON - A campaign promoting Sandy recovery efforts along the Jersey Shore is launching a contest for musical artists to create an original song to become New Jersey's summer anthem.

Submission of song entries to the Jersey Shore Soundoff began Monday. The contest was created by Stronger Than the Storm, a statewide campaign that has been touting tourism in an effort to bring visitors to the area for the first summer after Sandy devastated many beach areas.

Solo artists and bands have four weeks to submit online videos of performances to be voted on by the public. The winner will perform at a Sept. 7 concert at the Shore alongside a music act that has not yet been determined.

Musicians entered must not hold any contracts with recording companies, music publishing, or any organization that would interfere with an ability to perform. While contestants are required to be New Jersey residents, people around the country are eligible to vote online. A celebrity panel of judges also will join in the voting process.

The Stronger than the Storm campaign already has a theme song that has been playing on radio and TV and appearing on digital ads since May. But Shannon Eis, a contest organizer and spokeswoman for the campaign, said the idea was an effort to create an authentic anthem from people who were affected by the storm and to celebrate the state's musical roots.

"It felt important to make something custom-created," Eis said.

Eis said the contest was aimed at recognizing "the awesome musical talent that resides in New Jersey."

The first phase of voting begins Monday and lasts until Aug. 11. A second round of online voting will be from Aug. 12 to 18, and a celebrity panel will determine three finalists. Then, the final stage of voting from Aug. 19 to 25 will determine the winner, who will be announced Aug. 26. People can cast their votes online once a day at summersoundoff.strongerthanthestorm.com.

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