As its developmental contribution to engender respect for copyrights in the creative industry, Greysage Consulting, a leading law firm has declared open a songwriting contest with mouthwatering prizes for Nigerian music talents.
The month-long online based competition which will begin on 12th of September, 2020, would end on 12th of October, 2020. Organizers have lined up as jury popular Nigerian musicians and songwriting wizards including Johnny Drille, Blackjerzee, Obinna Agwu, and Timi Dakolo among others.
The best songwriting talent will walk home in a winner-takes-all reward of N100,000 cash prize in addition to other freebies including a photo session, production, music equipment gift and legal consultation with a reputable entertainment lawyer.
According to Akinyemi Ayinoluwa, the convener who is a top-rated creative industry influencer and lawyer, the competition has a goal to impact positively on the music ecosystem. He revealed, “To support the empowerment of songwriters across the country with financial resources, education, networking opportunities, mentorship, and advocacy.This competition will draw attention to the importance of songwriting as an art and profession.”
To qualify, organizers revealed that interested participants are expected to share a 90 second video entry of a song with chorus and hook on instagram with the hashtag #securedabag #greysagesongwritercontest and also follow @greysagehq as well as her partners and sponsors on instagram.
The songwriting contest is another installment in a series of creative industry interventions by Greysage Consulting which establishes it firmly as one of the critical stakeholders in the music subset of the ecosystem. It recently organized a webinar to discuss the importance of BBC 1 XTRA produced Afrobeats Chat which was subscribed by more than 30 record producers and songwriters.
Similarly, last year Greysage made a modest effort to bridge the knowledge gap on copyrights and royalties among upcoming artistes and creators of music. It held a well-attended event tagged Secure The Bag, a monetization meet-up at Tenstrings Music Institute, Lekki, Lagos.Facilitators comprised industry eggheads such as DJ Coublon, Klem, Fiokee, Oyindamola Ameen, Damilola Akinwunmi and Femi Salawu.
Akinyemi while reinforcing the commitment of Greysage to the music community and by extension the whole gamut of the entertainment industry disclosed that it had a lot lined up to help galvanize development in the industry. “We are at a critical period when the demand for Afrobeats by the international audience has spiked. It is critical that all stakeholders get involved especially through knowledge sharing to make the growth sustainable,” he submitted.