GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares Announce 2012 Teens! Make Music Contest

August 20, 2012 -- 5:35 pm PDT

The partnership at, the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares have announced the launch of the third 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 depicts a story about drug abuse. Winners will be revealed during the third annual National Drug Facts Week, Jan. 28 — Feb. 3, 2013, coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The three winners of the contest will receive cash prizes, invitations to attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Backstage Experience, iPads with the GarageBand app, and an opportunity to release a record with Iron Ridge Road Recordings. In addition, their musical entries will be posted on The Recording Academy's member-based social networking site GRAMMY365, the MTV Act blog and the Above the Influence campaign website. Winners will also receive certificates from the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, acknowledging their role in the dissemination of health information about substance abuse.

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