The deadline for the seventh annual GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Teens Make Music Contest has been extended through Dec. 9. Presented in conjunction with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids as part of its "Above the Influence" campaign, the contest asks young musicians, ages 14–18, to compose or create an original song and/or music video that celebrates life above the influence or brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance abuse.
The first-place winner will receive two tickets to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, two tickets to the GRAMMY Celebration after-party and a cash award of $500 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center. The winner will also have the opportunity to perform a set at the Acoustic Tent on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour in the city closest to their hometown.
The second-place winner will receive a cash prize of $250 and the third-place winner will receive a cash prize of $100 (both provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center). All three winners will have the opportunity to attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during rehearsals. Other prizes include a Visa gift card valued at $250 to be used toward airfare to and from Los Angeles, two tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show, gift bags, and more.
All three winners will have their original compositions posted on the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation's websites, the Vans Warped Tour website and on Drugfree.org in January 2017. Winners will also be featured during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week taking place Jan. 23–29, 2017.
Original music compositions or compositions with accompanying videos must be sent to the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares postmarked no later than Dec. 9, 2016. Entries must be no more than four minutes long and they must include lyrics. For more information and to enter the contest, please visit www.abovetheinfluence.com/GRAMMYs.