National Environment Agency (NEA) has shortlisted 13 finalists out of over 900 participants to perform their written submissions to the public on 27 August, 1.30pm – 5pm at Orchard Central (Level 1 Water Feature Area & Discover Walk 1).
For more details, please see press release below. Information is also available at www.nea.ecomusic.sg and http://www.facebook.com/nea.ecomusic
National Environment Agency’s Eco Music Challenge 2011 enjoys stronger support with over 300 eco-song entries from youths
13 outstanding eco-songs have been selected to engage the public to safeguard, nurture and cherish the environment
Singapore, 11 August 2011 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) today unveiled the 13 talented finalists of its Eco Music Challenge 2011, a national song-writing competition to search for talented and passionate individuals to express their appreciation and support for our beautiful environment through music.
The Eco Music Challenge signifies NEA’s new approach in using music as an emotional link between youth and the environment, touching their hearts and minds on environmental awareness and ownership. It underpins the Clean & Green Singapore (CGS) campaign that hopes to inspire Singaporeans to adopt eco-practices as an integral part of their daily lives.
This year, the competition achieved a new milestone with over 300 song entries from more than 900 youth participants. Of which, 13 outstanding finalists were shortlisted with English and Chinese compositions that vary in wider music genres and styles, such as rock, pop, folk, acoustic and jazz, and a creative musical illustration of the environment that everyone needs to safeguard and cherish.
The challenge is also an initiative to support the local music scene, giving aspiring young musicians an opportunity to showcase their musical talent. Local musician and the competition’s ambassador, Inch Chua, said “The Eco Music Challenge is exemplary of how when two dots (referring to composing song and going green) meet, everything suddenly makes sense and voila!, we are on our way (to rallying everyone to embrace and protect our beautiful environment).”
This year’s competition also involved more partners including Timbre Music Academy, Intune Music School, and veteran singer-songwriter, Clement Chow. All 13 finalists will undergo a three-week mentorship programme with popular local musicians Sara Wee, who was a guest vocal trainer on Singapore Idol Season Three, Luthfi Hamzah and Mang Irama Dusqie from Timbre Music Academy, Peng Chi Sheng from Intune Music School, and Clement Chow. The mentorship programme will prepare the finalists for the finale concert where the winning song will be crowned the official CGS 2012 theme song.
“This is the first time that Timbre Music Academy is involved in the Eco Music Challenge and I am impressed by the strong interest and outstanding entries. It was challenging to select the top 13 songs,” said Danny Loong, co-founder and chief creative director of Timbre Group. “Having been involved intensively with championing the Singapore music scene for the last 6 years, it is befitting for Timbre to be part of this competition and help champion the environment as part of our corporate social responsibility,” he added.
The finale concert will be held at Orchard Central, from 1.30pm to 5pm. Winners in the contest will win sponsored cash prizes of over S$13,000, with the top three winners receiving cash prizes of S$5,000, S$3,000 and S$2,000 respectively. The Eco Music Challenge will also present many opportunities for the top three winners to showcase their talents such as performing at Timbre and at other events, including the CGS 2012 launch ceremony in October 2011.
“We are encouraged by the positive response. We hope that riding on this success, we can continue to develop creative ways to engage the youth and empower them to create content that will promote the environment to their peers and the larger community,” said Andrew Tan, Chief Executive Officer of NEA. “Our top 13 finalists come from varied backgrounds; from students and music teachers to cabin crew members and doctors, and even one of Cleo Magazine’s 50 most eligible bachelors. We hope that their diversity in professions will enable their green composition to touch every part of the community,” he added.
The profile of these 13 outstanding finalists is available at http://www.nea.ecomusic.sg and http://www.facebook.com/nea.ecomusic and the public can support their favourite song and finalist by signing on to Facebook. The finale concert is open to the public and there are prizes to be won for the lucky winner who can guess the winning song.