Songwriting Contest launched

The United Way of Fort McMurray has partnered with DK Films, Campbell’s Music and Samson Audio to launch a songwriting contest.

“We are interested in having a songwriter interpret our theme of CHANGE STARTS HERE, expressing the energy, excitement and impact of the United Way Community Campaign in a song,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director, United Way of Fort McMurray.

Songwriters are encouraged to watch the Seeing Is Believing videos that were published on YouTube earlier this fall (visit to get a sense of what CHANGE STARTS HERE is all about.

“Thousands of people contribute their time and money during our community campaign,” said Shannon. “The impact of that generosity is seen through our member agencies and multiple programs that we are able to support. The successful song will generate excitement about our 10-week campaign and capture the generous spirit and caring nature of our region.”

Songs can be submitted between now and November 7.

“We are asking that the songs be submitted as a private video link on YouTube or other video sharing platform,” said Russell Thomas, Director of Communications and Community Impact. “It is important for us to get a sense of the song, but also the person or persons performing it. So, record yourself using your tablet, mobile device or camcorder, upload it, and then send us the link to It’s that easy.”

Three finalists will be selected by a panel made up of representatives from DK Films, Campbell’s Music and the United Way of Fort McMurray to perform their song at the VIP Red Carpet Reception at the Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre on November 18. A winner will be selected by our VIP (Volunteers Inspiring People) guests that evening.

The winning songwriter/performer will get a Samson Audio home recording package from Campbell’s Music, a music video produced by DK Films, and a live performance opportunity at the 2015 Community Campaign Kick-Off Event at MacDonald Island.

Rules and regulations are available by clicking here.

Author: The United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo | 780-791-0077 ext. 3015