Scholarship competition aimed toward young songwriters

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Local high school students with a penchant for songwriting can earn a $500 scholarship.

It’s the Songwriters Assocation of Mid-North Indiana 2014 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters.

With an original song, students from the ages of 14 to 19 can win $500 to be used toward furthering education, a musical instrument or other songwriting-supporting endeavor.

SAMI’s Scott Greeson and the 2012 scholarship winner Briagha McTavish appeared on News 18 This Morning to talk more about the opportunity.

Greeson said, “We’re all about educating and developing young songwriters. We believe it makes a difference to the community. It helps them, and arts help us. The better they are able to convey their stories and tell their stories about growing up in the region — it benefits all of us.”

When asked about the songwriting process, McTavish said, “It’s completely different every time. Sometimes I’ll start with a melody that comes into my head, and I come up with a piano part or something to go with it. Most of the time, it’s just something that pops in whether it’s a lyric or a melody or a piano part.”

For information on how to apply, head to the SAMI web site.

Click on the video to see McTavish perform her scholarship-winning song, “Sick” on News 18 This Morning.

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