Optimists Seek Music Contest Entrants 

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The Pacific Palisades Optimist Club spread happiness marching in the Fourth of July parade.
Photo: Morgan Genser

The Pacific Palisades Optimist Club is encouraging all youth, ages 11 to 18, to enter an International Optimist competition: “Music Makes People Happy.”

This is a new program designed to encourage and celebrate youth in both musical and vocal categories. Entries should be no longer than three minutes and the entry will go straight to Optimist International via YouTube with the hashtag#OptimistMusicalHappiness2021.

At the International level, 1st place in each category will receive a $250 scholarship; 2nd place in each category will receive a $150 scholarship and 3rd place in each category will receive a $100 scholarship – plus bragging rights.

Guidelines include: 1) song or music should fall under the topic “Choose Happiness;” 2) Contestants must be a minimum age of 11 and under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent; 3) Any performances must be original material or in the public domain (free of copyright and/or royalty free); 4) The Musical or Vocal submission shall be no longer than three minutes; and 5) All entries must be submitted through YouTube using the #OptimistMusicalHappiness2021 no later than March 15. Additionally, the YouTube link must be mailed to programs@optimist.org and in the subject line write #OptimistMusicalHappiness2021 and include the attached form; https://files.constantcontact.com/bd835e88001/ce25c6f6-d8aa-4403-8365-4bf6b2a8ffa0.pdf

The winners will be announced on the International Day of Happiness on March 20.

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