‘Teen Substance Abuse Awareness Through Music’ contest

Posted May 25, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.

A songwriting competition for teens, hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is accepting entries of original songs and music videos about the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle. The winner gets $500 and a trip backstage at the 2012 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to watch a rehearsal.

“The quality of last year’s entries was so impressive that the contest is launching earlier  this year to give more students a chance to participate,” said NIDA Director Nora Volkow.

This is the second year of the competition. Last year’s winner was “Drug Free State of Mind,” a rap song by Daevion Caves and Jordan Earle Atkins of Alton, Ill.

Entries are due by Oct. 10; the contest is open to teens ages 14 to 18. More details are available on the National Drug Facts Week website, drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov.