Submitted by Nick Previsich – MOCA and Susan Piercey – Merrickville’s Jazz Fest

The Merrickville Organization for Culture and the Arts (MOCA) and Merrickville’s Jazz Fest are delighted to announce an exciting new opportunity for youth in our community. Merrickville-Wolford has been invited by Ottawa CityFolk Festival to be one of five communities to participate in the songwriting training initiative “What’s In The Song”. This program invites up to 10 aspiring young musicians, songwriters and poets between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in 10 weekly sessions, with a performing artist starting April 3 until June 5, 2019. Starting at 6:30 PM, each 90 minute session will be held in the basement of Holy Trinity Anglican Church located at the corner of Church Street and Main Street in Merrickville.

Following the 10 week training session, a “Coffee House” will be held on-site offering participants an opportunity to perform their work for family, friends and members of the community. Additional information on What’s in the Song can be found at: www.wedogoodthings.ca/whats-in-the-song.

The Ottawa City Folk Festival is generously facilitating the participation of John Allaire as the songwriting coach for this initiative. Information on John Allaire can be found at: www.sonicbids.com/band/johnallaire.

MOCA and Merrickville’s Jazz Fest are sharing the majority of costs associated with this event. However, we are asking participants to contribute a one-time fee of $30 (for the entire 10 weeks) to help defray expenses.

Written applications (by e-mail) are being accepted until noon, March 20. Please send your application to Nick Previsich at nprevisich@bell.net and to Susan Piercey at director@merrickvillesjazzfest.com. Submissions should include your name, address and age, as well as an explanation of why you wish to be considered for this songwriting initiative. You may wish to include some examples of your writing, poetry or music, but this is not required.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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