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Songs that Unite competition entries closing soon

Entries close soon for Songs that Unite, the song writing competition of the Uniting Church in Australia that is seeking to encourage the development of Australian Christian music for use in congregations.

The focus of the competition is congregational (or other group) singing, rather than songs for individual performance and the winning entries will be promoted in congregations across the country.

The judging panel together have accumulated years of listening to, writing, leading and appreciating congregational music and are well placed to deliberate on the entries.

Sharyn Robinson is an experienced and capable musician who has led music teams in large regional congregations. Her ministry over many years has been to help congregations access and use quality and appropriate contemporary worship music resources.

Chris Walker is a Minster of the Uniting Church in Australia and presently serves as the National Consultant for Theology and Discipleship in the Assembly. This role involves the work of Doctrine, Worship and relating to the national mission and evangelism networks. Chris has served as a Presbytery Mission Officer and has an extensive experience of congregations and their worship needs.

Malcolm Gordon is a young Minster of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa – New Zealand and is serving in his first Parish at Katikati in New Zealand. Malcolm is an accomplished song writer and musician, a sound theologian and is actively involved in supporting the development of Christian music and musicians in his church in New Zealand.

These three are looking for a piece of contemporary music (both music and lyrics) for use in congregational singing in the following categories:

1. Gathering the people e.g. praise and adoration, confession.
2. Opening up to God e.g. in the Scriptures, through the Holy Spirit.
3. Responding to God e.g. discipleship, mission, service, witness, intercession, thanksgiving.
4. Sending e.g. blessing.

Both prizes and promotional opportunities are available to winning entries including:
• Up to $1,100 total prize money
• $500 first prize
• Up to 4 x$150 highly commended prizes
• Promotion of winning songs across Australia
• High quality production made available for sale
• Sheet music made available for sale
• Opportunities for promotion of other work

Why not share your musical gifts and enter? More details are available on the Assembly website http://assembly.uca.org.au/resources/songcompetition.html

Entries close on 26 February 2010

Entries to be submitted with an Application form and Agreement via email here  with ‘Songs that Unite Competition’ in the subject header OR sent by mail to: Songs that Unite Competition, PO Box A2266, Sydney South 1235.