NAMM, the 107-year-old trade association of the international music products industry, is encouraging people who have always wished they could play an instrument or sing, but never pursued their dream, to compete in the organization's "Say You Wanna Play" contest hosted on YouTube.
The contest is part of NAMM's first-annual national "Wanna Play Music Week," May 5-9, along with an array of activities to raise public awareness about the vital role that music and music education play in people's lives, and how even recreational music making can directly affect the health and social well-being of people in all stages of life.
"Say You Wanna Play" contestants just need to shoot a short video of themselves playing and/or singing any original or public-domain song, and telling the world why they play music or why they want to start. Videos should be posted at www.youtube.com/sayyouwannaplay between 12 a.m. on May 5 and midnight on May 26. NAMM will review all entries and pick a contest winner.
The winner will receive travel and a hotel for two to play live at the NAMM Show, the largest music products trade show in the U.S., and to receive a music lesson from Scott Houston, "The Piano Guy," host of a 30-minute educational show that runs on PBS television stations around the country.
For more details about the contest, visitwww.youtube.com/sayyouwannaplay.
For more information about "Wanna Play Music Week" and NAMM's "Wanna Play?" campaign, visit www.wannaplaymusic.com.
For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, visit www.namm.org or call 800/767-6266.