Calling all musicians: “Love Song for Las Cruces,” a contest for local musicians to have their songs featured by Visit Las Cruces. Write and perform an original anthem for Las Cruces for a chance to win $1,000. Your song will also be featured in Visit Las Cruces’ commercials, campaigns and other promotional materials.
“It just felt like a lot of the stock music that was available to us was uninspired and didn’t quite articulate the feel of this area,” said Christina Ballew, Chief Creative Officer of NMCO Studio. “We know that we have a very talented hub of artists. Let’s give our musicians a bit of spotlight too.”
The contest is open to all musicians, in or outside the city. Submissions need not be production quality or professionally mastered; the chosen song will then be mastered for commercial use. Musicians are encouraged to record themselves in the writing and production process and share their behind-the-scenes song development using the hashtag #VLClovesong or tagging Visit Las Cruces on Facebook and Instagram. Musicians can submit their MP3 or MP4 and written lyrics online. The contest ends on March 31. For details, rules and how to submit, go to www.NMCOstudio.com/lovesonglc.
Writers (under grads)
The university press of Western New Mexico University, Mimbres Press, has extended the deadline for submission to its online student academic journal, The Maverick. The new deadline is March 10.
“The Maverick is specifically geared toward creating both a creative and academic outlet for students of every background,” said Heather Frankland, Assistant Professor of English Composition, and faculty liaison for The Maverick. “The incredible diversity of stories, cultures and people throughout New Mexico is precisely why WNMU established a university press and providing an outlet for students to tell their stories and share their research through their chosen medium is incredibly exciting.”
Submissions to The Maverick are open to undergraduate students attending any public university in New Mexico and working on completing their first degree. Original works can range from in-class assignments and research projects to extracurricular creative writing and expressions of art.