2,000 top prize for Vocation Music Award

A new music competition has been announced for all young adults aged 18-35. The Vocation Music Award is an opportunity for young people to showcase their song writing and performance talents by entering an original song on the theme of vocation. Winners will be announced September 11 with the top three entries winning cash prizes.

The competition, which had its inauguration in Austria last year to resounding success, will launch in Ireland and the UK for the first time this year. Both individuals and groups are invited to submit their original songs on the website through July 31. The top six entries will be included in a CD Production, with the first place entry receiving €2,000, second place entry €1,000 and the third place entry €500.

The competition is sponsored in Ireland and the UK jointly by Vocations Ireland, the National Vocation Office in Ireland and Compass and the National Office for Vocation in the UK. The organisations saw the spark of what was being accomplished in Austria and wanted young people in Ireland and the UK to be inspired and explore what vocation means to them. On the need for such a competition, Sr Frances Kelly of the National Office for Vocation, UK said, “It has been strongly recognised around the world that Covid-19 is impacting our young people in many different ways. Yet in these difficult times spirituality is increasing, people need hope!  Music continues to be an emotive force and speaks to us all and creativity online has been shown in itself to be a real life saver to so many.”

Entries for the competition can be made online at www.vocation-music-award.com/uk.

For further information, please phone Margaret Cartwright, Director of Vocations Ireland on 086 7820149.