Church Music and Cultural Arts Submissions Deadlines Approaching

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“Church Music and Cultural Arts Submissions Deadlines Approaching,” Ensign, Feb. 2008, 78

Church Music and Cultural Arts Submissions Deadlines Approaching

This year’s deadline for members of the Church to submit original music and theatrical works is only a few weeks away. Both submissions are due by March 31, 2008.

The purpose of the submission program is threefold: to encourage members to bless their families and others by developing their talents, to encourage members to use their talents to teach and testify of the gospel, and to recognize members’ ability to create music and scripts that are wholesome and uplifting. For many years members have shared virtuous, lovely, and praiseworthy works through submission programs.

Each year in February a showcase of recognized works has been presented on Temple Square as part of the Temple Square Performances series. Music is presented in the Church Music Festival, and scripts and poetry are shared in the Cultural Arts Submission Presentation. Occasionally works are selected for future inclusion on the Church Web site.

Guidelines for music submission can be found at LDS.org/churchmusic. Click on Music, then Other Music, then Church Music Submissions, or call 801-240-6439.

Cultural arts submissions in the past have been theatrical scripts including dramas, comedies, musicals, and readers’ theater. Poetry and oratorios with performance value have also been accepted. The works submitted should be suitable for ward/branch or stake/district use, be a minimum of one act long, teach gospel principles in uplifting ways, be doctrinally correct, and be Church-oriented and accurate if historically based. Submissions are welcome in all languages.

Cultural arts submissions should include:

  1. Two copies of the script and any applicable music on 8 1/2 x 11 inch (22 x 28 cm) paper.

  2. A statement signed by all contributors that says, “The work submitted, entitled “________,” is my original work, is owned by me, and conforms to the submission rules.”

  3. A cover letter with the piece’s title; author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; central theme; synopsis; and cast requirements.

The names of all contributors should appear on the cover letter, script, and signed statement. Authors of productions accepted by the committee may be asked to grant the Church a nonexclusive, perpetual license for unlimited use.

Send submissions to:

Church Theatrical Script Submission,

50 E. North Temple St. Rm. 2082

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-6070, USA.

For more information, call 801-240-6492.