Radio stations across the state are broadcasting announcements about the Year of Alabama Music songwriters contest. The announcements started playing in April and will continue through mid-May. Grey Brennan Marketing and Regional Director, Alabama Tourism Department and Sharon Tinsley, Executive Director of the Alabama Broadcasters Association went on a media tour across the state to promote the songwriters contest. They visited TV and radio stations in Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery during the week of April 18th and stations in Dothan and Mobile during the week of May 2nd. Brennan conducted over a dozen interviews in the five major broadcast markets.
Interest in The Year of Alabama Music Songwriters Contest has increased as the May 20 deadline to enter the contest approaches. There have been almost 1,000 visits to the contest section of The Year of Alabama Music website with dozens of songwriters downloading the entry forms. The final competition for the songwriters contest will be July 25 at the W. C. Handy Festival in The Shoals area of North Alabama. Application forms and rules for the songwriters contest can be found at http://www.yearofalabamamusic.com/songwriters.