Greenfield, MA May 6, 2008  “Calling all river songwriters,” says Connecticut River Watershed Council Finance Director Pat LaMountain, who is kicking off CRWC’s new songwriting contest, Living along the River, “We’re seeking entries from this Valley’s amazing musical talent to help celebrate the River.”  According to LaMountain up to three original songs may be submitted, free, by their July 15th deadline.  At that time up to ten finalists will be chosen, with notification coming by August 15th, 2008.  Finalists will perform their original works at the “Living along the River Concert” on Friday, September 12th at the Great Falls Discover Center.  Judges will choose the winning song and award prizes at the concert.

An information session for curious songwriters will be held at the Watershed Council Offices at 15 Bank Row, in Greenfield, on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7 p.m.  “CRWC advocates for a clean, free-flowing Connecticut River and we’d love some musical help,” LaMountain explains, “We want songwriters to lend their gifts, and help deepen the bond we all feel with this River.”  Entrants are not required to attend the Tuesday information session, but it will include river stories, a video, and pizza for adventurous attendees, “We are looking to raise a real river awareness,” the Finance Director says.  For further details and contest rules go to CRWC’s web site at www.ctriver.org/songwriting.

* This project is supported in part by grants from the Greenfield Arts Council, the Montague Arts Council, the Northfield Arts Council, the Whately Arts Council, and the Hadley Arts Council. These agencies are supported by the Massachusetts Arts Council, a state agency.