Legal Guidelines

You MUST read the Contest Terms and Conditions below before entering your song in the Music Monday Anthem Contest (“Contest”).


About the Music Monday Anthem Search

Music Monday is an annual event that brings together hundreds of thousands of students, musicians, parents and community members across the country to celebrate the gift of music in our lives, on the same day at the same time. Music Monday takes place annually on the first Monday in May.

Previous Official Music Monday Songs have included works by artists including: Serena Ryder, Luke Doucet, Ed Robertson, Chris Tait, DALA, and retired astronaut Chris Hadfield.

This year, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada (“Coalition”) is looking to the public to submit online, original, unpublished songs that demonstrate the power of music in Canada and inspire public celebration, awareness and discussion of the importance of music in young people’s lives.

Think you have the winning song to become the Music Monday Anthem? Check out our Contest Terms and Conditions and submit today!





Entering the Contest / Entry Period / Grand Prize / Potential Royalties

There is no entry fee or purchase required to enter your song in the Contest. Only one song may be entered per Entrant (as defined below).

The entry period for the Contest begins on September 5th, 2014 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and ends on November 3rd, 2014, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (Entry Period). During the Entry Period, you may submit one (1) eligible song (Song Entry).

There is one (1) grand prize (Grand Prize) to be won by the Entrant whose Song Entry is chosen as the winner (Winner). The approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $10,000.00 CAD. The Grand Prize consists of the following:

×          The Winner will receive new Yamaha Musical Equipment, the approximate retail value of which is $10,000.00 (MSRP).

In addition to the Grand Prize:

×          The winning Song Entry will become the new Music Monday Anthem to be learned and sung by people across Canada; it will receive regional and nation media attention; The winning Song Entry will be professionally recorded by the Coalition at The Orange Lounge (Toronto, ON), with the intention that this recorded version be commercially released and wholly owned by the Coalition, including the sound recording copyright therein;

×          As a member of SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), the Winner will be entitled to receive royalty income generated through public performances of the winning Song Entry (see SOCAN information below);

The winning Song Entry will be selected by the Contest Judging Panel and announced on November 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time through the Coalition websiteat: The Winner will be notified through the email address provided by the Entrant upon Entry.


By entering the Contest, Entrant agrees to abide by the Contest Terms and Conditions and the decisions of the Coalition for Music Education and the Judging Panel, which decisions are final and binding on all Entrants. Contest start and end dates, prize details, license terms, as well as composition of judging panel are subject to change at the Coalition’s sole discretion.


Entrant Eligibility

The Contest is open to all Canadians and all Canadian residents who are 18 years of age or older on the date of entry into the Contest, or, if the Entrant is a minor in his or her province or territory of legal residence, obtains and submits written permission from a parent or legal guardian to participate in the Contest.  A permission form will be provided by the Coalition if entrant specifies to being under 18.. To be eligible, an Entrant will be, or in the event of winning the Contest, will become a songwriter member of SOCAN ( If there is more than one songwriter of a Song Entry, all songwriters will be recognized however only one (1) individual may submit a Song Entry on behalf of all such songwriters. “Entrant” shall mean the individual submitting the Song Entry and all songwriters listed on the Contest entry form, if any. See Multiple Songwriters below.

Employees and board members of the Coalition, SOCAN, Yamaha Music Canada, The Orange Lounge, their families and anyone living with such employees and board members, subsidiaries and affiliates, are not eligible to enter the Contest.



Song Eligibility

To be eligible, an Entrant’s Song Entry must be original and unpublished, and available to the Coalition pursuant to the terms set out below in the section: Coalition License of Winning Song Entry.

For Contest purposes, an ‘unpublished’ song also means: “an original musical composition that has been recorded and self-released by the Entrant and/or not published or co-published by a commercially active music publisher.”

The Coalition reserves the sole right in its absolute discretion to reject a Song Entry if its content is considered to be intentionally or unintentionally provocative, discriminatory, racist, violent and/or of a questionable character.

A Song Entry must be submitted in an acceptable audio format as listed below in the Submitting a Song Entry section, and must not exceed five (5) minutes duration.

Subject to Entrant’s agreement with SOCAN, as applicable, Entrant represents and warrants that:

(i)                 the name(s) of the songwriter(s) of the Song Entry is / are listed on the Contest entry form;

(ii)               the Entrant owns and / or controls all right, title and interest, including copyrights in and to the Song Entry;

(iii)             the Entrant has the authority to enter the Contest and to license  the Coalition the rights set out below in Coalition Licence of Winning Song Entry section;

(iv)              the Entrant is submitting the Song Entry under the Contest Terms and Conditions;

(v)                the Song Entry as submitted, including the performance of it, is free and clear of any obligations under an agreement with a music publisher and/or record company.

Entrant hereby fully indemnifies and holds harmless the Coalition, SOCAN, Yamaha Music Canada, The Orange Lounge, its employees and board members, their subsidiaries and affiliates, from and against any and all liabilities, damages or claims that are inconsistent with the representations and warranties contained herein or in contravention of the Contest’s Terms and Conditions.

A Song Entry that does not fully comply with the Terms and Conditions set out herein is ineligible.



Submitting a Song Entry

o    .mp3 (MP3 Audio File or Layer 3 Audio Compression)

o    .wma (Windows Media Audio File)

o    .m4a

Maximum file size: 10 MB



Judging Criteria

A Song Entry will be judged by a panel that may include:

Previous Music Monday songwriters

×          2013-2014:  Retired Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies

×          2011-12:  Luke Doucet

×          2007-09:  DALA

×          2005-06:  Chris Tait

Representatives from the Canadian music industry


Representatives from the Coalition for Music Education


The Contest Judging Panel will judge a Song Entry on the following criteria:


Can be easily arranged, with a primary focus on efficiency of arrangement for school music groups (e.g. concert band, jazz band, strings, guitar ensembles, ukulele, recorder, choral, etc.);



The Coalition and its judges will not provide feedback or comments to an Entrant concerning a Song Entry.


Termination and Amendment Rights

The Coalition reserves the right to amend the Contest Rules or to terminate the Contest at any time without any liability to any Entrant or to replace the Grand Prize with one of equal or greater value.  Any amendments to these Contest rules will be posted on the Website.


Odds of Winning

The odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the number of eligible Song Entries received by the Coalition during the Entry Period.


Contacting Winner

Winner will be announced on on November 14rd, 2014, subject to change at Coalition’s sole discretion. Winner will be contacted by telephone or e-mail prior to announcement.


Multiple Songwriters

If the winning Song Entry is the work of more than one songwriter, the Grand Prize will be awarded to the individual listed on the Contest entry form on behalf of all such songwriters. The Coalition will recognize all songwriters involved in the winning Song Entry. By definition, Entrant includes all songwriters listed on the Contest entry form, therefore all are deemed to have read and accepted the Contest Terms and Conditions and the Entrant represents and warrants that it will ensure compliance by all songwriters and all relevant parties with the Terms and Conditions of the Contest. It is the responsibility of the songwriters comprising the Entrant, as writers of the winning Song Entry, to allocate the Grand Prize as they see fit. The Coalition is not responsible with respect to such allocation and can not ensure that such allocation is made or that it is equitable.


Coalition License of Winning Song Entry

Subject to Winner’s agreement with SOCAN, Winner shall retain 100% ownership of the entire worldwide right, title and interest in and to the copyrights in the winning Song Entry and grants an irrevocable, exclusive license for five (5) years from the date of first release of a professionally recorded version of the winning Song Entry (Term) to the Coalition to use the underlying musical composition embodied in the Song Entry (Composition), in whole or in part and sound recording in whole or in part, and non-exclusive license thereafter as follows:


-Winner acknowledges that this license is free and clear of all claims by Winner, including any moral rights claims which are hereby entirely waived by Winner.


-the worldwide right to publicly perform, communicate to the public, stream, exhibit, broadcast, transmit, distribute, store the Composition.


-the exclusive worldwide right to mechanically and digitally reproduce and store the Composition in all physical and digital sound carrier formats (e.g., CD, digital downloads) during the Term without payment to Winner for such uses and non-exclusive license thereafter.


-the right to arrange, adapt, translate the Composition.


-the right to embody the Composition in various forms of demos and to create sheet music of various arrangements for the Composition which will be made available for non-commercial download for educational purposes.


-this license binds the heirs, executors, successors, legal representatives, licensees and assigns of the parties hereto.


-the right to use the Song Entry as submitted including the sound recording and the Composition, on a royalty free basis in connection with the Contest and general promotion of the Coalition, subject to Winner’s agreement with SOCAN.


The Winner agrees to refrain from recording or issuing to a third party a license to allow the recording of the Composition during the Term.


The Winner shall use best efforts to acknowledge and promote the Coalition for Music Education in connection with their winning Song Entry, including mentions in public, print and web-based announcements and social media platforms.


Consent to Use Name, Likeness, Submitted Biographical Material & Voice

Entrant’s submission constitutes his or her permission to the Coalition to use his or her name, likeness, submitted biographical material and voice for advertising and publicity purposes on behalf of the Coalition, its agents, employees, officers, directors, affiliates, successors and assigns, both now and in the future, without compensation or other liability to the Entrant’s heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, successors or assigns.



Available for Music Monday 2015

Winner agrees to make themselves available for promotion of Music Monday 2015 (May 4, 2015).  The Coalition will cover reasonable travel expenses to be incurred by the Winner, if applicable, provided such amounts are pre-approved in writing. All travel shall be at Winner’s risk and the Coalition shall not be liable for any liability that might ensue.


Dispute Resolution / Governing Law

The Contest shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and federal laws applicable therein. The parties hereto agree to enter into binding arbitration under the Arbitrations Act Ontario as from time to time amended, in the event that a dispute arises which cannot be resolved pursuant to good faith negotiations amongst the parties.

For Quebec Entrants, any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of the Contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec for a ruling.  Any litigation respecting the awarding of the Grand Prize to a resident of the Province of Quebec may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. For all other Entrants, any litigation must be initiated in the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Privacy Policy / Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation. This website is owned and operated by The Coalition for Music Education. The Coalition for Music Education respects the privacy of each individual with whom it comes into contact, either as a visitor to this website or as an Entrant into the Contest. The Coalition for Music Education will not collect any personally identifiable information about Entrant, such as Entrant’s name, address, telephone number or e-mail address, unless Entrant provides it to the Coalition.

The Coalition for Music Education will not give, rent or sell any personal information about any visitor to this website or any personal information about any Entrant to any organization or individual.

The Coalition for Music Education may use the personal information collected to contact Entrant regarding the winning of the Grand Prize through the Contest or in regards to an Entrant’s Song Entry.

By entering the Contest, the Entrant expressly consents to receiving commercial electronic messages (e.g., email) within the meaning of the Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) as from time to time amended.


If Entrant has already submitted the information and would like to have it removed from our records, please send an e-mail with such request to

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