Songwriting contest call for entries

The Bay City Arts Center is taking entries for its  2017 Oregon Coast Songwriting Contest.

“The contest is open to all ages and genders everywhere,” said Arts Center Vice-president Joe Wrabek. “The goal is to showcase and reward good writing.”

Finalists will be invited to perform on stage and one will be awarded a $500 prize, he added.

The official call for entries is Saturday, Nov. 5, the day the Arts Center celebrates Marie Antoinette’s birthday. Entrants are asked to submit recordings of three original songs, along with a $30 entry fee.


The deadline for submissions is Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, and finalists will be selected by a three-judge panel by or before St. Leif’s Day, March 29.

“We made all the deadlines holidays, to make them easier to remember,” Wrabek said.

Up to eight finalists will be invited to perform live at the Arts Center on a “Dinner and Finals Night” in June.

Bay City Arts Center is located at 5680 A Street.

“It’ll be after all the schools have closed, so it’ll be easier for people to travel,” Wrabek noted.

The performances will be streamed live over the Internet—a practice that’s b

ecome an Arts Center specialty, along with its dinners, according to organizers.

Judges for the contest are:

  • Larry Schaeffer, a renowned sound engineer and performer, and proprietor of Westlake Studios in Portland and Nehalem;
  • Michael Simpson, a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist who plays with the KISS tribute band, Dr. Love, and;
  • Joe Wrabek, an award-winning songwriter who plays with a Gospel band, a marimba band and a senior-citizen rock ‘n’ roll band.

Details about the contest and an entry form are on a WordPress page at

A separate e-mail address has been set up for entries at