Tune up the guitar strings or dust off the piano, the city of Murrieta wants to know if you have what it takes.
The city is throwing its first-ever songwriting contest.
Between now and May 8, the community is invited to submit self-composed pieces for consideration. Stipulations are that the word Murrieta is used in the lyrics at least once, and that the content and melody are original and not a copyright infringement, according to Laura Frasso, special events coordinator for the city of Murrieta Community Services Department.
The contest started Monday, and Frasso said inquiries were already pouring in. Whether there was a possibility the winning song would become the city's anthem was yet to be determined, she said.
"It will really depend on the song and its versatility and how we are able to use it," Frasso said.
Contest packets are now available and can be picked up at , the or the
Songs as performed should not exceed four minutes and and 30 seconds. Submissions should be in MP3 format with a lyrics sheet; no score is required.
Songs should be submitted in the provided envelope by May 8 to the Murrieta Senior Center, 5 Town Square, 41717 Juniper St.
Voting will take place between May 14 and May 25 by a city-selected panel of judges.
Even those who are not Murrieta residents were invited to submit songs, according to Frasso.
For more information, contact Laura Frasso at 951-461-6110 or email@example.com.