The Amelia Earhart Songwriting Competition

 

The Amelia Earhart Songwriting Competition ~ DEADLINE extended to May 11th, 2018

Contest outline:

 

1) Round 1. The competition is open to solo or duo performers** from Newfoundland and Labrador who will submit their “Amelia” inspired song or instrumental via video to mpconcsertseries@gmail.com by no later than 5 pm on May 4th. The best route for this would be via dropbox or google drive. We want to get a feel for your performance along with the musical quality of the composition. It’s a 3 week timeline but we are sure that Amelia’s determination will inspire your own. The hope is to have a song that will focus on the Amelia/Trepassey/Newfoundland connection but it can also touch on the context of having dreams and what it takes to reach them; no matter who you are. All submissions will be reviewed by 5 independent jurors over two weeks with a final decision being made by May 18th. There will be 20 artists selected in this round.  **A songwriter can opt to have someone else perform their song. As much as we would love bands in the competition there are limited accommodations during the event weekend.
2) Round 2 will have the 20 selected songs or instrumentals uploaded to the Mistaken Point Concert Series Facebook page on May 18th by the pages administrator. After three weeks the top 10 artists that have received the most likes on their video will move forward to round three. The more you share your video the more likes you will get.

3) Round 3. Those 10 artists songs will be reviewed again by our jurors. This is to give a more even playing field to artists that may not be as well known as others. From there the top 3  submissions that best represent Amelia and her legacy, as selected by the jurors, will be invited to come down to Trepassey and perform their songs live at the community celebration.  The winner will be selected by three celebrity judges at the event.
Prizes:
Roger Maunder ~ Up Sky Down Films video shoot Value $3000
Mistaken Point Concert Series ~ Paid performance slot in our summer season. Value $400
Edge of the Avalon Inn ~ Accommodations and meals when you perform in the summer. Value $170

MusicNL ~ 3 memberships (one for each) $50 value per membership
Long and McQuade $50 gift card.

Fine Print

  • All ages and genres are welcome to enter. Submissions are limited to a max of two performers.
  • The top 3 finalists will have accommodations and meals provided for them when they come to Trepassey on June 16th and 17th. Gas and per diem’s can be provided if you are a Music NL member for more than 6 months. In order to be in the competition attendance at the event on Saturday June 16th will be required.
  • Up Sky Down music video will include a half day shoot along with a completed post production music video for any song that the artist wishes to produce; up to a $3,000 value. The parameters will be negotiated with Up Sky Down Films when claiming prize.
  • Performance slot prize is for the Mistaken Point Concert Series. Located in Portugal Cove South at Edge of Avalon Interpretive centre. This series was created five years ago to showcase the region’s youth, local, and feature performers from Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s an intimate and acoustic concert that allows the guests to get up close to some of this provinces most treasured performers. The concerts run all summer and into the fall so the winning slot will be given based around the musicians schedule. The accommodations and meals at that time will be provided by Edge of the Avalon Inn in Trepassey.

Background on Amelia Earhart in Trepassey, June 5th to June 17th, 1928

Amelia Earhart is known worldwide as the first woman to cross the Atlantic via plane. What a lot of people don’t know is that she did so after spending 11 days in Trepassey, Newfoundland.

 

“One afternoon in April 1928, a phone call came for Earhart at work. “I’m too busy to answer just now,” she said. After hearing that it was important, Earhart relented, though she thought it was a prank. It wasn’t until the caller supplied excellent references that she realized the man was serious. “How would you like to be the first woman to fly the Atlantic?” he asked, to which Earhart promptly replied, “Yes!”

After an interview in New York with the project coordinators, including book publisher and publicist George P. Putnam, she was asked to join pilot Wilmer “Bill” Stultz and co-pilot/mechanic Louis E. “Slim” Gordon. The team left Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, in a Fokker F7 named Friendship (on June 17, 1928), and arrived at Burry Port, Wales approximately 21 hours later. Their landmark flight made headlines worldwide because three pilots had died within the year trying to be that first woman to fly across the Atlantic. When the crew returned to the United States, they were greeted with a ticker-tape parade in New York and a reception held by President Calvin Coolidge at the White House.” Excerpt from Amelia Earhart’s Website.

 

Stories abound around the town of the 2 weeks that Earhart stayed in Trepassey preparing for her journey.  One could only imagine the amount of excitement in the air at that time. The women were in awe of her attire; pants on a lady was not all that common at that time. The men were equally in awe of the missus that could fly a plane.
“As the big monoplane taxied slowly toward the small cluster of houses on the eastern shore that was the town of Trepassey, dorie’s full of men whirling ropes (Amelia called them maritime cowboys), each evidently hoping to guide them in, surrounded the Friendship, … The town magistrate, Fred Gill, and his two sons, waiting near the monoplane in a dory, secured the honor of giving Amelia and Bill Stultz a ride to the dock. Slim Gordon came later, after tending to the plane.
The children of Trepassey, who had been watching and waiting at the windows of the convent school facing the harbour, ran down to the shore en masse. Amelia “had a vision of many white pinafores and aprons on the dock,” and was under the impression that school had let out early so that the children could greet them. In fact the children had simply fled without permission for which they were made to stay late.  One little girl even dared to touch her and asked “Are you real?” to which Amelia replied “I am”. She later went up and visited with the children at the convent school; the nuns were scandalized by the sight of a woman in pants.
It was arranged that the three fliers would spend the night at a small frame two story house, which still stands today (picture taken by Amelia). It had an attached general store belonging to Richard (Richie Dick)  and Fanny Devereaux …. Mrs  Devereaux, at first sight of Amelia in her “breeks” and boots, was “quite overcome, and felt her to be sure I was present in the flesh.” Excerpt from Archival Moments

One of the Telegrams that was sent to Amelia Earhart in Trepassey from George Putnam, her publicist and future husband. Knowing that Amelia had not packed a change of clothing wired:
“SUGGEST YOU GO INTO RETIREMENT TEMPORARILY WITH NUNS AND HAVE THEM WASH SHIRT ETC –STOP” Her response was “THANKS FATHERLY TELEGRAM NO WASHING NECESSARY SOCKS UNDERWEAR WORN OUT SHIRT LOST TO SLIM AT RUMMY CHEERIO AE 910pm”
The crew had only intended a quick stop over after flying from Boston but were sidelined in Trepassey for 11 days waiting on some minor repairs and the weather. Of course the crew was eager to take off but the hospitality they were met with while they stayed was of the typical Newfoundland way. “The cruelty of country and climate is surely a contrast to the kind hearts of the people of Newfoundland. They were untiringly good to us.” Amelia Earhart about her time spent in Trepassey as taken from her book 20 Hours and 40 Minutes.

 

DEPARTURE FROM TREPASSEY  – June 17, 1928

The team left Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, in a Fokker F7 on June 17, 1928, and arrived at Burry Port,Wales approximately 21 hours later, a distance of more than 2,010 miles (3,235 kilometers), in 20 hours 49 minutes. With Miss Earhart were Wilbur Stultz, pilot, and Louis Gordon, mechanic.

When the crew returned to the States, they were greeted with a ticker-tape parade in New York and a reception held by President Calvin Coolidge at the White House. From then on, flying was the fixture of Earhart’s life.

The experience in Trepassey might have been the inspiration for Earhart in the 1930’s  to design  a line of “functional” women’s clothing, including dresses, blouses, pants, suits, and hats, initially using her own sewing machine, dress form, and seamstress.  She photographed well and modeled her own designs for promotional spreads. Excerpt from Archival Moments

 

Not only was she the star of this piece of aviation history she was an inspiration for women at the time. That reach still applies to this day. Ultimately this was the flight that launched Amelia from the shores of Newfoundland and onto the world stage; Amelia the aviatrix was born.
 

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