Rules for City Song Contest Take Shape
• Five Finalists to Compete for 'Popular' Vote
BY BILL KOENEKER
Move over Simon Cowell, the City of Malibu's own version of American Idol is rolling right along and the Malibu City Council is poised to give it an assist next week at its meeting when members discuss the official city song selection guidelines and decide whether to pony up $1500 for the cost of the project.
The city's Parks and Recreation Commission has been discussing the matter for some time and came up with a set of recommendations on the selection guidelines for an official city song
The recommended guidelines suggest that the city accept either new compositions or existing songs. The artist must agree to allow the city to use the song at no cost. The songs as they are submitted will be uploaded to the city's website so the public can listen to them.
A panel of five judges will be chosen by the Parks and Recreation Commission. The judges will review all song submissions and select the top five finalists.
The five finalists will be invited to perform their song at the 2011 Chili Cook-Off.
The community will be invited to vote for a favorite song and mail in a ballot that will be printed in the Parks and Rec newsletter mailed out before the event.
The panel of judges will announce the winning song following the Chili Cook-Off performances.
The quest for an official city song came about after a local family performed a song in council chambers they had composed about Malibu and suggested members consider adopting an official city song.
Councilmember Laura Rosenthal was enthused about the idea and suggested the council put together a challenge to other artists.
Subsequently, the council passed on the task for establishing a process for selecting a song that would be adopted as the official city song of Malibu.