The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Culture Matters, a web platform for socialist and progressive arts and culture, are pleased to announce a new Songwriting and Spoken Word Award. The Bread And Roses Award is now open for submissions.
The purpose of the new Award is to encourage songwriters and spoken word performers to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with songwriting and spoken word.
There is a £100 cash prize for each of the top five entries. The judges will be from CWU and Culture Matters.
Submission Guidelines and Award Rules
Entry is open to all, regardless of trade union membership. The submission guidelines are as follows:
Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common language of music and spoken word.
Entries are restricted to original material, in English, by solo or duo artists/performers.
Entries must be submitted as audio or video files (MP3/4 format, YouTube link or similar), via e-mail.
Entrants must be resident in the United Kingdom.
Entries must be accompanied by an entry fee of £5, to be paid to Culture Matters Co-operative Ltd paid by bank transfer to The Co-operative Bank, Culture Matters Co-operative Ltd, 089299/65822760
Entrants may submit up to three songs/performances.
The organisers accept no responsibility for entries that are incorrectly submitted or not delivered due to technical faults.
By entering the Award, entrants agree to accept and be bound by the rules of the Award and the decisions of the judges.
Entries should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight on 2 February 2018. When emailing submissions please provide your full name, postal address and phone number.
The winners will be invited to perform at the CWU annual conference in Bournemouth in April 2018. All entries remain the copyright of the entrant but CWU and Culture Matters will have the right to publish them online and in other media.
I know it isn’t done to review an event like this and I have no intention of doing so. But I do feel that a concert that meant so much to so many people should be reported.
Sarah Morgan died, suddenly but not unexpectedly, on 14th September 2013. In her last days she laboured to complete her doctoral thesis under the watchful eyes of her friends and her doctorate was awarded posthumously. That was the sort of her person she was. It transpires that the idea for a memorial event was discussed before she died and Sarah even made a list of the people she wanted to appear. It was thought by some – those who had given up singing seriously several years ago – that this was Sarah’s last little joke but not one person refused the invitation to appear. It fell to Sarah’s final musical partners, Moira Craig and Carolyn Robson to make the idea a reality on April 13th at Winchester Guildhall.
The Community Choir movement, with which Sarah was so heavily involved in recent years was represented by five groups: choirs from Winchester, Alton and Petersfield, The Spotlight Singers and The Andover Museum Loft Singers. I believe Sarah founded three of these and their repertoires included songs that Sarah arranged, published and sometimes wrote tunes for.
Friends old and new filled the bill. From the past we heard Val Higson, a member of Curate’s Egg alongside Sarah way back in the 1970s and Sheila March, formerly of Bread And Roses, Sarah’s first all-female group. Representing the younger generation was Susannah Starling who proved what a remarkable accompanying instrument the double bass can be. From America came Mary Eagle who first came here thirty years ago and captured everyone’s heart and her friend and fellow Appalachian singer Joe Penland. Sarah’s musical connections covered a lot of ground.
Major names who travelled across the country for their ten or fifteen minutes on stage included Lester Simpson, John Kirkpatrick, The Askew Sisters, Ron Taylor, Jeff Gillett, Eddie Upton and Grace Notes. Mary Humphreys & Anahata, Mick Ryan, Tom & Barbara Brown and Doug Bailey didn’t have quite so far to travel and neither did Belshazzar’s Feast who closed their set and the concert proper with ‘Home Lads Home’ – words by Cecily Fox Smith and music by Sarah Morgan.
No memorial is over without a big finish and ‘Only Remembered’, also sung at Sarah’s funeral, had become a sort of theme. “Only remembered, only remembered, only remembered for what we have done.” Sarah did so much.