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Statewide Music Contest Seeking New Jersey High School Students

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is inviting New Jersey high school students to create original music with substance use prevention messages as part of the 2023 Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey music competition. Back for its 19th year, the music competition is a great opportunity for teens to have a free platform to promote their music while inspiring other teens. It is open to any type of music genres or any musical style, including jazz, rock, reggae, R&B and more.

Entries will be accepted through Sunday, March 5, 2023. Students interested in sharing their musical talent can submit original music with lyrics about substance use prevention.

The music competition is sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, 95.9 WRAT and the New Jersey Broadcasters Association. A panel of judges will select a group of finalists whose songs will be showcased in the 19th annual virtual Prevention Concert on April 26, 2023.

The winner of the Your Song! Your Voice! competition will be announced live on air, on 95.9 FM at the end of the Prevention Concert. The first-place winner will receive a $5,000 music contract. The second- and third-place performers will receive $3,000 and $2,000 music contracts, respectively, with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

For rules and information on how to enter the Your Song! Your Voice! music competition, contact Diane Higgins at 973-275-7985 or or visit