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SONG CONTEST BECOMES WORLD’S LARGEST WITH RECORD NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS!

An international song contest that started in Liverpool has become the world’s largest of its kind after a record number of applications. The Road To Memphis, the world’s leading music and mental health project, was founded in Liverpool in 2020 and has received over 33,000 applications in its third year.

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Initially launched as the Liverpool International Song Contest in memory of John Lennon, the concept evolved into The Road To Nashville and now this year’s The Road To Memphis. The contest aims to provide songwriters of all nationalities and backgrounds with a platform to propel themselves onto the global stage.

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The groundbreaking song contest has a big focus on mental health — bridging the gap by offering musicians free mental health support, something that is lacking in the industry. In addition to this year’s contest receiving a record number of entries, over 4,000 musicians have opted to receive the free mental health health support that the contest offers.

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This year’s contest has just closed applications, with no less than 33,612 entries from musicians all over the world. The Top 50 entries will be announced during the summer, with the Top 10 being invited to perform at a big Finals night at the iconic Overton Shell in Memphis and the winner receiving a recording contract.

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Co-Founder Dr. Shamender Talwar of The Unity Of Faiths Foundation said: “We are deeply moved and inspired by the incredible outpouring of creativity and support from the global community. This project has not only showcased the power of music to heal and unite, but it has also ignited important conversations about mental health on a global scale.”

Project Director Daniel Xander Roberts added: “The contest’s diverse entries spanned various genres and themes, reflecting the unique experiences and perspectives of individuals grappling with mental health challenges. From soul-stirring ballads to electrifying anthems, each submission served as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”

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This third year has become the biggest yet thanks to the collective effort of its growing number of partners. These include The Mayor Of Liverpool, The Cavern Club, UNESCO, BMI, The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, 988 Suicide Crisis Lifeline, British Consulate General Atlanta, Arts Memphis, SAE Institute, Eurovision Song Contest, STAX and MATA.

Along with official organisers The Unity Of Faiths Foundation, City Of Memphis, Memphis Tourism, Gigmit and I Heart Media, the huge team behind The Road To Memphis has achieved an overwhelming response from across the globe — attracting artists from all walks of life to come together and break the stigma surrounding mental health.

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The Cavern Club’s Jon Keats said: “Never has the saying ‘from little acorns mighty oaks grow’ been more appropriate. To think that TUFF’s International Song Contest started its life here in the Cavern, Liverpool, and has become truly international, helping musicians across the globe, is remarkable. As a founding partner we are proud to help, nourish and support this worthy project.”

He continued: “John Lennon used his words and music to try to change the world, and in the same way TUFF are supporting musicians and improving lives through the power of music. They have helped create this incredible community of support for artists and long may it continue to grow.”

It is so appropriate, given the contests Liverpool origins, that this years final will be held in Memphis. Two great music cities united once again through their musical roots. In August of this year, we are unveiling a large scale piece of artwork by the US artist, Shannon, on Mathew Street here in Liverpool, celebrating the unique music connection between Memphis and Liverpool.”

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Dr. Talwar, pictured below with a contested who benefitted from free support, summarised: “What started in Liverpool has now become a global movement and we’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants, sponsors, and supporters who have contributed to the contest’s success thus far. Together, they have amplified voices, shattered stereotypes, and fostered a community of compassion and understanding.”

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An international song contest has become the world’s largest of its kind after a record number of applications. The Road To Memphis, the world’s leading music and mental health project, was originally founded in Liverpool in 2020 and has received over 33,000 applications in its third year.

The Road To Memphis International Song Contest

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