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December 9, 2011



Michelle Vernuccio

      Media Coordinator  

Phone: 973.467.2100 ext. 24

Email: michelle@drugfreenj.org



            Millburn, NJ — What better way is there for New Jersey teens to shout down drugs than by using one of the most effective entertainment mediums…music? The New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music competition is a drug prevention song writing contest looking for talented high school students to create and perform original peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention songs.  All entries must be received by January 12.  County finalists will be chosen by the public through online voting and by a panel of judges.  Finalists will perform at the statewide Prevention Concert on May 24, 2012, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. Music contracts valued at $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 will be awarded to students.

            “The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has witnessed enormous enthusiasm for this program from high school students from across New Jersey,” noted PDFNJ executive director, Angelo M. Valente.  “This year we look forward to hearing from students from every county across the state.  Whether you’re a rocker, a hip hop artist, a gospel or ballad singer, all music genres are welcome.”

          Comcast, the program’s title sponsor airs the Concert on Comcast’s On Demand Channel.

           Visit shoutdowndrugs.com to listen to the entries and vote for favorite songs.  Last year over 150,000 votes were cast.  Online voting for the 2012 competition can be cast starting February 10, 2012.

            The contest entry deadline is January 12, 2012. For entry forms and other information visit www.shoutdowndrugs.com or call PDFNJ, at (973)467-2100, ext. 19.

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Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication.  To date, more than $60 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history.Since its inception the Partnership has garnered 119 Advertising and Public Relations Awards from National, Regional & Statewide Media Organizations.

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