The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Culture Matters are pleased to announce a new Songwriting and Spoken Word Award. The Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award is now open for submissions to all, regardless of trade union membership.
The purpose of the new Award is to encourage songwriters and spoken word performers to write material 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.
Dave Ward, General Secretary of the CWU, said,
“I welcome this new partnership with Culture Matters. The arts and culture generally are vital to the labour movement, and working-class communities across the country. Good access to the arts, sports and other cultural activities are part of the social wage. State support needs to be re-balanced so that working people everywhere can enjoy cheap, accessible and good quality provision.
“We are sponsoring this Award because we want to encourage our members in the CWU, and working people everywhere, to express themselves creatively on themes that matter to them as workers. So get writing and get performing, and send your entries in!”
For submission guidelines and award rules go to Culture Matters website here. The winners will be invited to perform at the CWU annual conference in Bournemouth in April 2018.
More information can be found here: culturematters.org.uk