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12 May 2016

In Tune showcases Canterbury talent 

There is a lot of talent in Christchurch and that will be evident at the APRA InTune songwriting awards concert this Sunday, says Harry Harrison, Music Arts tutor at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

The InTune competition, funded by APRA, encourages young people to keep writing songs and demonstrates that it is possible to build a career around song writing.

"It takes a lot of courage for young people to come on stage and perform personal songs, about a personal experience or someone they know and love," Harrison says.

"Songs can get right inside you. They can make you feel so good and remind you of things. If the world had no songs that would be terrible."

InTune is focused on year 11 – year 13 and Ara's Music Arts students. To be eligible students had to record and send in an original song. From all the entries 11 finalists were chosen. It turned out to be a good mix.

"Of the 11 finalists there are three Music Arts students and eight high school students. Among them there are six girls and five boys. Some of the students will perform solo, some in bands. It will be a good mixture of styles and sounds."

The 11 finalists will perform their songs live on stage this Sunday May 15 at the APRA songwriting Awards Concert. They'll be judged by well-known Christchurch musicians Delaney Davidson and Al Park. The winner takes home $500 cash and a $200 music voucher for Music Works. The three runners up win each $100 voucher for Music Works.

Entry is free, so come and support the finalist at 2pm at the Music Arts Auditorium (DCCR) at City Campus Christchurch.