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NJ Teens Invited to Shout Down Drugs in Statewide Music and Songwriting Competition

October 13, 2015

For Immediate Release:

Hannah Scansaroli, Media Coordinator, 973-467-2100, hannah@drugfreenj.org


NJ Teens Invited to Shout Down Drugs in Statewide Music and Songwriting Competition

Millburn, NJ --- New Jersey teens love music and what better way to shout down drugs than through the entertainment medium of music?

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Shout Down Drugs music competition is a substance abuse prevention music and song writing contest looking for talented high school students to create and perform original peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention songs. The contest is open to all New Jersey high school students.

“PDFNJ has witnessed enormous enthusiasm for this program from high school students from across New Jersey looking for a way to share a drug-free message,” noted PDFNJ executive director, Angelo M. Valente. “In 2016, we look forward to hearing from students from all over the state – whether you’re a rocker, a hip hop artist, a gospel or ballad singer, all music genres are welcome.”

All entries must be received by February 1, 2016. Finalists will perform at the statewide Prevention Concert on May 25, 2016, at the Rutgers University Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick. Music contracts valued at $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 will be awarded to students.

For entry forms and other information visit www.ShoutDownDrugs.com or call Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, at 973-467-2100, ext. 19. The music of past contestants and winners can be found on www.ShoutDownDrugs.com.

On Friday, April 17, thirty-eight New Jersey high school student finalists, representing 15 different counties, competed in the 11th Annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs (NJSDD) competition.  Pictured with NJSDD host Bert Baron, (R), of WCTC 1450-AM “the Voice of Central Jersey” and Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, (L) are the first place NJSDD winner, the members of the band Dominant Collective, second place winner Jonathan Johnson, also of Essex County and third place winner Sarah Kertesz of Morris County.


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 $70 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 120 advertising and Public Relations Awards from National, Regional & Statewide Media Organizations.
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