What is a case competition?
Teams of students come together to create potential solutions to a problem. There is a set time limit and specific rules to which every team must adhere.
Why would I participate in "Anthems for the Anthropocene" case competition?
Case competitions provide students an opportunity to develop and enhance their analytical abilities, critical thinking, oral presentation, and communication skills. In addition, case competitions encourage networking between students as well as with leaders in the Drexel community. Participants in our case competition have reported that they have made new friends and that these are some of the most important experiences they have had as Drexel students. “Anthems for the Anthropocene” additionally offers an opportunity to create and share impactful artistic work with the Drexel community.
Who can participate?
This competition is open to all Drexel graduate and undergraduate students.
What is required to participate?
Because participation is limited to 10 teams, each accepted team must commit to completing the competition and attending the required events. Each team will need to create an original song in response to the prompt and present their song at the competition final. Each team member should be prepared to fully contribute to the team’s effort. At least one member from each team must:
- Attend the competition launch and songwriting workshop on April 1, 6-8 p.m.
- Attend the final celebration at the Academy of Natural Sciences on April 22, 7-9 p.m.
What if I have questions about the prompt?
The competition launch event (April 1) will include an informative presentation from competition organizers, including music industry experts. The organizers will also be taking questions from the teams, so be ready with your questions about the basic parameters for competition deliverables. The organizing team will also be available to answer questions throughout the span of the competition.
What constitutes a team?
For this competition we are welcoming student bands, performing groups, and even solo performers to enter as teams. We are not limiting the team sizes (in the event an entire orchestra may decide to enter!) but in-person workshop space may have some limits due to Covid-19 safety restrictions. Individual students who would like to participate on a team but need help finding one should use the networking platform that we have created to find others looking for a team ahead of the registration period. To take advantage of this, open Teams, click on “Join or create a team,” then click on “Join a team with a code” and enter code 58363q4. If you use this networking platform, remember that you will still need to register!
I play in a band, and we want to participate. Should we register individually or as a group?
You can register as a group! We will have a space for that in the registration form.
Not all of the members of my band are Drexel students. Can they participate?
Due to current COVID-19 safety restrictions, we can only permit Drexel students to participate in the in-person workshops, and therefore we are making this competition available only to Drexel students. All team members must be either a Drexel graduate or undergraduate student.
I’d like to participate, but I’m not in a band and I’m not a solo performer. What should I do?
If you are unable to enter with an already-existing group or band or as a solo performer and would like to be matched with others, you may use the provided networking space in Microsoft Teams. Use the chat function to share your name, contact information, and what instrument you play, including vocals, and look for other students in need of a team. To find that team, open Teams, click on “Join or create a team,” then click on “Join a team with a code” and enter code 58363q4. If you use this networking platform, remember that you will still need to register!
Does my team need to attend the launch and closing events?
Yes. Each team needs to have at least one member present at the launch and final celebration. At the launch, teams can learn details about the competition challenge and ask the organizing team clarifying questions about the expectations for competition deliverables. There will also be an exciting song-writing workshop let by Grammy-nominated songwriter and performing artist Mumu Fresh built into the launch. At the final celebration event, teams will be expected to take the stage to introduce and describe their songs.
Does my team need to attend office hours?
No, the office hours period is not mandatory. However, office hours are an opportunity to connect with Drexel researchers to ask questions about climate change and refine your ideas for lyrics. It could be beneficial to have at least one team member participate in office hours. Office hours are an unstructured drop-in time, and you can bring your ideas or questions at any point during the two-hour period.
The workshop with Mumu Fresh looks great! Can I come to that without participating in the competition?
The competition workshops and supplemental activities are open only to registered participants. If for some reason you can’t join us as a competitor, please attend the final celebration event to cheer on your fellow students!
What constitutes an eligible song?
Judges are looking for original songs that thoroughly engage through lyrics and musical composition with the prompt as discussed in the launch event. “Original” means the music and lyrics are new, not published or performed prior to the competition. The composition may not include samples from other artists’ work or covers of preexisting music. Songs found to be duplicative or unoriginal will be disqualified. Teams must submit an MP3 audio file in which they perform their original song, along with a lyric sheet, by the April 14, 9 a.m. deadline.
How will the winning song be chosen?
Prizes will be awarded on the strength of the song’s lyrics and quality of the musical composition. The judging rubric will be shared with competitors once the competition begins. In addition, we will include a “people’s choice” scoring segment that will invite voting by the broader Drexel community. People’s Choice voting will be available between April 18 and 20. Our panel of judges includes music industry insiders and performers as well as Drexel sustainability champions.
Who owns the rights to our song?
You, the artist or artists, will own the rights to your song. But by agreeing to participate, you will also permit Drexel to share your song through our information channels. We’ll ask you to sign off on that permission in the registration process.
How does the prize pool work?
The first-place team will share $1000, distributed among each team member as Visa gift cards. The second-place team receives $600, and the third-place team $400. All winning teams will need to submit information such as student ID numbers to receive gift cards.
What about the recording time for the winning team?
The first-place team will have access to 12 total hours of studio recording time with world-class music industry professionals: sound engineer Cyrille Tallandier and music producer James McKinney. Teams may choose to create a professional quality recording of their competition song, or of other music of their choice.
What are the rules and fine print for the case competition?
This case competition is for Drexel students to write an original song about climate change.
The competition is open to all Drexel students: undergraduate, graduate, and online.
Up to 10 song submissions will be accepted, one per accepted team, band, or solo performer.
Fully formed bands may enter but all members must be currently enrolled at Drexel.
Solo singer songwriters may enter and must be currently enrolled at Drexel.
If you are unable to enter with an already-existing group or band or as a solo performer and would like to be matched with others, you may use the provided networking space in Microsoft Teams. Use the chat function to share your name, contact information, and what instrument you play, including vocals, and look for other students in need of a team.
No sampling or use of lyrics from your own or other artists’ existing songs is permitted; any song entries that are found to contain work that is not your own original and new creation will be eliminated.
One member from each team must attend the competition launch and songwriting workshop on April 1, 6 - 8 p.m. One member from each team must attend the final celebration at the Academy of Natural Sciences on April 22, 7 - 9 p.m.
Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics by a panel of judges, with a “People’s Choice” component. The song and songwriting will be judged; audio quality is not a judging criterion.
Teams must submit their deliverables no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Teams must provide one mp3 file, one mp4 file, and a lyric sheet for their song in addition to providing the song title, name of band if applicable, and names of all participants completing the challenge.
Entry constitutes permission for Drexel to use participants’ names, likenesses, and voices for future marketing and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
There will be three winners; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place prizes will be awarded. The 1stplace team will receive gift cards totaling $1000.00. 2ndplace gift cards will total $600.00, and 3rdplace will total $400.00.
The 1st-place team, or individual is singer songwriter, will also receive two six-hour blocks of recording time at Drexel’ Studio 20 recording studio with producer James McKinney and sound engineer Cyrille Taillandier.