Feb. 1 is the deadline for New Jersey high school students and groups, grades 9-12, to submit a song to the 15thannual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition.

Students are invited to let the whole state hear your voice in music and lyrics on how drugs destroy lives. No matter what type of music you love, you can make a positive statement about staying away from drugs and alcohol by writing your own song and shouting it out at the music competition.

Original songs no longer tan 3 minutes with a strong prevention message and typed lyrics can be uploaded in MP3 format to shoutdowndrugs.com/register. An independent panel of judges will select county finalists to perform at a statewide concert being held at Rutgers University Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater in New Brunswick Friday, May 10. Online voting begins Feb. 15 and top vote getters will be combined with the judges’ picks. Finalists will be announced March 4 and are required to perform at the concert.

First place will receive a $5,000 music contract, and perform at four statewide events; second place $3,000 and three events; third place $2,000 and two events.

The contest is sponsord by Partnership for a DrugFree New Jersey. For details see http://shoutdowndrugs.com/assets/content/files/2019-rules.pdf.