MPD’s Project THRIVE hosts songwriter competition to perform at SouthSounds music festival

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The SouthSounds music festival is just a few weeks away. Mobile Police’s Project THRIVE has partnered with festival leaders to give you an opportunity to perform on stage and help victims of crime in the process. 

The Project THRIVE Songwriter Competition is an opportunity for songwriters to help lift traumatized victims by giving them a song spirited with healing and triumph. It’s also designed so that the citizens of Mobile can educate themselves on the causes and effects of trauma. 

“Project THRIVE is about becoming a trauma-informed community and understanding the impact of how trauma affects people in their everyday live’s that we often don’t see,” said Mobile Police Commander Curtis Graves.

The submission window for the Project THRIVE Songwriter Competition opens online at March 1, 2019 and closes at 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2019. Entry is free.  Entries must be the contestant’s original work. One winner will be selected in each of the following categories: Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Country, R&B, Jazz, Folk/Americana and Gospel. Lyrical content of submission must parallel the core focus of Project THRIVE, which is healing, resiliency and triumph in the wake of trauma.  
The winners of the competition will be invited to perform their song on stage at the SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival held April 12 – 14, 2019 in Downtown Mobile. Winning submissions will be released on a Project THRIVE digitally-distributed compilation album. 
Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who are noted local industry professionals. Songs will be blindly judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2019.

Proceeds of album sales will be reinvested back into Project THRIVE. The funds will be used to expand its mission of helping victims overcome trauma due to violent events.  

Project THRIVE is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of partnering agencies from therapists to educators to help victims of crime cope and heal. For additional information, visit


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