America Online and Tonos Entertainment have announced a "Michael Jackson Songwriting Contest" available exclusively to AOL members. The contest is part of a wide-ranging strategic marketing agreement announced recently to benefit AOL members who are trying to gain exposure for their music.
As part of the agreement, Tonos, the global musician's network founded by legendary BMI songwriters Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster and Kenneth babyface.asp" >"Babyface" Edmonds, will offer AOL members access to top music industry opportunities, including record label searches for new artists, radio station requests for new songs, and searches by popular artists for new material to record.
BMI and Tonos announced a similar alliance at the end of last year.
The contest gives AOL members the opportunity to co-write a song with the BMI-affiliated King of Pop, as well as with Foster and Bayer Sager. The winning submission will be recorded by Jackson himself and may be released as part of an upcoming album. All proceeds from the song will be donated to children's charities around the world.
Runner-ups will receive a tonosPRO membership - the subscription service from Tonos that helps musicians improve their skills, submit their songs to specific music industry decision makers, and connect with a global network of musicians, songwriters and producers.
"When Tonos was founded, our desire was to give access and opportunity to talented people around the world," said Carole Bayer Sager, co-founder of Tonos. "This agreement represents a significant milestone for us as it brings that goal to an exiting new level."
Co-founder Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds: "We are thrilled to announce our landmark 'Michael Jackson Songwriting Contest,' which will help us discover a new generation of aspiring songwriters."