Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Songwriting Contest! Make a Difference - Win $100!

Announcing a Musicians On A Mission Songwriting Contest

Write a song about a social problem, issue or community need, and you could win a $100.00 for yourself and another $100.00 for a charity of your choice.  Musicians On A Mission (MOAM) is sponsoring another songwriting contest with the goal of raising awareness and attracting attention to an issue that is near and dear to your heart.  It may be a social injustice, an unmet need, a neglected population or anything that moves you.  Submitted music must be completely original and previously unpublished. 
Our first songwriting contest was held in 2012.  The winner, Joe Whyte, was announced at our first CD Release Celebration in November of that year. Joe played his winning song, Off to War, and generously donated his winnings back to MOAM. 
To enter, simply submit your original song,  either in video or MP3 format to by midnight on October 1, 2015.  Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for this contest.  Songs will be judged not only on the quality of the music and lyrics, but also on the potential to inspire action and /or create change.  Songwriters should specify the issue or cause they are writing about, and include a copy of the lyrics. 
Entrance to the contest is free to members of Musicians On A Mission.  For non-members, a $20.00 fee will be charged, which will entitle the entrant to a one-year membership in Musicians On A Mission.  If you are not a member, you must fill out the membership form and pay the membership fee prior to submitting your song.  MOAM board members and their families are not eligible to participate. 

The winner will be announced at MOAM’s CD Release and 5th Anniversary Celebration on November 22, 2015, and will receive $100 as well as a $100 donation to a charity of their choice.  The winner will be interviewed by Jeff Raspe on 90.5, WBJB and will be invited to be included on MOAM’s next compilation CD. The winner and two runners up will also be invited to play on MOAM’s Rock the River stage at Riverfest in 2016.  Musicians On A Mission reserves the right to utilize all songs submitted for promotional purposes and to raise awareness of the issue highlighted in the song.  Please see official rules below: 


Each song submitted must be the contestant’s original work, and must be previously unpublished.  Songs may have multiple co-writers, but must be submitted under only one name.  Prize will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is the responsibility of winners.  Each contestant may submit only one song.  Musicians On A Mission board members or family of MOAM board members are not eligible to participate.
Entrance fee is non-refundable, and is applied toward a one-year membership in Musicians on a Mission.  A Musicians On A Mission membership card will be mailed to non-member applicants upon receipt of membership application.  Songs must be submitted either in video or MP3 format to by midnight on August 1, 2015.  Submissions will not be considered until membership application is received.  Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered for this contest. Musicians on a Mission is not responsible for late entries or faulty file uploads. 

Winners will be chosen by a special panel comprised of MOAM board members.  Songs will be judged not only on quality of lyrics and music, but also on originality and the potential to inspire action and/or create change. The quality of production will not be considered.  Applicants should specify the issue or cause they are writing about, and include a copy of the lyrics. 

Winner will receive a check for $100.00 and an additional check for $100.00 to be given to the charity of their choice, and will be invited to be interviewed by Jeff Raspe on 90.5 WBJB as well as to be included on MOAM’s next compilation CD. Winner and runners up will be invited to perform on MOAM’s Rock the River Stage at Riverfest in 2016.

Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s name and photograph for publicity purposes without additional compensation.  Musicians On A Mission reserves the right to utilize all submitted songs for promotional purposes and to raise awareness of the issue highlighted in the song. 

Winner will be announced at MOAM’s CD Release and 5th Anniversary Celebration on November 22, 2015.  Winner will be notified by phone or email by October 30, 2015.  Void where prohibited.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Two Big MOAM Events - Coming Soon!

Mark your calendar!  Musicians on a Mission is planning our first awesome outdoor music festival with food, drinks, vendors, games (like volleyball and horseshoes), song circles, an auction, and even a bonfire!

“Rock the Farm: Amplify Your Life” (the official name) is being held at the beautiful Regan’s Hollow Farm in Farmingdale in to raise awareness and funds for CFC Loud N Clear,  
( a grass roots organization helping people in recovery re-integrate into a new sober lifestyle.


Rock the Farm will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 2:00 to 11:00.  Bands confirmed so far include The Thousand Pities and Harper’s Fellow. An admission fee of $15.00 gets you a full day of fun. BYOB and food available for purchase. 

We could really use some help with donations of auction items and food or drink donations like hot dogs and burgers, chips, soda and water. Volunteers to help with things like set-up, parking, collecting admission, and grilling would be great!  To donate or volunteer, contact Cathy at or call 732-455-9155.

ALSO! Our Annual CD Release and Gala Celebration will be SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center in Monmouth Beach, NJ!

More details to come. We hope you'll join us!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Local Charity Suggestions Welcome!

Hey everyone! Did you know that every MOAM event exists to help local New Jersey charities? We are always on the lookout for new Monmouth and Ocean County charities to support. If you have any suggestions for organizations we should look into, please message us through our Facebook page or at

Examples of local charities we have helped in the past:

Bridge of Books
Rumson, NJ

The Strand Center For The Arts
Lakewood, NJ

Habitat For Humanity in Monmouth County
Long Branch, NJ

Light of Day Foundation
Asbury Park, NJ

The Ashley Lauren Foundation
Colts Neck, NJ

Second Life Bikes
Asbury Park, NJ

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MOAM Success Story: Michaela McClain

Last year, Michaela McClain joined the lineup of the MOAM stage at Riverfest in Red Bank, NJ. She and her band had a friendly conversation with the people who helped them load in their gear, played a strong set, and were ready to call it a day when they received an unexpected offer: a spot on the mainstage, filling in for a band that wasn’t able to make it. Michaela says that performance was the biggest stage and audience she and her band had ever experienced.

That set led to a spot later that year at the Somerville Street Fair, and now Michaela and her band will return to River Fest in 2014 as part of the official mainstage lineup.
Riverfest 2013 was Michaela’s first MOAM show. She calls it a “lovely experience” that included a “lovely crowd,” and “really nice musicians.” She expressed appreciation that last year, MOAM Co-Founder and Board Member Jenny Woods and MOAM member extraordinaire Todd Goldin followed her band to the mainstage to support their set. 

This year, you can catch Michaela and her band at Riverfest on Friday, May 30th at 6pm. 
She can also be seen twice in Montclair, NJ on 5/31, playing at Just Jake’s at 3pm and on the outside stage at the Tierney’s Music Festival at 7pm – and at Café Wha? in NYC on 6/20 at 7:30pm.

Congratulations, Michaela! 

Photo by Jenny Woods! (Riverfest 2013)

For more information about Red Bank’s Riverfest 2014:

And once again, MOAM will have music all weekend long! Here’s the schedule for our Rock the River stage. Thanks so much to all of our members for sharing their time and talents!

5:00 pm
  Pam McCoy & Familiar Faces
5:45 pm
  Bobby Strange
6:30 pm
  This New Day
7:15 pm
  Joe Miller
8:00 pm
  Guilty Dog
9:00 pm
  Sky Road


11:00 am
  Kevin McGowan
12:00 pm
  Steve Kunzman
1:00 pm
  Alex English
2:00 pm
  May Darlings
3:00 pm
  Jonathan Tea
4:00 pm
  Blue Highways
5:00 pm
  Matt Wade
6:00 pm
  Collin J. Rocker
7:00 pm
  Vince Dinardo
8:15 pm
  Cook Smith’s Mission Band


11:00 am
  Mikey B & The Generation Gap
11:45 am
  Carol Barbieri
12:30 pm
  The Melore Wintjen Jam Band
1:15 pm
  Rick Winow
2:00 pm
  Art Servilla
2:45 pm
  Elaine & The Cimarron Sky
3:30 pm
  Peter Myers
4:30 pm
  Al-Vis and Friends

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Come To Your Senses event coming soon! Saturday, February 23rd at Monmouth Beach Cultural Center.

Our third annual Come to Your Senses will delight all five of your senses with 5 genres of music, a photography exhibit, gourmet appetizers and desserts, complimentary chair massage, and locally made herbal products for sale! Our great musical line-up for the evening includes:

-Joanna Burns
-Pat Guadagno
-Frank Lombardi
-Michael Patrick
-Sam Sims

This event will benefit the Ashley Lauren Foundation.
Admission $20.00, includes appetizers and drinks.

Event address:

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center
128 Ocean Avenue
Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Big News! Concert at The Strand this Friday and New MOAM website is live!

Happy 2014 everyone!

First thing's first: we have two big news items to share!

#1: You've likely seen the Facebook posts, but just another reminder that tickets are still available for this Friday's Benefit for the Strand Center For The Arts featuring Jimmy Webb with special guests Allie Moss and Peter Myers!

Here's some more info about the show:

Friday Jan 10, 2014 8:00 PM

Tickets: $20
VIP: $40, includes pre-show cocktail reception

*Limited to just 165 seats, this intimate performance allows the audience to sit on stage with the performers, with the beautiful interior of the Strand Theatre as the backdrop.

Buy Tickets Online

Strand Center for the Arts
400 Clifton Ave
Lakewood, NJ 08701

- All Ages Show -


And #2: The brand-new MOAM website is now live! All MOAM members should have received an email with info and instructions. 

You are all listed in our Member Directory, which means you will be able to log into the site, manage your own profile and post the info you want others to have about you and your music, venue, business, etc. 

You'll also have access to the Members Only section of the site, where you can receive goodies like codes for discounts available only to MOAM members, as well as access to the Open Forum Message Board, "Musician's Cafe,"where you can buy or sell instruments, search for co-writers or band members, and generally share anything you want with the local music community. 

One more thing....our new website is also a membership management program, which sends out automatic letters for renewals, reminders, and all kinds of things (we’re not even sure what all of them are yet). So please be patient while we work out all the bugs. If you get an email that you think is a mistake or does not apply to you, either ignore it or let us know, and we’ll see if we can figure it out :)

Thanks for your membership and support. We look forward to continuing to enhance benefits for all our members!!

*Just as a reminder, here are all of the current benefits for MOAM members. Don't forget to take advantage!

15% off any guitar service at Russo Music in
Asbury Park
10% discount on strings and sheet music at
Monmouth Music in Red Bank
10% discount at Green Planet Coffee in Middletown*
10% discount on High Strung Guitar String Jewelry **
10% off your next order at Bands On A Budget ***
2 Hours FREE recording (with purchase of 4 hours)
at The Jam Room in Howell
1 month FREE music lessons at Joe Salk's
Rock Band School
Opportunities to play MOAM events
Listing on MOAM website (musician and
corporate members)
Discounts on select MOAM merchandise
Invitations to members-only events and early
signups for open mics and other special events
More benefits being added regularly! 

*excluding bags of coffee and gift baskets
**code available in members-only area of website
***code available in members-only area of website

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Musicians Coming Together: A Networking Event Happening This Sunday, September 22nd! FREE for MOAM Members and Sponsors!

Coming THIS SUNDAY, September 22nd: A unique opportunity for members of the local music community to connect, network and share.

Hang out with old friends and make new connections at the Musicians on a Mission 'meet and greet' networking party! Bring your demo CDs, business cards and other promotional materials and talk about your music or music related business with like minded individuals.

•Swag bags! (while supplies last)
•Libations and tapas!

$5 admission (MOAM members/sponsors are FREE)

Musicians on a Mission will be accepting donations of non-perishable food for the Bradley Beach Food Pantry.

Hope to see you there!