Monmouth County SPCA "Tunes for Tails" Songwriting Contest

Contest Produced by Small Factory Productions and Sponsored by Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

Contest Ends October 29th, 2011, 5:00 p.m. and Winners notified November 1st, 2011

Songwriting Workshop, Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m, Small Factory Productions Studio, 560 River Road, Fair Haven, NJ 

Fair Haven, NJ  - Children in first, second and third grades from across Monmouth County and surrounding areas are invited to write or record a 60-second song about their adopted dog or cat and submit it to the Monmouth County SPCA “Tunes for Tails” Contest sponsored by Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts.  Three winning songs will be chosen and the winning songwriters will then work together at the Emmy Nominated Small Factory Production studio in Fair Haven to create a 30-second radio jingle to be used by the Monmouth County SPCA to help increase adoption awareness. 

The winning song will debut on 94.3 The POINT's Lou and Liz Show during the Monmouth County SPCA Adoptable Pet Segment on Thursday, November 17th during the 8 o'clock hour (a.m.). Additional prizes for all three winners include: two 2-hour recording sessions with Small Factory Productions, jingle played on the radio, jingle posted on Monmouth County SPCA and Small Factory websites, and a day of play and spa treatments at the Purr'n Pooch Pet Resort for the winners' pets.

Why a contest? The goal of the song contest is to have the kids write about the important lessons they learned from adopting their pet. By opting to adopt, children are taught personal responsibility, community service, volunteerism and that their actions can make a difference in the world by saving a life. The Monmouth County SPCA is one of 50 organizations across the country participating in the ASPCA $100,000 Challenge.  The organization that saves the most lives over a three-month period will earn a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA.  This nationally held competition runs from August through October and currently the Monmouth County SPCA sits at 302 adoptions and counting. This number already exceeds last year’s adoption numbers.

"We are excited to work with children from across Monmouth County, Small Factory Productions and Purr n' Pooch during the "Tunes for Tails" Contest.  Children benefit on so many levels from the unconditional love a pet provides, and in our opinion, since an adopted pet has been given a second chance at love they give the most love of all." said, Laurie Garrison, Executive Director Monmouth County SPCA. "Being able to provide that second chance to a pet can be one of the most rewarding and affirming experiences.  We can't wait to see (hear) what the kids come up with!"

Contest Rules & Requirements:  Written entries must be no more than 75 words and videos no more than 60 seconds and uploaded to YouTube. The contest is open to first, second and third graders in Monmouth County and surrounding areas. Entries (ATTN: Tunes for Tails Contest) may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to 560 STE-C River Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704. 

Visit www.monmouthcountyspca.org to download the contest application. For additional information or questions contact Matt Cook of Small Factory Productions at 732-212-1088. 

Contest Notification: A panel of judges, representing the Monmouth County SPCA and Small Factory Productions will review all entries. The Contest ends at 5:00 p.m., October 29th, 2011. Winners will be notified by November 1, 2011, and the two-hour recording sessions at Small Factory Production's studio on 560 STE-C River Road, Fair Haven, NJ will be November 5th and November 12th (times to be determined by winners and Small Factory). 

Contest Workshop September 10th: Small Factory Productions will host a Songwriting Workshop at their  Open House on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m on 560 STE-C River Road, Fair Haven, NJ. Prospective "Tunes for Tails" contestants are invited to attend the Open House,  jam out with the Small Factory instructors and familiarize themselves with the songwriting process and equipment. The studio sound booth and audio mixing equipment will also be available for the children to use under Small Factory instructors' supervision.

About the Monmouth County SPCA: The mission of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) is to protect and advocate for all animals. The organization is dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven for homeless, abused and abandoned pets while they await adoption; reducing pet over-population through spay/neutering; and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service as a valuable community resource.

About Small Factory Productions: Small Factory Productions provides support and technical expertise while respecting and celebrating a child's individual, creative voice. Programs include claymation, music lessons and production, acting, video game creation, story telling, social skills for special learners and kindergarten enrichment. Small Factory uses curriculum that meets National and State Standards for Language Arts Literacy and Performing Arts to help children create and cast characters, develop stories, write scripts, record voices and play music. Small Factory Productions has created a library of more than 200 cartoons produced by more than 1,000 children. When a child's creativity is nurtured, the possibilities for growth and education are endless!