Gulf County TDC to host song contest for marketing materials

The Gulf County Tourist Development Council is hosting a first-of-its-kind song contest to promote Gulf County tourism. 


The contest, which opens August 1, is free and open to the first 50 submissions. The song chosen will be featured in the county’s 2023 tourism marketing campaign.


“We are looking for a song to connect our locals and visitors,” said the TDC on a webpage designed for the contest, “something that everyone who loves Gulf County can rally around – an anthem for how we live and interact with our waters, community, and nature.”


There are no requirements for genre or length, but the TDC did list criteria to ensure submitted songs follow Gulf County brand standards.         


Content must reflect the Gulf County TDC brand standards and story, which is described in more detail in the terms and conditions listed on the TDC website. The content cannot promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, and it cannot be obscene or offensive or endorse any form of hate or hate group.


Content cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Gulf County TDC, the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners, Contest sponsors or other people or companies. 


Content cannot contain any material that infringes on the intellectual property rights or other rights of any third party or contain any personal identification such as license plate numbers, e-mail addresses or street addresses. Content cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others 


Content cannot communicate messages inconsistent with the positive goodwill to which Gulf County TDC wishes to associate,  and Content cannot depict acts or situations, and cannot itself be, in violation of any law or otherwise. 


The Gulf County TDC reserves the right to disqualify any Submission (or portion thereof) for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion, including its determination in their sole discretion that a submission fails to satisfy any of the above requirements


“Please submit a fully recorded song, and your lyrics,” the TDC asked. “The winner or winners will have an opportunity to perform the song at Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival in October, and the TDC will produce a full length Music Video and a 30 second spot for media buys.”

For more information or to submit a song, please visit Submission forms will be available starting August 1.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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