The Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriters Scholarship Contest

July 20, 2018 – Rockaway, NJ

LIFE Center Stage, The Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris, Morris County Stigma-Free and Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey are looking for songwriters to use the power of music to engage the community in this much needed call to action to Knock Out Opioid Abuse.

The Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriters Scholarship Contest was developed to help raise awareness of the opioid epidemic that has adversely impacted far too many lives.

They are inviting musicians who are truly passionate about the cause, making a difference with their music or have had this epidemic affect them, their family, friends, co-workers or classmates to submit a song – lyrics and/or musical composition.

Entrants do not have to personally be in recovery to enter.

6 Winners will be chosen to receive:

• Scholarship for a 4-week Anthem Songwriting Workshop taught by hit #1 hit songwriter, Lorraine Ferro on August 7 & 21, September 4 & 18, from 7 – 10pm at Rest Stop Rejuvenate 21 Maple Ave. Rockaway, NJ.

  • Two hours of Private Coaching with Lorraine Ferro.
  • Performance of their collaborative anthem songs at The Knockout Opioid Abuse Concert on October 4.

At the concert, 1 Grand Prize Winner will be chosen to:


  • Record their anthem song in a professional studio
  • $500 Prize

To Enter:  Visit to submit a link to a video of yourself performing your original song, lyrics or musical composition. As well as your personal story (4 minutes max) focused on how this opioid epidemic has affected and impacted your life or why you are passionate about this cause.

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. This contest is open to all Morris County residents, age 13 and up. Read the Official Contest Rules on

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is the statewide single-day initiative that will mobilize the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates in our state. Teams of volunteers across the state will visit physician and dental offices, as well as homes in local communities, to distribute this vital information.