VOCATION MUSIC AWARD 2021
The National Office for Vocation are working with Vocation Ireland and international colleagues to run the ‘Vocation Music Award’. Young musicians age 18+ are invited to compose a song on the theme of vocation. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners receive €2000, €1000 and €500, respectively. The deadline for submissions is 31st July.
Please see the email below from NOV for more information. If you need any more information, please contact Sr Frances Kelly –
Vocation Music Award
Since last year we have been working in collaboration with Vocation Ireland to
hold a Vocation Music Award. This is a music competition for young people
18+ to write a song on the theme of Vocation. The idea came from a
Seminarian in Austria who ran this competition two years ago and it was a great
The vocation music award wants to bring the topic of vocation to young people
in a creative and innovative way, specifically through the medium of music. It
has been strongly recognised around the world that Covid-19 is impacting on
our young people in many ways. The lack of career opportunities and
disruption to education being two major challenges. Yet in these difficult times
music continues to be an emotive force and speaks to us all. Therefore, we feel
that this is a good time to be involved in such a project.
In attempting to meet the target audience, special attention is paid to the various
channels of social media. In addition, it is concerned with a broader unity
within the church, which is to be achieved through diverse collaboration and
cooperation. The focus is not merely on the project for its own sake, but on
spiritual unity, which is of great value for spiritual fertility. The project should
grow organically and gain traction through the various works of cooperation
across different church circles, both on a national and international level.
Theme and Music Style
The theme of the contest deals with the topic of vocation of the person. This is
understood however in the broader sense: not only the vocation to the
priesthood or consecrated life, but also to marriage and the call of God to love
and follow Him no matter our circumstances in life. Amongst others, the three
focus questions are:
Where is my place;
What is God’s plan for my life;
what is the purpose of my life.
The music styles entered into the contest may range from praise- and- worship
to folk music, church music or Gregorian chant or a combination of various
styles, all in order to broadly and creatively express in music what moves the
heart in faith.
NB. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF ANY OF YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE SUBMIT MUSIC. ALSO MOST
IMPORTANTLY, LET US KNOW OF THEIR SUCCESS SO WE CAN CELEBRATE THEM. GOOD LUCK
WITH SINCERE AND FRATERNAL REGARDS
MICHAEL AKINRELE-SUPREME DIRECTOR YOUTH & YOUNG PEOPLE