On Sunday January 17, the 32nd MASC Awards Gala brought together the DC area’s finest musicians and songwriters to a packed house at Jammin’ Java. This special night included presentations to winning songwriters in 12 different categories, performances by many of our Gold and Silver winners, and announcements of the Grand Prize, 2nd Place Overall, 3rd Place Overall winners, and other Special Awards (see list of MASC winners)
Beyond the talented winners listed in the link above, there are so many people who labored to make the contest and the gala such a success; let’s start with two special thank you mentions:
- To all the talented songwriters who submitted songs, and especially to those who did not win. While the winners are certainly to be congratulated, the backbone of the SAW community is made up of all songwriters who write for all the right reasons, share their talents with others and spotlight the area’s creative community in doing so. By connecting with others at open mics, sharing talents and ideas, and encouraging and working with fellow musicians, you all help create a vibrant and supportive community.
- To the all those inside and outside the SAW membership who worked - behind the scenes and on stage - to make MASC possible, Thank you. There were judges, sponsors, volunteers, too many to list here who made the entire contest work so well. But to name a few, we owe special thanks to Loralyn Coles (Director), Ron Goad & Diana Quinn (hosts), and Caren Dale (backstage manager). The work of keeping a show as full and busy as ours, moving smoothly between the many acts and presenters and to finish on time. You all deserve your own award category.