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August 12, 2010

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services (402) 471-4047,
Scott Rutz, TUNE Project Coordinator, Bailey Lauerman, (402) 479-0290

Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services Announces 2010 Song Search for TUNE Project

Initiative Empowers Young Women to Make Healthy Life Choices through Music

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched the TUNE project’s 2010 Song Search. TUNE uses music to raise awareness of the many issues affecting the emotional and physical health of young adults and is part of the department’s ongoing health and wellness initiatives. The goal of the 2010 song search is to select a diverse cross-section of new artists who will write songs that empower young adults to take control of their futures and make positive choices early in life.

Artists can learn more about the TUNE Song Search by visiting Submissions will be collected through October 25, 2010, for a panel of judges to review. The selected artists will record their songs at a professional recording studio in Lincoln.

Last year, the first TUNE contest received more than 150 submissions of original songs and poetry. Eight artists were selected to professionally record their songs, which were featured at and other social channels, resulting in thousands of Website visits. In addition, the selected TUNE artists performed at several concerts and events throughout the state this spring and summer. All components of TUNE tied health and wellness information to its messages.

“With last year's overwhelming response to the TUNE Song Search, we knew we had to do it again,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s chief medical officer and director of the DHHS Division of Public Health. “Music reaches a diverse audience. We want to continue building on the great inspiration young people are finding in music and reach them in a way that should inspire change and make them recognize that there’s no better time to ‘tune’ their minds, their lives and relationships than right now.”

For more information about TUNE, please visit