The search for new musical talent in New Zealand has begun in a “big way” with applications coming in from around New Zealand for City Showcase, the live musical event taking place in Napier from 25-28 November 2010.
As a part of City Showcase Spotlight - New Zealand new and emerging musicians will be given the opportunity to perform at gigs in and around Napier’s Art Deco city centre. The event culminates in an audience led competition – Finding the Future - with the ultimate winner scoring a trip to play City Showcase in Hong Kong or London in May 2011. The winner will also perform at the Mission Winery Concert in 2011.
Speaking from her office in the UK, City Showcase organiser Nanette Rigg said the response from talented musicians was coming from throughout New Zealand.
“We only opened applications a month ago and we’re very excited by the high calibre of entries coming in from as far afield as Dunedin and Christchurch.”
Ms Rigg said that applications could either be made through Sonicbids or to a postal address in Napier.
The event is designed to showcase the talent of new musicians and allows a platform for artists to perform for both the public and the cream of the New Zealand music industry.
A judging panel made up of leaders from the music industry will be in Napier to judge the competition and the public will also have the chance to vote.
The judging panel will include Campbell Smith (CEO of The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand Inc (RIANZ), who also has his own Management Company, CRS Music Management Limited), Ian James (Managing Director, Mushroom Music Publishing, Australia and recipient of a Midem Masters Award) and Mike Chunn (CEO of the Play It Strange Trust which implements music programmes for New Zealand school and former member of the New Zealand bands Split Enz and Citizen Band)
The Tutts, who have recently released their debut album “Get in the Club” and Chris Cope, formerly guitarist with the Kiwi band “Eight” have already announced their support of the event, with both bands playing evening shows during the weekend.
Further support and headline acts will continue to be announced in the run-up to the November event, together with details of associated Workshops and Q&A sessions for the artists and public alike.
City Showcase is a non-profit organisation and has been launching new musical talent in the UK since 2003.
The event is widely recognised as being one of the most diverse and high profile festivals in the world with over 200 musicians performing in central London in 2009, covering a range of musical genres.
Want to be part of City Showcase?
If you want to take part in this exciting festival, and showcase your work, please send a web link, a brief biography and a photo to City Showcase, PO Box 3217, Onekawa, Napier.
Alternatively apply through www.sonicbids.com/cityshowcasenapier. City Showcase submissions through Sonicbids are open to ALL artists, though there is one slot exclusively reserved for an artist selected through Sonicbids with a travel contribution for the selected applicant.
The deadline for applications is 1st July 2010.
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