Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Got The Writing Chops To Pen The Next Hit Song?

Our friends at the International Songwriting Competition are looking for passionate musicians, songwriters, and performers. This is a great opportunity to have your music heard by high-profile recording artists and influential music industry professionals. Plus there's over $150,000 in cash and prizes. But Hurry! The extended deadline is quickly approaching on Nov. 4th.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Acoustic Music Awards Deadline Approaching

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"It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page" ~ Joan Baez, hit songwriter
Acoustic Music Awards Deadline Approaching 
10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is now accepting entries. IAMA promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include D'Addario strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, AirplayAccess, SongU, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show, NoisyPlanet, Sonicbids, Broadjam and XM Satellite Radio. 
IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels and with or without CD releases. Past years' winners include; AJ Croce, Maddy Rodriguez (Canada), David Francey (Canada), Liz Longley, The Refugees (USA), Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (USA), Larry Pattis (USA), Omega (Uganda), El McMeen, etc. 
Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.  Winning songs will be heard on radio! Winners and runner-ups will be featured on our CD compilation. Also, we feature up to 10 different artists get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month, which provides a review, ratings, CD information and more. The sooner, you enter, the sooner you get featured!
Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, Music Production and originality. (Please note that IAMA is a different competition from USA Songwriting Competition). 
 ** DEADLINE APPROACHING: Enter by November 8th or earlier, Hurry! ENTER HERE »

Alumni Winners & Finalists' Updates
Acoustic Cafe, a sydicated radio program will feature the 9th Annual IAMA winners: A.J. Croce, Kat Parsons, Wes Carr, Mayu Wakisaka, Joel Rafael, etc this month. 
IAMA Podcast is out, click here to listen >>
Jeff Gutt (9th Annual IAMA Finalist) made past the audition rounds and received 4 "yeses" in the live TV show of "X-Factor". This is the 2nd time that he has appeared on X-Factor live event. 
Sahsa Allen, a backup singer of Air Gold, 13th Annual USA Songwriting Competition Top Winner, was a top 5 contestant the #1 hit NBC TV show "The Voice".
Zane Williams (2nd Annual IAMA Winner) winning song at IAMA was recorded by Country music singer Jason Michael Carroll, the song that he won at IAMA hit #14 on the Billboard Country Songs charts and #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. 
David Francey, top winner of 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), is one of Canada’s most revered singer-songwriters, had both the most-played album (So Say We All) and song (“Rain”) on folk radio during May 2013, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. 
Gail Swanson (2002 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize Winner, Country)'s acoustic version of "Sympathy for the Devil" was featured in the ABC series "666 Park Ave". Her song "Half A Heart" was recorded with Willie Nelson
 Nenna Yvonne (Overall Grand Prize Winner, 16th Annual USA Songwriting Competition) has been signed with Thump/Universal Music Group.
Sally Nyolo (2012 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize Winner, World category) is signed to RCA Victor/Sony Music.
Alexander Cardinale (2011 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize winner & Overall 2nd Prize) won Hollywood Music in Media Award for "Best Song in a TV Show" on "90210" with the same song he won for USA Songwriting Competition "Traffic Lights". 

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Billboard Film & TV Music Conference
October 29-30, 2013. The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard join forces to deliver a cutting-edge, two-day seminar on the role of music in film and television. Now in its 14th year, this Conference offers attendees the unique opportunity to learn from, network and expose their music directly to the best music supervisors, composers, directors, music editors, songwriters and producers in the business.
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IAMA Featured Artists Of the Month Spotlight 
Amirah Ali (Malaysia)
Michael Fix (Australia)
Berteal (USA)


Compilation CD
"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 10" is out now. "New ACOUSTIC MUSIC Vol 8" will be out in September 2013

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Music Auditions, Conferences & Festivals

Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame "Masterclass In The Round", Hosted by Songwriters/Producers Desmond Child & Rudy Perez: 7:30pm, September 24, 2013, Avenue D Jazz & Blues Club, Miami, FL, USA

AES 2013 135th Convention: Oct 17 - 20, 2013; Javits Center, New York, USA.

Billboard Film & TV Music Conference; Oct 29-30, 2013; los angeles, CA, USA

Winter NAMM 2014, Anaheim, CA - January 23-26, 2014

MIDEM 2014: February 1-4  2014; Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

2014 Folk Alliance Conference: Feb 19 - 23, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA
SXSW Music: March 11 - 16, 2014; Austin, TX, USA
Winter Music Conference: March 21 - 30, 2014; Miami Beach, FL, USA
ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo: April 24 - 26, 2014; Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Paul Kloschinsky - Like Your Hero

Basic Band Info

Band Name: Paul Kloschinsky
Album Name: Like Your Hero
Email Address:
Website Address:

Music Style: Folk-Rock
Influences: Bob Dylan


First Name :Paul
Last Name :Kloschinsky
Geographic City: Delta
State: BC Country:Canada
Zip Code: V4L 1Y8

Band Description

A foundation of vintage Dylan Folk-Rock, with tasteful strings and soarin

Paul Kloschinsky is a Folk Rock Singer Songwriter from Delta, BC, Canada. He won the 2007 MusicAid Award for Best Canadian Songwriter for his original song Wearin’ Blue.

He released his first album, Woodlands, February 24, 2009 on Prism/Universal in Canada. He released his second album, Like Your Hero, in January 2013.

Paul Kloschinsky was born in Saskatchewan in 1963. He attended the University of British Columbia in the 1980’s and received a Bsc in Computer Science and an MD. After living and working across Canada he has returned to his hometown of Delta, BC, Canada. He has played in a few rock bands in the Vancouver area since High School.

He is now a Folk-Rock Singer Songwriter. In addition to being a songwriter, he is also an avid poet and photographer.

He has a website at

Local Songwriter Honored The Delta Optimist (January 12,2008)

A local man picked up a 2007 MusicAid award for Best Canadian Songwriter last month. Tsawwassen's Paul Kloschinsky, 44, called the win "a dream come true." "It's an amateur award, so I'm hoping someone in the music industry will listen to me now, and maybe I'll get a music publishing deal," he said. Kloschinsky won the award for his song "Wearin' Blue" He said the tune is about the "wistful sadness you get in autumn." The award winners were decided by online voting. Over 16,000 votes were cast, MusicAid's website said. The award's "given me some encouragement," Kloschinsky said. In addition to writing songs, Kloschinsky is also a poet and professional photographer. "It keeps me busy. I love it", he said. You can check out the winning song, as well as his other work at MusicAid, the non-profit group that handed out the award was founded 10 years ago. It has provided resources and educational opportunities to musicians worldwide.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Brandon Bower Music - Rain Pours Down

Basic Band Info
Band Name: Brandon Bower Music
Album Name: Rain Pours Down
Email Address:
Website Address:
Music Style: Country rock
Influences: Personal
First Name :Michael
Last Name :Welke
Geographic City: Virginia Beach
State: VA
Zip Code: 23455

Band Description

A throwback to the southern rock, country, funk sound from the 70's and 80's. Grew up in Georgia. Influenced by James Brown, Elvis, Edwin McCain to U2. Very uniuqe sound..

Hailing from Augusta, Georgia where funk and soul seems to run in the water, Brandon Bower dove in head first, sunk to the bottom, and came back up with an undeniable force. He draws from such inspirations as fellow Augustan, the Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown. In fact a local radio personality said it best "If Elvis Presley and James Brown had a child, it would be no other than Brandon Bower" . He captivates audiences with relentless passion for the sake of the message. He has honed his craft of performing and writing through ten years of gigging and touring.

During that time he has shared the stage with James Brown and the Soul Generals, Jennifer Nettles (currently of Sugarland), Colonel Bruce Hampton and The Code Talkers, Tim Reynolds, Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors, Guitar Wizard Monte Montgomery, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Michael Montgomery, Twila Paris, and the list goes on. In conjunction with performing, Brandon is a distinguished songwriter of over 50 originals and has co-written with Charles Kelley, frontman of the chart topping trio, Lady Antebellum.

One of his biggest strengths is his versatility. He can comfortably play and sing Rock, Funk, Soul, Country, Jazz, Jam, R & B, Gospel, Metal, and it is not uncommon to hear a little of all the above in his show. Brandon spent over five years touring as lead singer, guitar player, and writer, for the band The Big Mighty. They kept over 200 tour dates a year rising to the top of their booking agency. The band won Favorite Band of Best of Augusta Awards, as well as Best Vocalist, Best Bass Player, and Favorite Solo Performer. If you ever had the opportunity of catching one of Brandon's live performances you will quickly see that his tenacity never wains. Whether ministering around the world or singing all night in the deep south honky tonks, whether one fan or a crowd of a thousand, Brandon puts all that he is into his performance.