Blues Festival Guide: Artists on the Rise 2009

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Blues Festival Guide has extended its submission period to January 10, 2009 so that artists away fro the holidays can still have time to get their submissions in...

The Blues Festival Guide is "THE guide to the world of the Blues". As a supplement to the annual print edition, the Blues Festival Guide also has a major presence and influence online via its website and newsletter also known as the "E-guide"; read weekly by 16,500+ blues fans, talent buyers, radio programmers and record label executives.

The annual "Blues Artist on the Rise" competition, now in its third year, gives blues artists a chance to be evaluated against other up-and-coming blues artists. 12 semi-finalists will be selected to receive FREE advertising/promotion "showcases" in the E-guide. Each showcase will include the artist's bio, at least one photo, and a song performed by the artist.

At the end of the submission period overall winners will be named in the categories of Solo/Duo and Band. Those overall winners will be heavily publicized in the E-guide as officially winning "The 2009 Blues Artist On the Rise" competition. PLUS each category winner will receive free banner ad space on the Blues Festival Guide website for 6 months as well as free banner ad space on the E-guide for 6 months. Each category winner's prize package is valued at $1,000.

The "2008 Blues Artists on the Rise" winners were Laurie Morvan Band
in the Band category, and Sonny Moorman in the Solo/duo category.

If you think you are a Blues artist "on-the-rise", promotional coverage in the E-guide, and 6 months of free advertising could be a priceless boost to your career.

Blues artists are evaluated based on:

1. The content and completeness of their Sonicbids EPK (i.e. songs, photos, gig schedules, bios etc.)

2. The content and completeness of their own websites (similar criteria)

3. Originality

4. Talent

5. Production Quality

6. Overall Impression

A Semi-finalist (one of 12) will be announced weekly and will receive their advertising/promotion "showcase" in the E-Guide starting early in the submission period. Overall category winners will be announced in January 2009.

Entering artists will need to stipulate if they are entering as a Solo/duo or a Band. If you choose to be considered in both categories you will need to enter twice.