2011 Florida Music Festival

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Don't miss your LAST CHANCEThe Florida Music Festival, showcasing more than 250 bands on 15 different stages. Confirmed acts for this year include Minus the Bear, Easy Star All Stars, Better Than Ezra and more.

FMF has reserved 150 slots for Sonicbids artists, and 2 artists who submit by February 28 will both get $1,000, a mainstage performance slot, and VIP passes for all band members.

Artists based in Florida and Puerto Rico will also be considered for the Florida GRAMMY® Showcase. 6 artists will perform in front of industry executives and be eligible for prizes like studio time, gear, and more./n/nFlorida Music Festival is reserving 150 slots for Sonicbids members, and two artists who submit by February 28 will both get $1,000, a mainstage performance slot, and VIP passes for all band members. Congratulations to Our Future Glory and The Weeks who were both selected for these giveaways in December and January.

**Please Note: artists based in Florida and Puerto Rico will also be considered for the Florida GRAMMY® Showcase. Scroll down to find out more.

The Festival: A Decade of Making Music History:

    The 2011 Florida Music Festival welcomes musicians of all genres to submit for a chance to perform at the 10th Anniversary of the Florida Music Festival. Coming April 6-9th, FMF Showcases more than 250 bands on 15 different stages, including past headliners like Flogging Molly, Anberlin, Buckcherry, Third Eye Blind, Less Than Jake, Pras, Rusted Root, Everclear, Yellowman, members of Matchbox Twenty, Creed and many more. Artists can now submit to perform on the same stages as national artists at FMF2011. If you can't attend as a performing artist, FMF is releasing a limited supply of 3-day passes on Friday, February 18th for $25 via Ticketfly.com.

The 10th edition opens on Thursday, April 7th welcoming back for a third appearance, Jacksonville based funk and soul of JJ Grey & Mofro at the Beacham Theatre, and across Orange Ave the indie prog sounds of Minus the Bear at Wall Street Plaza, and more than 50 other unsigned and independent acts. FMF2011’s second night goes dub, with the Hawaiian Reggae of the Easy Star All Stars (covering classics like Dark Side of the Moon, Sgt Peppers and OK Computer), Cas Haley, The Green and others at Wall St Plaza, along with Nashville indie throwbacks The Ettes on the FedEx Undergound Music Stage at The Backbooth Lot and more than 50 other unsigned and independent acts throughout Downtown on Friday, April 8th. The now legendary closing night party at Wall St Plaza covers the past two decades of modern rock radio with New Orleans favorite sons, Better Than Ezra and more than 50 other unsigned and independent acts throughout Downtown on Saturday, April 9th.

The Conference: VIP List of Music Industry Speakers:

    A decade of highlights featuring a 'Who's Who' list of Music Industry Attendees, Guest Speakers and Keynote Interviews at the Florida Music Festival & Conference Seminars. Everyone on this list was made available as an artist, music company or aspiring music industry student, to network with, drop a demo or hand off a resume. FMF2011 is a chance to further careers as an artist or industry representative. All submitting artists will receive passes to the Industry Conference (performing artists receive one pass per member/Non-Performing artists receive two passes total). Some past Keynote speakers and Industry Attendees include: Monte & Avery Lipman • Universal Republic Founders • Owl City/Taylor Swift/Godsmack/Jack Johnson/3 Doors Down, Steve Robertson • Atlantic Records VP of A&R • Shinedown/Paramore, Keynote: John Janick • Fueled By Ramen Founder • Fallout Boy/Gym Class Heroes/Paramore, Richard Reines • Drive Thru Records Founder • Dashboard Confessional/New Found Glory, Rodney Jerkins • Producer • Michael Jackson/Beyonce/Alicia Keys/Lady GaGa/Kanye West, Jeff Fenster • Jive/Zomba Records • Tribe Called Quest / Britney Spears / HedPE, James Wisner • Producer • Dashboard Confessional/Underoath/New Found Glory, Ryan Murphy • No Idea Records • Against Me!/Hot Water Music, Dave Siegel • Producer • TI/Soulja Boy/Christina Aquilera/Enrique Iglesias and many more!

The Showcases: Past success stories of showcasing artists:

    Over a span of a last decade, the Florida Music Festival helped gain industry exposure for then unsigned artists like Taylor Swift, Flyleaf, Manchester Orchestra, Black Tide, The Academy Is, There For Tomorrow to the who’s who of the music industry, and thousands of music fans in Downtown Orlando. Submit now to showcase at the 10th Anniversary of FMF. Please send any questions to artistrelations@floridamusicfestival.com

The Film: Indie Film Jam Music Video screenings:

    Artists can screen their music inspired docs, videos and shorts for thousands of music, art and film fanatics at FMF2011. Past screenings and speakers include Screaming Masterpiece featuring Sigur Ros and Bjork, Whiskey on a Sunday featuring Flogging Molly and Skid Row featuring Pras of the Fugees.

Florida GRAMMY® Showcase

The Seventh edition of the Florida GRAMMY® Showcase will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, as opening night of the Florida Music Festival (FMF2011). This event is open to all unsigned artists who reside in Florida or Puerto Rico and will reward six finalists with an opportunity to perform live on opening night of Florida Music Festival 2011 in front of an audience of music industry executives and fellow music community. In addition to performing before this influential audience, Florida GRAMMY Showcase finalists will compete for artist development prize packages consisting of recording time, music gear and more. Florida GRAMMY Showcase entrants will also be automatically considered for a showcase spot in FMF2011, which runs from April 6-9 and features over 250 artists.

GRAMMY Showcases throughout various cities have built a successful track record of helping to expose new and emerging talent. Acts that have gone on to major label record deals include Saliva and the North Mississippi Allstars, who appeared in a past Mid-South GRAMMY Showcase. Jessi Alexander was signed to MCA Nashville and Matt Jenkins to Universal South Records after becoming Nashville GRAMMY Showcase finalists. Florida’s 2008 runner-up Johnny Bulford won the $100,000 first place prize in the Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville and 2005 finalist Francesca Battistelli was signed to Fervent/Word-Curb and was also a GRAMMY nominee at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010.

Florida Chapter members will also receive a discount to attend all shows, conference panels, and industry receptions at FMF2011 for only $50 (reg. $100) that they can access by emailing florida@grammy.com.

The Testimonials:

  • "Black Tide's ear seering showcase at FMF06 go them attention from A&R (Interscope) and the Prince of Darkness himself (Ozzfest 07 Tour)!"
    - SPIN Magazine/Feb Issue

  • "That was Taylor Swift's first industry showcase, it was impressive to see a 14 year old perform with such confidence for more than 150 industry reps!"
    - David McKenna/Bonded Records

  • "Festivals like this are necessity to bring the music fans together with great unknown and unsigned bands that they might otherwise never take a chance on..."
    - Stephen

Terms And Conditions

Official Rules:
1. How to Enter: Please complete the attached entry form and submit materials as described in the entry form. All entries must be received between 12:00 a.m. ET December 27, 2010 and 11:59 p.m. ET, February 28, 2011 via submittal online at http://www.sonicbids.com/floridagrammyshowcase (Please note that a no-obligation, free-trial registration with Sonicbids is required to enter online if you do not have a Sonicbids account) or by physical entry to The Recording Academy, Florida Chapter offices, located at 311 Lincoln Road, Suite 301, Miami Beach, FL 33139. All entrants will also be considered by FMF2011 for a showcase spot in their schedule, to be determined at their sole discretion.

2. Materials: Materials submitted become the property of The Recording Academy and will not be returned. The Recording Academy will not be responsible for any deterioration in recording quality of submission that may occur, for defective or unreadable submissions, or for lost or incomplete packages.

3. Eligibility: Only artists age 13 and older who are Florida or Puerto Rico residents who are not currently under contract with a record label are eligible to enter this contest. This rule is not meant to exclude artists who have formed their own label to release their own project. FL/PR residency required for a minimum of six of the last twelve months. The Recording Academy reserves the right to request additional proof of residency. All past Florida or other area GRAMMY Showcase entrants are welcome to enter, with the exception that the six 2010 Florida GRAMMY Showcase finalists may not enter this 2011 event. Minors (18 and under in FL / 21 and under in PR) must have signature on entry form from parent or guardian to enter. All individuals or group member entrants must read and sign these Official Rules.

4. Judging: Submissions will be screened and scored by a Judging Committee made up of music professionals on The Recording Academy Florida Chapter Board and any other qualified person(s) that they may choose to appoint in addition. Entries will be judged based on vocal ability, musicianship, and commercial potential. Entrants agree to accept these Official Rules and the decisions of the Judging Committee as final.

5. Prizes: Six semi-finalists and six finalists will be named with only the six finalists invited to perform at Florida GRAMMY Showcase on April 6, 2011 in Orlando. From these six finalists, an Artist Development Package Grand Prize and Runner-Up Prize winner will be selected at the showcase event. The other four finalists will also receive Artist Development Packages. If a selected finalist is unable to attend and perform at the showcase, the next highest finishing semi-finalist will be given the showcase slot. Details of Artist Development prize packages to be announced. Prizes range in approximate retail value from $500 for the Sixth Runner-Up Prize to $10,000 for the Grand Prize.

6. Expenses/Taxes: Finalists selected to perform at the event are responsible for all expenses associated with any prize which are not specifically provided for in these Official Rules, including paying for their own transportation and accommodation costs related to attending and performing at the event and bringing their own instruments for the performance. Prize winners responsible for any and all taxes due on value of prizes awarded and will be sent IRS W-9 forms for the 2011 tax year. Winners will be provided cash prizes as a tax gross up in an amount corresponding to the average taxpayer tax implication based on their prize value.

7. Finalist/Winner Notification: Semi-finalists and finalists will be notified by email or telephone on or about March 18, 2011. All potential finalists/winners are subject to verification at the sole discretion of The Recording Academy. Neither The Recording Academy nor its affiliates or agencies are responsible for lost, late, stolen, misdirected, delayed or damaged mail or notifications.

8. Representations and Warranties: Entrant represents and warrants that: (a) he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of all rights to the entry materials submitted as part of the entry process ("Materials"), including without limitation any and all copyrights therein, and the Materials are free of any adverse claim by any person or entity; (b) the Materials do not infringe the copyright, literary, privacy, publicity, trademark, service mark, trade name, trade secret, intellectual property right, or any other personal or property right of any person or entity; (c) the Materials will not constitute a libel or defamation of any third party; (d) the Materials do not contain any material that otherwise violates any criminal prohibition or the personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity; and (e) the Materials do not violate any federal, state or local laws or ordinances.

9. Indemnification: Entrant hereby agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Recording Academy and its present and future direct and indirect parents, affiliates, successors, partners, subsidiaries, employees, officers, directors, trustees, governors, volunteers, representatives, agents, licensors, licensees, assigns and related companies, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate families or household members of each (collectively the Sponsor Affiliates) against any and all third-party claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related to any breach by the entrant of any provision of this document, including, without limitation, entrant's representations and warranties.

10. Release of Liability: By participating, entrant releases the Sponsor Affiliates, and all others associated with the development and execution of the contest from and against any and all injury, loss or damage caused or claimed to be caused by his/her participation in the contest and/or the acceptance, use and/or misuse of any prize, and entrant agrees that these entities are in no matter responsible for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to the promotion and/or the awarding of any prize. If the preceding release is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or void for any reason, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the contest shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (b) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

11. General: Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements. If selected as finalists and/or winners, finalists/winners (and any other persons appearing in the materials) grant to The Recording Academy a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual and transferable right and license to use the Materials for any advertising, promotional or commercial purposes, including the right to publicly display, perform, reproduce and distribute the Materials in any media channels; and understand and agree that their names, photos, or likenesses, statements, and submitted songs and lyrics may be publicized in or broadcast over any medium in association with The Recording Academys Florida GRAMMY Showcase without compensation, except where otherwise prohibited by law. Finalists/winners (or parent/legal guardian if finalist/winner is a minor) must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility certifying eligibility, including unsigned status. Finalist/winner (or parent/legal guardian if finalist/winner is a minor) may also be required to sign and return a Liability/Publicity release. In the event such Affidavit and Liability/Publicity Release is not returned within ten (10) days of the request being made, prizes may be forfeited and an alternate finalist/winner selected. This statement is subject to verification by The Recording Academy. Any false information will result in automatic disqualification and forfeiture of prize. The Recording Academy reserves the right to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has violated these Official Rules. The Recording Academy reserves the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the contest if any fraud, virus or other problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the contest. No substitution of prizes is offered, no transfer of prizes to a third party is permitted, and prizes may not be redeemed for cash value. The contest is governed by U.S. law, is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited and outside of Florida and Puerto Rico.

12. Winners Names: For names of Winners, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Florida Grammy Showcase Winner List, The Recording Academy, Florida Chapter, 311 Lincoln Rd., Suite 301, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Requests must be received by April 30, 2011.

13. Sponsor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.