Disc Makers Independent Music World Series 2007

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In 2007, the IMWS will:

Showcase 24 independent artists (selected by Billboard magazine)

Crown 4 Grand Prizes Winners

Award $250,000 in total prizes (including $24,000 in CASH!)

Produce 4 compilation CDs featuring 60 indie acts

The 2007 IMWS features showcases in San Francisco, New York, Nashville and Austin, and will award a huge Grand Prize at each show. This is your opportunity to perform in front of music industry VIPs and win the gear to build your own home recording studio, a 2,000 CD manufacturing package, showcases at major music conferences, cash money, and more!

In each region, submissions are judged on songwriting, overall vibe, musical performance, vocal/lead instrument performance, and originality. Genre and production quality are not a factor. This isn’t a popularity contest. Our goal is to discover, showcase, and reward the best independent artists in the country.

From the initial screening, 100 semi-finalists are selected and sent to the offices of Billboard magazine. Editors at Billboard screen the semi-finalists to choose six acts to play each showcase.

Showcases are regional and break down as follows:

West region

Showcase will be held 7/26/07 in San Francisco, CA

Open to artists from: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA and WY as well as YT, BC, AB and SK Canada

Northeast region

Showcase will be held 8/23/07 in New York City

Open to artists from: CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI and VT, as well as QC and NL Canada

Southeast region

Showcase will be held 9/20/07 in Nashville, TN

Open to artists from: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV

Southwest region

Showcase will be held 10/11/07 in Austin, TX

Open to artists from: CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NM, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, TX and WI, as well as NT, MB, ON, Victoria Island, Banks Island, Baffin Island and Queen Eliz Island Canada

Since 2002, our Grand Prize Winners include: Singer Songwriter (Amber deLaurentis, Chinua Hawk), Hard Rock (Dirty Power), Punk/Pop (Bang Sugar Bang), Pop Rock (Plain Jane Automobile, Rich Creamy Paint), Hip-Hop (Treologic, The Urban Sophisticates, BurnDown All-Stars, Dura Hale), Electronic Pop Rock (Brice Woodall), Jazz (Orbert Davis), Bluegrass Rock (Rose’s Pawn Shop), Rock (Shipwreck Union), Salsa (Bio Ritmo), Country/American (Deadman), Jam (Gamble Brothers Band)

We’ve also showcased Gospel, World, Country, Flamenco, AAA, R&B, Pop, Funk, Crunk, Klezmer, Alternative, A Capella, Punk, Emo, Latin… did someone say “all genres welcome?”

Terms And Conditions

The IMWS is open to all musicians not currently signed to a major record label or affiliate playing any style of original music. Acts cannot have any members currently signed to a major label. Employees of Disc Makers, its affiliates, subsidiaries, or sponsors, and members of their immediate families, are not eligible.

All styles and genres of music are welcomed and accepted.

Showcase eligibility is based on the home state of the main contact. Whatever state the main contact resides determines which showcase event the submitted act will be eligible for. See below for the regional breakdown.

Three original songs (minimum) must be submitted as MP3s (if submitting online via Sonicbids) or on CD if submitting by mail. If sending a CD, please indicate which three tracks you want screened. Note: Materials (e.g., bios, band photos, press kits) should not be sent. CDs cannot be returned once submitted.

Only one entry per act, please.

A $25 processing fee must accompany all entries (Sonicbids: Members - $25; Non-members - $29.95). This fee is collected by credit card when submitting online - check or money order made payable to Disc Makers for mailed entries. (Don't forget you also get a FREE copy of Billboard's Musician's Guide to Touring and Promotion and a free issue of DRUM! and Electronic Musician magazines just for entering.)

An official IMWS Entry Form must accompany all mailed entries. The Entry Form should include names and contact information for all current members of the act (including everyone who would be playing in the showcase). Sonicbids entries will be contacted after the submission is made to collect the contact info of participating members. This information is necessary to enable us to contact you immediately if your act is chosen to perform.

Entries are judged on Songwriting, Overall Vibe, Musical Performance, Vocal/Lead Instrument Performance, and Originality. Genre and production quality are not a factor.

A team of independent music professionals screens the talent pool as the field is narrowed to six finalists.

A panel of area industry will be selected to judge the live showcase and choose the Grand Prize Winner.

All members of the act must be 18 or older to be eligible.

The DEADLINE for all submissions is Wednesday, May 9th, 2007.

Region West Midwest Southwest Northeast
Showcase City San Francisco, CA Austin, TX Nashville, TN New York, NY
Showcase Date July 26, 2007 October 11, 2007 September 20, 2007 August 23, 2007
Eligible States Arizona Colorado Alabama Connecticut
Alaska Iowa Arkansas District of Columbia
California Illinois Florida Delaware
Hawaii Indiana Georgia Massachusetts
Idaho Kansas Kentucky Maryland
Montana Michigan Louisiana Maine
Nevada Minnesota Mississippi New Hampshire
Oregon Montana North Carolina New Jersey
Utah North Dakota South Carolina New York
Washington Nebraska Tennessee Pennsylvania
Wyoming New Mexico Virginia Rhode Island
Yukon Territory Ohio West Virginia Vermont
British Columbia Oklahoma Quebec
Alberta South Dakota Newfoundland
Saskatchewan Texas
Northwest Territory
Victoria Island
Banks Island
Baffin Island
Queen Eliz Island
Ellesmere Island

To enter online via Sonicbids youll need:
1. Three original songs in MP3 format.
2. A valid credit card to charge the $25 entry fee. (If you are not a Sonicbids member, an additional $4.95 will be charged for a six-month membership.)