Disc Makers Independent Music World Series 2008

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Ready for the spotlight?

In 2008, the Independent Music World Series will:

Showcase 24 independent artists (selected by Billboard magazine)

Crown 4 Grand Prize Winners

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

Produce 4 compilation CDs featuring 60 indie acts

Want a chance to showcase for music industry VIPs? How about a chance to win cash and premium music gear? Enter Disc Makers’ Independent Music World Series (IMWS) for a chance to do both. In 2008, the IMWS will feature showcases in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago, and will award a huge Grand Prize at each show – will it be to you?

What can I win?

Tons of stuff. This is your opportunity to perform in front of music industry VIPs and win the gear to build your own home recording studio, a 1,000 CD manufacturing package, cash money, and more!

What genres of music are welcomed?
All genres are welcomed. No matter what style or genre of music you play, you are eligible for the IMWS.

Genres that have been featured in past IMWS showcases include:

Singer/Songwriter • Hard Rock • Punk/Pop • Pop Rock • Hip-Hop • Electronic Pop Rock • Jazz • Bluegrass Rock • Rock • Salsa • Country/American • Jam • Gospel • World • Country • Flamenco • AAA • R&B • Pop • Funk • Crunk • Klezmer • Alternative • A Capella • Punk • Emo • Latin • and more

How is it judged?
For all regions, submissions are judged on the following criteria:

  • Songwriting
  • Overall vibe
  • Musical performance
  • Vocal/lead instrument performance
  • 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.

    Who picks the finalists?
    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.

    Regional Showcase Breakdown

    West region

    Showcase will be held 7/17/08 in Los Angeles, 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 8/14/08 in New York City, NY

    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 9/11/08 in Atlanta, GA

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

    Midwest region

    Showcase will be held 10/16/08 in Chicago, IL

    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

  • 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 14th, 2008.

    Showcase Dates: July 17, 2008, October 16, 2008, September 11, 2008, August 14, 2008

    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.)