MUSIC SUPERSTARS JOIN RECORD LABEL EXECUTIVES TO SELECT ISC WINNERS
Tom Waits, Nas, Imagine Dragons, Bernie Taupin, Florida Georgia Line, Robert Smith (The Cure), Selina Gomez, McCoy Tyner,
Dido, Duran Duran Are Among The 55 Judges To Select Winners In The
2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2013
October 7, 2013 - Due to extremely high demand, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended the deadline for entering songs until November 4, 2013. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform, Sonicbids, ReverbNation, Broadjam, or through the mail. Within this extended deadline period, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives.
One of the most prestigious and respected songwriting competitions in the world, ISC gives away a total of more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (including $25,000 cash for the Grand Prize winner alone), and gives songwriters 22 different categories to enter their songs into. Not only do ISC winners receive great prizes and media recognition, but winners also receive a lot of industry attention. Many previous winners have gone on to great success and garnered record deals, publishing deals, licensing deals, and even Grammys. Previous ISC winners include: Gotye and Kimbra (best known for their Grammy winning, million selling single "Somebody That I Used To Know), Passenger, The Band Perry, Gin Wigmore, Bastille, and many more.
Entry information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.
One of the most difficult challenges for artists is to get their music into the hands of the music industry's heavy hitters, yet ISC gives this opportunity to each finalist. All finalists' songs are sent to the judges who evaluate them and then select the overall winners. This year's judges are unparalleled in prestige and accomplishment and reflect the pinnacle of success in contemporary music.
2013 ISC JUDGES
Nas; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Tom Waits; Imagine Dragons; Martina McBride; Bruce Hornsby; Robert Smith (The Cure); Keane; Simon Le Bon & Roger Taylor (Duran Duran); Josh Turner; Dido; Garbage; James Cotton; Brian Setzer; Florida Georgia Line; Mark Foster (Foster the People); Boney James; AVICII; Craig Morgan; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show); McCoy Tyner; Michael W. Smith; Jon Secada; Anoushka Shankar; Black Francis (The Pixies); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Gerald Casale (Devo); John Mayall; Joshua Redman; Alejandro Sanz; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Bombino; Jeremy Camp; Chayanne; Jason Isbell; Selena Gomez and Jimmy Needham
Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Pop/Top 40, Performance, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, and World Music.
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For more information, contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC SUPERSTARS JOIN RECORD LABEL EXECUTIVES TO SELECT ISC WINNERS
There's been 2 very siginificant events in the last few weeks
1/ It's the 50th anniversary of the Audio Cassette developed by Philips
2/ The passing of a man named Dr Ray Dolby
These 2 events are inextricably linked and one can't be mentioned without the other.
In the early 60s Philips developed a compact cassette based tape format primarily for the recording of speech. (a dictation device). Little did they know at the time ( in fact they failed miserably at securing a reasonable patent for the format that must have cost them billions!) that it would become a primary carrier of music for over thirty years.
The problem as previously mentioned was that the fidelity of audio cassette was barely enough to record voice well, let alone the extended frequency response needed for music. This prompted a guy by the name of Ray Dolby to look at ways of improving the noise floor and quality of recordings that could be placed on to a 1/8th inch tape running at 1&7/8th inches per second (by comparison modern reel to reels ran at 30 IPS). And in 1965 Dolby Laboratories (visit the Dolby website to learn more) was formed and out of all the research and hard work was the noise reduction system that we know so well as "Dolby B".
There are now literarlly billions of items that use the Dolby technology, from domestic audio players such as cassette and minidiscs to professional applications in cinema and recording studios.
Dr Ray Dolby truly changed our audio and video world. Here's a fantastic tribute to the man
If you need to transfer old audio cassettes, reel to reels or video tapes to digital formats contact us through the form below
Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world some from as far back as the 1930's.
Thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are now available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.
Lomax recorded a staggering amount of folk music. He worked from the 1930s to the '90s, and traveled from the Deep South to the mountains of West Virginia, all the way to Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. When it came time to bring all of those hours of sound into the digital era, the people in charge of the Lomax archive weren't quite sure how to tackle the problem.
The Steinway Musical Instruments has been producing piano's for over 160 years and
has recently agreed to a takeover offer that values the company at over Au$565 million.
Highlighting an upcoming technical issue
Do you use a wireless mic in your band, venue or business? There's close to 200,000 units in use in Australia so there is a strong chance that you need to use one from time to time.
We're all aware of the introduction of digital TV and the shift in channels, along with the (slow) introduction of Digital Radio (DAB). To allow that to happen there is also re-organisation of the Wireless Frequency Band for other equipment throughout Australia.
A portion of this spectrum either has or will be auctioned and made available for the use of mobile digital devices following the switch to digital TV that is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. The sale and re-use of this spectrum is known as the "digital dividend".
How will this affect you and other users that have to vacate the 694MHz to 820Mhz frequency band. Read on:
Up to 80% of current equipment (around 150,000 units) may have to be switched off from 1st Jan 2015
Over $200 million worth of equipment could be made redundant
Fines (or Jail) could be enforced for use of the equipment after 1st Jan 2015
Obviously without some information from the Federal Government there is a great deal of confusion, According to AWAG as of 9th August 2013 there have been no replies that adequately address the issue.
So what can be done in the interim?
If you are buying new equipment or need to replace current equipment, ensure that it complies with the post 1st Jan 2015 legislation.
Purchase new wireless systems that are agile ( multi-frequency ) so that they can be operated outside of the current TV bandwidth.
We would strongly recommend visiting the AWAG website for a complete run down of the situation, There are also documents explaining the work done so far in alerting the Federal Government to the matter.
Also signing this petition will give weight to the industry concerns. Not least would be gaining some financial compensation for the considerable expense that all concerned will have to go through.
More details available on the ACETA and AWAG website: Click the image below: