ASC Commissions Birmingham

 

New Orleans, Chicago, New York … every great city has music written in its honor. This year, the ASC wants YOU to write a song or compose a piece of music about living in Birmingham! Your work could be one of 12 selected to be performed at an all-day music festival at the ASC on June 21, 2014. Three performers – selected by audience members and a panel of judges – will win $1,000 and studio time at UAB to record their songs. Share your talent with the world and help us celebrate the Magic City with the first annual Make Music Birmingham Day!

BEGINNING JANUARY 21, 2014

IT’S all ABOUT BIRMINGHAM. IT’S all ABOUT THE MUSIC

 

The Top 12 Finalists are... 

Chris Copeland - "Find My Way"

Joshua Vasa - "City of Steel"

India Ramey – "Rusty City" 

Raquel Lily – "Birmingham" 

Wilder Adkins – "Side By Side"

Wisdom Bibbs - "Birmingham, Alabama (Home of the Magic Land)" 

Jason Brouwer – "Magic City Mines" 

Mandi Mapes – "Birmingham" 

The Southern Lights – "Rainey Day in Birmingham" 

Eric Latham and David Bibbs – "Abracadabra (Magic City At Night)" 

A.D. Howard – "Birmingham Keeps Calling Me Home"

Bob Marston -  "Real Magic, Good People"

 

 

 

 

 

THE IMPORTANT DATES:

JAN.

21

project begins

APR.

21

submission deadline

MAY

21

finalists announced

What You Need To Know To Submit an Entry

 

   THE SPECIFICS:
  • All entries will be judged by local arts and music industry experts. 12 finalists will be selected and announced on May 21 on the ASC's Facebook Page.

 

  • Experts will work with the finalists to prepare for recording and a performance on June 21.

 

  • Each finalist will receive a $250 stipend to perform a short set – including the Birmingham song – live.

 

  • Three winners will be announced on June 21st at Local. 

 

  THE NITTY-GRITTY:
  • All genres and instruments are eligible – from classical and jazz to rap and country, and everything in between.

 

  • The song must be an original piece written about the Magic City and your experience living here.

 

  • A video of any production quality (even a smartphone) must be submitted to the Alys Stephens Center email via YouTube link. Only one per person/group. Email submissions to makemusicbham@uab.edu. The deadline for submissions is April 21.

 

  • If your song includes lyrics, please plan to submit those as well. We may also request a copy of the score.

 

 

 

LOCAL » JUNE 21

LOCAL will showcase the finalists in a FREE, all-day, outdoor event at the ASC where the three winners will be announced. 

 

The Experts:

Eric Essix

UAB Department Of Music Instructor

Essix Music Group/Essential Recordings President

 

Yotam Haber

Composer, director of MATA Festival

 

Bobby Horton

Musical historian, composer

 

Kimberly Kirklin

Director, ArtPlay

 

Scott Register

Reg’s Coffeehouse host, Birmingham Mountain Radio

 

Jessica Simpson

Owner, Artistic Endeavors, LLC. 

 

Chris Confessore

Resident Conductor, Alabama Symphony Orchestra 

 

Carla Jean Whitley

Managing Editor, Birmingham magazine

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Jeremy Denk, piano

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Jeremy Denk, piano

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