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Music for Changing Times: National Songwriting Competition and Top Ten Awards Ceremony
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$20.00
The Top 10 Finalists in our National Songwriting Competition, ages 18-38, will perform their winning songs for audiences and a panel of esteemed music professionals, including music agent Ira Goldenring from Paradigm; Grammy nominee Perla Batalla (Leonard Cohen); Tariqh (music director for Josh Groban and Stevie Wonder), five-time Grammy Award-winner Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary; and Grammy nominated Scottish composer Dave Gibson (#1 album in U.K. in 2016 and hit U.S. single “Speak to a Girl” debuted on recent CMA Awards by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw). All awards except the Audience Choice Award will have been decided prior to the evening and announced during the awards presentation. Other judges who will review and score submissions include Music Manager Mark Hartley of Fitzgerald Hartley, Tony Award-winner and Music Manager Normand Kurtz (Christina Aguilera, David Bowie and Rupert Holmes), Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award-winner George Grove of The Kingston Trio, Tony nominee and Ventura native Dan Wheetman (It Aint’ Nothin’ But the Blues/Marley’s Ghost), Nuvi Mehta (Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival and Director of Special Projects for San Diego Symphony). Each Top 10 artist receives comments from the judges. At the end of the evening, awards totaling $11,000 in cash will be presented, along with performance opportunities and other types of support. Wind-down after the concert and meet the artists for open mic night in our “pub.”