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New Prize: Disc Makers’ Hit Single Package Prizes:Total Value = $1,000+ ($500+ each prize) (30 Jan 2015)

Releasing a single? Release it right with this killer package. Disc Makers is generously providing this prize to two winners at the end of each judging cycle. The artists selected are at the sole discretion of the competition organizers. Each selected artist will receive: 

100 Single-song CD-Rs with Full-Color Printing
Custom, Full-Color Printed Jackets
Single-song Mastering from Disc Makers’ SoundLAB
UPC bar code
Mega Distribution Bundle
Custom Framed Commemorative Wall Plaque
100 Download Cards to Giveaway to Fans

The musicians who receive this prize can provide the artwork for disc and jacket at no cost or can pay extra to Disc Makers’ Design Studio to prepare the designs. The musicians who receive this prize are responsible for any paying taxes and shipping costs. Entering and being honored by Global Music Awards is not a guarantee that you will be invited to participate in this prize.  LINK

Gold Medal Winner Omar Sosa to release new album, "ilé" soon (29 Jan 2015)

Since he emigrated from Cuba in 1993, Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. Omar's newest recording, ilé, marks a homecoming for the 7-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer to the Latin Jazz influences of his formative years in late '80s and early '90s Havana. During this period, Omar savored the music of Pancho Quinto, Lázaro Ross, Rubén González, Machito, Benny Moré, Ismael Rivera, Arsenio, Cachao, Lili Martinez, Peruchin, Chucho Valdés, and Irakere. Ilé means homeland in the Lucumí tradition of Cuba, derived from the Yoruba language of West Africa, and it is to the Latin Jazz roots of his native Cuba that Omar returns for inspiration on this new studio recording. 

Joining him on the project are three musicians with whom Omar shares a close connection: fellow Camagüeyanos, Ernesto Simpson on drums, and Leandro Saint-Hill on alto saxophone, flute and clarinet, and Mozambican electric electic bassist Childo Tomas - collectively known as Quarteto AfroCubano. These musicians speak the same musical language, using their Cuban and African traditions as a springboard for creative freedom. LINK

Big News: New Prize: Mentoring (28 Jan 2015)

Each time judging results are announced, one or more Global Music Award winners will be offered an the opportunity for direct, personal contact in the form of a mentoring session with a top music industry insider: record label executive, A&R official, publisher, film music supervisor, public relations or social media expert, radio executive or highly experienced artist manager. This is rare and valuable opportunity to seek advice, guidance and feedback from top echelon of industry insiders. The invitation to participate is at the sole discretion of the competition organizers. Entering and being honored by Global Music Awards is not a guarantee that you will be Invited to participate in this prize. 

Quick Social Media/Career Building Tip (27 Jan 2015)

Tom Hess who mentors musicians online to develop their professional music careers thinks a big mistake made by many musicians is not having a compelling image that is congruent with their music. Most musicians (and bands) severely underestimate the importance of their image. Yes, music is about 'music', but music business success is about a total package that includes music, image and visual stage show among other things that need to be fully developed and integrated in a congruent way. We agree! LINK 

Gold Medal winner Lori Bell will be at Croce’s in San Diego (26 Jan 2015)

Last time Lorie played at Croce’s the audience loved her. She’ll play again at Croce’s on Monday, February 16th, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. LINK 

Quick Social Media/Career Building Tip (26 Jan 2015)

Pound for pound email is still the best online marketing platform for promoting bands and their shows. A good mailing list is crucial for building a fan-base who will buy concert tickets, merchandise, patronize venues and buy beer (when age-appropriate). A list of fans cultivated for your band newsletter is more dependable than fans, follows, and likes on other platforms like Facebook, tumblr or Twitter. One method for getting people to sign up to your email list is via a sweepstakes. You can give away tickets to future shows, merchandise, or downloads of music or videos. LINK

We just received an email from Gold Medal winner Ramon Garcia i Soler (23 Jan 2015)

"(Regarding being name a Fan Favorite) I think that this could be a very important step in my career. Many people in Spain don't know a lot about the GMA, but I will try to change it. Tomorrow I will go to an interview on TV and I'm going to speak about the award and about the success with all the votes of Fan Favourite." LINK

Fan Favorites named: The vote is in (21 Jan 2015)

The fans have spoken. Global Music Awards Fan Favorites from the last round of judging are:

Anna Beatriz, Beautiful Ride, Latin jazz LINK
​Carmine Miranda, Emerging Artist - Instrumentalist - Cello, Venezuela - United States LINK
Julia Pajot (France), Pas de Deux, soundtrack for short film LINK
Malek Jandali, Emessa - Album, Composer/Pianist - Syria LINK
Ramon Garcia i Soler, Composer - Spain LINK

​Congratulation to the new fan favorites. Job well done!

Talk about a career boost from being honored by Global Music Awards (21 Jan 2015)

We recently received an email from Gold Medal winner Ramon Garcia i Soler that said, "I am very pleased to have obtained the Gold Medal in the GMA, sure it will be a big boost for me and my works. The award has been widely publicized in Spain in both traditional media and digital newspapers and social networks." Here are a few of the links to the publicity that was generated after winning Global Music Awards: LINK     LINK     LINK     LINK     LINK    

Music-News.com has issued a notice soliciting music to review (21 Jan 2015)

 Music-News.com is a leading independent content publisher featuring news, reviews, interviews, competitions, the latest releases and all the gossip from the worldwide music scene, covering a broad spectrum of genres.Having firmly established Music-News.com as one of the webs biggest independent music news sources with over 1,200,000 regular uses, their independent focus continues to grow stronger. They are seeking music to review. Direct contact:  Marco Gandolfi, marco@music-news.com

Three Creative Album Release Strategies for Artists at Any Level (21 Jan 2015)

Strategy #1: The Constant Release: This strategy isn’t an "album release" as we traditionally know it, but many musicians these days – especially those in the early stages of their careers – are putting it to good use. Instead of releasing one album once a year, shorten the cycle to just one song release once a month, every two months, or whatever you can manage. Each individual release will have its own mini-marketing plan that’s executed online with social media, your website, your email list, and your connections with bloggers and other influencers.

Strategy #2: The Secret Release: For this strategy to work, you need to have a large, engaged, and dedicated fanbase that will share the news. Without these elements in place, your secret album release could remain entirely a secret with absolutely no one knowing about it or buying it. We’ve seen many established artists pull off the secret album release strategy recently. Perhaps the most famous was Beyoncé’s self-titled album, which was released on iTunes in December of 2013 without any build-up. As the name implies, you release your album with no pre-promotion or marketing. If you want to turn it into a bit of a mystery or scavenger hunt, you could release a few cleverly hidden hints on social media.

Strategy #3: The Exclusive Preview: It’s pretty common to release a single as a preview to your album before the official release date. You can step this up a notch, however, and make that preview exclusive to help drive engagement. You can choose to make it secret by hiding it in a game or app, or hosting a secret show previewing the album to drive word-of-mouth and social media engagement. On the other end of the spectrum, you can use the album preview to drive revenue to your live show. This is a strategy that both established artists and those who are just starting out can utilize. If you’re in the early stages of your career, you can still use exclusive previews, but you may need to simplify your approach. For instance, The Wild Feathers released their album early at their live shows in the week leading up to the official release. On top of that, each album sold at their live shows included two CDs – one to keep and one to share. This strategy incentivized fans to buy tickets to the show and buy the album – that’s hitting two different revenue streams with one stone! You could work with bloggers to exclusively release your album, too. Target bloggers that write about artists at your career level.

Source: Excerpts: Dave Kusek on SonicBids Blog LINK

Management agency with ties to the Grammy, radio, and television accepting artists to represent (21 Jan 2015)

Sweet Sounds is an independent booking and management agency that prides itself on hard work and
dedication to their artist and industry. Sweet Sounds knows what it takes in this ever changing world of music and entertainment to advance their clients and their goals. Berman says "It's All About The Music". Direct contact: Ron Berman, rberman48@aim.com.FYI: Berman is CEO & Member of Grammy Committee.

The real meaning of the vinyl upswing (21 Jan 2015)

In the face of an unrelenting decline in album sales, vinyl has made a second coming of sorts. The sales of vinyl albums rose 52% bringing revenue up to 9.2 million copies (up from 6.1 million in 2013). For the seventh consecutive year, more vinyl albums were sold than any other year since Nielsen began keeping record of music sales in 1991. While this uptick has turned some heads in the industry, and not to be negative about the trend, it is still a tiny fraction of vinyl sales in the 1970-1980s. What we love about vinyl at Global Music Awards is that vinyl is hands-on and requires active listening. 

A recent email from Bronze Medal winner Olufunsho Adeshina (12 Jan 2015)

"Greetings! I would like to thank every one at GMA. The standards are nothing but GREAT, and it's a good way for us musicians to keep reaching high. We appreciate you. I gladly accept this Award/Medal. Cheers! LINK​

Progression Magazine is seeking music to review (21 Jan 2015)

Progression Magazine, the world's foremost authority on art-rock and all other sub-genres of progressive music, is seeking artists to review. Each edition of the magazine exceeds 112 pages and showcases exclusive, in-depth interviews with progressive artists. Direct contact: John Collinge via progmagazine@aol.com, or call 800-545-7371.

Big News: New Partnership with Billboard Magazine (19 Jan 2015)

Beginning with the February 07, 2015 issue we reached agreement with Billboard Magazine to feature Global Music Award winning artists on their “emerging artists” page. This is a very special opportunity for the artists we select and will provide high-level exposure to industry insiders. We will feature one of our top award winning artists about every two weeks. The first of our winning artists who to be featured is Carmine Miranda. Look for Carmine in the February 07 issue of Billboard Magazine.

Here is a comment we recently received from Silver Medal Winner, Julia Pajot (France) (15 Janc 2015)

In her email Julia said, "I have many music records agencies following me since the wins; it is cool!" LINK

At Global Music Awards, We are Charlie Hebdo (14 Jan 2015)

Musicians will not be silenced. An ensemble of over 150 string players gathered in London's Trafalgar Square to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. LINK  

Darwin's Finches Singing (14 Jan 2015)

A couple of posts back we mentioned hearing Darwin's finches singing. One wonder of the Galapagos Islands is the absence of machine noise. What one hears is the sound of the waves, barks of sea lions and songs of the finches, frigate birds, boobies, warblers, and doves. LINK 

In the Amazon: Native music of the ancestral Kichwa community of Anangu (14 Jan 2015)

While in the Amazon we listened to ancestral tribal music. Note the locally-crafted instruments. LINK

Traditional Music of the Andes (14 Jan 2015)

In the last post we mentioned traditional music of the Andes. During our travels we met musician Rodrigo Pineda of the group Samy. A warm and wonderful man. LINK 

We're Back after the Holidays (14 Jan 2015)

We're back, refreshed and ready, with your help, to shake the world of music! During the holidays Dr. Baker, CEO, Global Music Awards, traveled to Ecuador, the Amazon and Galapagos Islands. He had the pleasure of listening to traditional music of the Andes, native music of the ancestral Kichwa community of Anangu, and to the songs of Darwin's finches. Those of us at Global Music Awards hope you had joyful holidays and a happy new year.

Holiday Schedule for Global Music Awards (16 Dec 2014)

Our offices will be closed from December 17 to January 12 for a much needed vacation. We will still be accepting online entries and statuette and medallion orders but will be unable to send acknowledgment until we return to our offices. We wish you all very joyful holidays and happy new year.

Vote for Fan Favorites (17 Dec 2014)

Please vote. The artists who receive the most votes will receive the designation "Fan Favorite" at the beginning of their listing. When label A&R executives and booking agents look for talent they are most likely to look at Fan Favorites first. LINK

We just received this email from Best of Show Winner, Carmine Miranda (15 Dec 2014)

"I want to take the time to personally write to you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for this amazing award. 
As a musician all I hope is to reach people's hearts and make the world a better place. I thank you for believing in my performances and will carry this award with great pride and honor. A big thanks from me, my label Parma Recordings and everyone involved in the production of my Piatti: 12 Caprices for this great honor." Carmine Miranda. LINK 

A Holiday note from Global Music Awards Winner, Megan Makeever (14 December 2014)

“Thanks you so incredibly much for your contribution to my Nashville trip and your support of my music. … I have always marched to the beat of my own drum as an artist and realize I need to continue to do so rather than conform to the latest trend. … I hope you know how grateful I am for the support from Global Music Awards, for it has helped me launch further in my career. Megan Makeever  LINK

New book by Global Music Awards Winner, Gabriele Haefs (13 December 2014)

Gabriel Haefs has issued her latest music related book, Chinese Transvestites And Other Irish Stories, via Songdog Press. It’s an interesting collection of short stories about the Irish music scene by several writers including Global Music Award winning singer/songwriter Mick Fitzgerald. We’re taking it with us to read during the holidays. It would make an unusual and excellent book to your friends as a holiday gift. LINK 

Here is a note we recently received from Gold Medal Winner, Roger Meyers (12 Dec 2014)

Just a small note to tell you my GMA medallions arrived yesterday and look amazing! ... Congratulations on their design, it was worth all your effort! All best, Roger LINK  

Gain Exposure/Interesting Blog: Old School Record Review (12 Dec 2014)

Old School Record Review grew out of a nearly two decade long conversation about pop music had by a group of friends, who now live all across the world. This blog is meant to be a vehicle for continuing and for cataloging that sometimes silly, sometimes contentious, sometimes revelatory conversation. Old School Record Review includes content such as traditional record reviews from any era, recent or remote; top 10 lists, original music; podcasts; highly personal confessions, and whatever else they feel inclined to include. 

This is a great opportunity for pop based artists to gain exposure through the Old School Record Review audience. Submission: OldSchoolRecordReview@gmail.com

Latest Global Music Award Winners Announced (12 Dec 2014)

We are very proud to announce the latest winners. We had a strong field of submission and thank all who participated. Our Best of Show Gold Medal goes to Venezuelan/American cellist Carmine Miranda as emerging artist for Piatti: 12 Caprices for Solo Cello. Miranda is receiving rave reviews from music critics around the world. There are also many other outstanding Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal winners. You'll find all those we honored at: LINK.   

Note Sent to us by Global Music Awards Winner, Muriel Anderson (10 Dec 2014)

"I'm feeling thankful this holiday season, and would like to share that happiness with you. Nighlight Daylight won 10 national awards and was named 'Most Impressive Gift for Holiday Giving.' I'm giving away my Harp Guitar Christmas CD with orders. Also, for you guitar players, I'm giving free sheet music/tab to the beautiful El Noi De La Mare (Child of the Mother) from my Harp Guitar Christmas CD (details and links for both below). Thank you all for the wonderful reception to my CD and recent tour. Ohio is this weekend, then CA, GA, and FL. Hope to see you soon!" You can order Muriel's Nightlight Daylight album which was honored with our Gold Medal at LINK.

Global Music Awards Fan Favorite, Lia Sophia (08 Dec 2014)

Lia Sophia was recently named Fan Favorite at the Global Music Awards, which offers artists the opportunity to have their music heard around the world and provides them with a platform in which to grow in the music industry.

Lia fell in love with the Amazon style and was easily convinced to begin pursuing music as a means to support herself. Quickly, she began playing in local pubs and began to develop quite a following. When she purchased a pub of her own, that she owned for four years, she learned that she also had a special talent as a composer as well and was able to open the door for many other talents who played in her pub.

Most recently Lia Sophia has released her 4th album and has been named one of the best singers of the generation. There are 14 tracks on this album and they each feature a piece of Lia that she wants the world to hear.

Her love of music offers fans a unique look at the Amazon rhythms as well as the Caribbean and Latin roots that she has become so fond of. Her music is composed by Lia herself and there is a portion of her history and heritage that has been placed inside each one of them.

One of the best things about her music is that it was not created for the intent of being marketed. Instead, it was written by someone who truly loves music and places her heart and soul into the pieces that she creates for herself and her fans. LINK

Global Music Awards new Fan Favorite, Davide Caprelli (04 Dec 2014)

Talented and determined to succeed, Davide Caprelli’s music has captured thousands of ears and stolen just as many heart. Creating amazing music for your soul, the music composer who hails from Italy, recently won two Global Music Awards, a Bronze Medal for composition with his Senna Saw God and a Silver Medal for the soundtrack. He was also voted as a fan favorite, which solidifies that his music resonates with fans and leaves them wanting more.

With music in his heart from an early age, the 42-year-old composer perfected his craft while attending Conservatory B Maderna in Italy, earning recognition for piano and composition and choir conduction. But he also wanted to take his music career to new heights and attended jazz school. 

Thanks to his two Global Music Awards wins, Davide’s work is now reaching millions of new ears, as the awards continues to celebrate original music, unique voices and emerging artists. LINK 

The Daily Vault is Seeking Music to Review (02 Dec 2014)

The Daily Vault seeks to serve the widest possible audience, reviewing music of all genres from classical to metal, from unknown indie artists to global superstars, and from all eras. Its eclectic mix of coverage, including album reviews, concert reviews and artist interviews, attracts music fans and writers from all over the world. Contact: editor@dailyvault.com

Global Music Awards Gold Medal Winner, Hozier (Ireland), vocalist, is on the latest Billboard “Top Tracks” chart. (02 Dec 2014)

Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church, with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube. It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart. Hozier followed up Take Me to Church with the new EP From Eden, and a number of festival tour dates and television appearances in the United States. He recently released his self-titled album, HozierLINK 

Fan Favorites (02 Dec 2014)

Our web poll to decide Fan Favorites from the last round of entries received over 25,000 votes. Fan Favorites include:

Gold Medal Winner - Lia Sophia (Brazil), album, singer, Amazon sonority/pop music LINK; Gold Medal Winner - Paolo Pizzi (United States), Blue Marble of Joys and Sorrows, music video LINK; and Silver Medal Winner - Davide Caprelli (Italy), Ayrton Indimenticabile, soundtrack movie & television LINK

5 Ways to Thank the People Behind Your Musical Success during the Holidays (02 Dec 2014)

“The only people who know and understand how challenging a musician’s career is are the ones who stand directly behind them. These are the people who have supported you all along the way. There only reward may be your success. Small gestures go a long way in maintaining these relationships.”

1. Goodie Basket : “Instead of mass ordering gift baskets, choose one depending on what each person likes. There's a basket for everyone, ranging from indulgent toiletry sets to gourmet food selections. Goodie baskets are especially meaningful to those on tour with you as they likely miss the luxuries of home. Present them to people like your manager and key sound crew with a hand-written note. In your note, mention why they are an essential part of your trip and how their support is essential to you.”

2. A Weekend Trip: “Think of the number of weekends and holidays your crew has spent working with you and gift them some much needed time off. Sponsor a nearby weekend getaway for them and their family. This is a beautiful way to let them know how much you appreciate the time they put in to making you a successful artist.”

3. Stationery: “Personalized stationery is a great way to tell people how much you value them. This is a gift that will be treasured by anyone. Try some of the beautiful paper and design options from stationery studio Papyrus.”

4. Memorable Experiences: “Depending on personal preferences, you could gift the key members of your team indulgent experiences like dinner at a nice restaurant, a massage or even a hobby class they could attend with their partner. Experiencing what it would be like to be a fighter pilot for a day or riding in a hot air balloon are memorable experiences most people would not think of unless it were presented to them.”

5. Framed Pictures: “A beautifully framed picture of the two of you is a meaningful memento to gift someone. Pick a picture that encapsulates the closeness of your relationship. For team members who you are not so close to, frame a group photograph with a personalized thank you attached.”

To be able to show them you pay attention to what's going on in their lives is the best way to show them you care.

Source: Excerpts: Mackezie Carlin: LINK

Speaking of Holiday Gift Ideas: Two GMA Winners have Released new Holiday Albums (02 Dec 2014)

Best of Show Winner/Gold Medal winner Alan Williams’s new album is The Christmas Carol Collection. Williams is an award-winning composer and conductor with more than 100 motion picture and television credits. LINK

Gold Medal winner Muriel Anderson’s new holiday album is Harp Guitar Christmas. Muriel is thoughtfully is including a wooden harp guitar Christmas tree ornament tucked into the liner notes of each CD. LINK  

Quick Social Media/Career Building Tip (02 Dec 2014)

Be genuine. Fan expectations have changed. Being aloof and above your fans does not cut it. Talk about your life and what you believe in, as well as your music and career. Open yourself up, so that people can get to know you. It’s amazing (or sad?) how much interaction you can generate with your fans by posting a funny picture of your dog.

Here is a note we recently received from Global Music Awards Winner, Ruth Weber (21 Nov 2014)

"Thank you very much for your help with this! Here is the San Diego Jewish Men's Choir's blog posting. We have gotten a lot of recognition through our win with the Global Music Awards, and are so grateful for this.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sincerely, Ruth Weber- Director, The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir
Silver Medal Winners 2014"

Fried Chicken Baby Food (18 Nov 2014)

Check out Global Music Awards winner Jeremy Nathan Tisser tune, Fried Chicken Baby Food, recorded for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. It was recorded by LNJO-Late Night Jazz Orchestra, and orchestrated by our own Dave Richards for ZombieZC. LINK  

GMA winners Susan Merdinger and Steven Greene in consideration for Grammy (18 Nov 2014)

Also, listen to Global Music Awards winners Susan Merdinger and Steven Greene's beautiful music in also in consideration for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, French Fantasy and Soirée. Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel, said about Susan’s music, “She always seems to know exactly how much emotional weight to give each and every phrase. Best of all is that the quality behind her interpretations seems spontaneous and instinctive, and never fabricated.” LINK   

Experienced Label Seeking New & Classic Blues, Jazz, Country, & Rock Artists for Representation (18 Nov 2014)

SRI Label Group offers the opportunity for established artists with completed albums to be distributed and retain ownership of their masters. We also produce and distribute recordings by talented new artists. Submissions: For established artists, SRI offers partnership agreements for artists with finished albums. These recordings can be either studio or live albums. For new artists with completed albums SRI offers a royalty rate In addition to being an active record company, through SRI Entertainment, SRI produces concerts and tours. Make direct contact with industry veteran Shelly Liebowitz: shelly@srirecords.com

Ponder this: Downloading Music Is Quickly Going Out Of Fashion (18 Nov 2014)

According to the Huffington Post, “First records died, then cassette tapes, then CDs and now, downloads. That's right, we're all but officially in the age of streaming services.” LINK   

Quick Social Media/Career Building Tip (06 Nov 2014)

Your success as a musician directly relates to the quality of your music and keeping in close touch with your fan base.

Here are 4 lessons from Joan Rivers sure to aid in your music career (06 Nov 2014)

Diversify Your Music Portfolio – Joan Rivers was a comedian, television personality, Broadway performer, writer, a fashion critic, voice over artist, as well as appearing in many films. How does this pertain to you as a musician? It is simple, diversify your talents.

Success Takes Hard Work - Joan Rivers once said her greatest fear was having a day with nothing on her calendar. An entire day with nothing to do scared her to death. That is why it was not uncommon to see Rivers performing her comedy act at some hole in the wall town. It was not that she needed the money or fame, but rather she knew it would help perfect her craft.

Do Not Be Afraid To Fail - Those who have achieved success in the music industry will tell you, they have failed many times. The key is to learn from those failures, and use them as the fuel to power your future successes. In the face of every career rejection, she got up, dusted herself off, and kept fighting for what she wanted.

In The End, It Is All About Business - As a professional musician it’s always a plus to have well connected in the business. Just as important is remembering, that just because you have connections does not guarantee anything. As Joan puts it, “I have learned from my dealings with Johnny Carson that no matter what kind of friendships you think you have with people you’re working with, when the chips are down, it’s all about business.”

Source: Condensed from Music Clout

Quick Social Media/Career Building Tip (06 Nov 2014)

Capture details of fans whenever possible. If you forget to do that, you make it easy for them to forget you. Unlike social media, capturing and sending emails is a reliable way to reach and keep in touch with your fans. 

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