The Urban Music Association of Canada is presenting an opportunity during the Kuumba Festival at Harbourfront Centre (a celebration of Black History Month), for new artists to showcase at the Brigantine Room under the theme of consciousness is hip hop and spoken word. View the complete Kuumba programming at: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/kuumba
Here is a breakdown of the initiative…
UX: SoWhatChuSayin’? is a multi-platform event focused on Hip Hop and Spoken Word being actively used as art forms for social change. It’s a day where consciousness in rap music and spoken word gets rewarded! Literally!!!
UX: SoWhatChuSayin’? will be comprised of an artist showcase / contest, awarding the most talented conscious wordsmiths and raptivist rhymers who can perform the best positive lyrical expressions with swag. Lending to the excitement is a cash prize, which will be divided between the top 3 finalists. There will be also be an open infotainment forum in The Round that features organizations who marry art with commerce and activism. Youth will have an opportunity to get involved with various organizations across the city. Event highlights will be broadcast live-to-air on the Mixtape Massacre Show on CKLN 88.1 FM. The entrance fee is $5 for non-UMAC members; free for current UMAC members.
To audition as a performer for UX: SoWhatChuSayin’?, simply send in one socially conscious mp3, a short 100-word bio, a head shot and your contact information, as well as $25 for solo artists and $50 for groups who are current UMAC members or $35 for solo artists and $65 for groups who are non-UMAC members.
Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be made by PayPal and online banking Interac only. For those who absolutely need to send hard copy submissions, inclusive of applicable payment via money order can do so at UMAC, 675 King Street West, Suite 210, Toronto, M5V 1M9.
Call for submissions ends Sunday January 17th at 11:59pm.
UX: SoWhatChuSayin’? takes place on Saturday February 13th, 2010 at 2pm inside The Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.