Music Industry News Network [04-16-2014]

Springboard South Connects Artists To Deals

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Springboard South Connects Artists To Deals

GAME-CHANGING MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE POSITIONS INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FOR NEXT LEVEL SUCCESS OVER 4 DAYS, 5 STAGES & 150 ARTISTS FROM JUNE 19 - 22 AT HOUSTON’S WAREHOUSE LIVE, THE GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER & ADDITIONAL AREA VENUES

3rd Annual Springboard South To Debut “The Band Mall,” A Music Business Trade Show Designed To Connect Artists With Key Players In The Music Industry including Labels, Music Production, Management, Booking Agents, Public Relations, Promotions, Music Education, Licensing & Distribution

First Showcasing Bands Include SoulFruit (Houston, 80,000 Units Sold), Dustin Prinz (Oklahoma, 4,242,599 YouTube Views), Celeste Kellogg (Virginia, 42.4k Twitter), Big Shane (Louisiana, 22.9k Twitter) & Hazy Ray (New Orleans, 180+ Annual Performances)


(HOUSTON, TX) – The 3rd Annual Springboard South Music Festival & Conference, a game-changing event designed to position independent artists for next level success, kicks off June 19 - 22, with five stages and 150 artists at Houston’s Warehouse Live, The George R. Brown Convention Center and additional area venues. The career-building conference, which features intensive mentoring, education, showcasing and networking programs, has helped launch the careers of a wide-range of artists, including two vocalists who were featured on American Idol, and three bands who landed record deals.

This year, Springboard South also debuts “The Band Mall,” a music business trade show that connects artists with key industry players in music education, production, management, booking agents, public relations, promotion, licensing, and distribution.

The first official Springboard South showcasing bands include SoulFruit (Houston, 80,000 Units Sold), Dustin Prinz (Oklahoma, 4,242,599 YouTube Views), Celeste Kellogg (Virginia, 42.4k Twitter), Big Shane (Louisiana, 22.9k Twitter) and Hazy Ray (New Orleans, 180+ Annual Performances). For bands interested in submitting, please visit http://www.springboardsouth.com/2014-submission/

Comments Springboard South co-founder, Barry Coffing: “Our goal from the start has always been to give rising artists the resources, tools, exposure, and industry insight they need to move their careers forward. At the same time, our artists don’t get lost in a mass of performers, as is often the case with other music events. We give personalized, individual, relevant support – and the chance to play, be seen, and be heard by professionals who can help them.”

Springboard South will feature more than 200 shows from 150 artists, 30 of whom will be selected as official Springboard South artists, performing on multiple stages including the conference’s main stage at Houston’s Warehouse Live and receiving one-on-one mentoring from industry experts in areas including legal, social media, branding, media and promotions. Additionally, official Springboard South artists will receive professional broadcast quality performance footage from a high-definition, 5 camera shoot, a 24-track recording of their performance, and the opportunity to present their music to a panel of music supervisors.

There will also be the Launch Stage, which features a development slot for kids, teens and college acts.

Additional area venues and smaller stages will also be set-up for newer, start-up acts at Warehouse Live and nearby venues. Houston radio station KTSU is official sponsor of the Jazz Stage. Critically acclaimed jazz artist Dean James has been named Springboard South's first Mentor Artist.

Springboard South touches on virtually every genre including Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, EDM, Alternative, Indie, Singer/Songwriter, Hard Rock, Metal, Country, Latin, Jazz, Blues, and Gospel. The conference has emerged as an important stepping stone in the career’s of a number of artists, including:

*Jesse Roach, a singer-songwriter from Houston who is featured on Season 15 of American Idol. She is known for introducing a modern sensibility to deep South Texas blues and has been variously described as talented, sexy, passionate, and alluring by the music press.

*Love Dominique finalized a deal for her Love Sounds Media imprint with Altavoz Distribution. The singer/songwriter, who had an iTunes Top 40 EP titled “Wicked Hearts,” will distribute her forthcoming album through the company.

*Frank White (Houston independent Rap label owner/filmmaker) released a new album called “Look Ma' I’m Famous,” which has earned good reviews from critics. White, who has redefined how the world sees “southern country rap,” is currently touring in support of the album.

*Dustin Prinz released a new album, “Eleven.” He also won a $10,000 InnOvation grant from Ovation TV for his version of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues and was invited to perform at the National Association of Music Merchants 2013 trade show.

*Sophie’s “BIPP” proved to be an underground hit, making a number of year-end best lists and being named the Best Track of 2013 by XLR8R magazine.

*Sibling Rivalry appeared on the television show The Next Great Family Band in 2013 band and performed twice at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café. The brother-and-sister act also serves as the musical ambassadors for a National Anti-Bullying Campaign.

*Moose Harris performed on stage in cities such as New Orleans and Las Vegas, and released a pair of videos from his most recent project, “The Musical Centurion II.” Additionally, two of his radio shows have been syndicated in the United States, England, and Ireland.

*Onehunnidt, a two-time Houston Press award-winning hip-hop artist, was booked to perform at SXSW.

*Brothers Grymm was nominated as Best Alternative Band by Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz – Texas Buzz. The band’s first full-length CD is expected to be released in April.

*Big Shane is preparing to release his street album, “Mixed Emotions.” In the past two years he has toured and performed overseas in Kuwait, Germany, and Korea.

The Springboard South full festival line-up will be announced in the coming weeks. Please see schedule format below.

June 20
R&B
Neo-Soul
Rap/Hip Hop
R&B Dance

June 21
Country
Pop
Indie Rock
Rock
Latin
Hard Rock/Metal
EDM-DJ’s-Electronic

June 22
Jazz
Blues
Gospel
Southern Rock & Soul
Singer/Songwriter

June 19 at George R. Brown Convention Center - The Band Boot Camp

June 20 at George R. Brown Convention Center - The Band Mall

General Admission tickets for the Springboard South is $15 for a day pass and are available online at warehouselive.frontgatetickets.com.
Warehouse Live is located at 813 St Emanuel Street, Houston, Texas 77003. Phone is (713) 225-5483. For more information, please visit www.springboardsouth.com.

Media Contact: Karen Sundell - Rogers & Cowan
310/854-8167
ksundell@rogersandcowan.com

Springboard South: Barry Coffing
barry@musicsupervisor.com

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