25.07.2008: ***IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) ACCEPTING ENTRIES:***IAMA

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***IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) ACCEPTING ENTRIES

The 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is now accepting entries. IAMA promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, AirplayAccess.com, Sonicbids.com, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show and XM Satellite Radio.

IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels and with or without CD releases. Past year's winners include Charlie Dore (UK), Randy Kohrs & The Lites (USA), Craig Bickhardt (USA), etc.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada. Winning songs will be heard on radio! Winners and runner-ups will be featured on our CD compilation. Also, we feature up to 10 different artists get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month, which provides a review, ratings, CD information and more. The sooner, you enter, the sooner you get featured!

Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, Music Production and originality.
(Please note that IAMA is a different competition from USA Songwriting Competition).

All entries must be postmarked by November 10 or earlier. Ways to enter:

** For the regular entry form, please go to:

** Or enter online here to get the FREE Sonicbids subscription worth $18 here, *FREE EARLY ENTRY BONUS: First 1,000 entrants will each receive a FREE subscription to Sonicbids worth $18.00 (first 1,000 entrants, must be entered by Oct 31st or earlier, so hurry!) :

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*Ari Gold (2007 USA Songwriting Competition Grand Prize Winner) has his winning song "Where The Music Takes You" currently climbing up the Billboard Charts. It is currently a hit at #10 (on Billboard's HOT DANCE/CLUB PLAY Charts). The song hit #1 on Sirius OutQ and #1 video on Logo TV channel and won Overall Grand Prize as well as 1st Prize, Pop at the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition. The song is written by Ari Gold and Joe Hogue 'JOJOHO' & Sean Petersen. The song is sung by Ari Gold, featuring Ari Gold Featuring Sasha Allen. You can listen to this song that is climbing the charts here:

*Jordan Zevon (2006 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner, Pop) performed his winning song "The Joke's On Me" on Acoustic Cafe Radio show.

*Ari Hest (2002 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Award) was featured in the latest issue of Electronic Musician magazine (August 2008 Issue). He was signed to Columbia Records.

*Ahmir (2007 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner, R&B) hit #82 on the Billboard Charts (Hot R&B/Hip Hop Charts). They also appeared on NBC's "America's Got Talent in 2007.

*Zane Williams (2005 USA Songwriting Competition Finalist and 2nd Annual IAMA 1st Prize Winner) signed a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music.

*Steve Tannen (2001 USA Songwriting Competition Grand Prize Winner) is part of a duo "The Weepies" appeared in Billboard magazine and Performing Songwriter Magazine. He is signed to Nettwerk Records.

*Greg Tannen (2001 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Award
Winner) had his song "Vegas Baby" aired on Acoustic Cafe radio show.

*Simon Spire (2007 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Award
Winner) was signed by Sony/BMG and his album "All Or Nothing" will be released in July 2008.

*Kate Voegele (1st Prize Winner Pop, 2005 USA Songwriting Competition) is currently touring with multi-million selling Pop group "Hanson". She is currently signed to MySpace/Interscope Records, her album is out. She remains the youngest first prize winner of the USA Songwriting Competition at 18 years old at that time of her win.

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