16-City Showcase Tour Encourages Indies While Saving Music Education In Public Schools

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Predicted to make history, July 26 is set to commence a national initiative to save music within public school districts around the United States via live entertainment and through interactive participation from audiences around the globe. The Ultimate Music Showcase is a 16 city showcase tour that brings together music of all genres, comedy and dance in preserving music for future generations, while ensuring that musicianship continues to capture histories and culture for future generations.  

Music programs in the public school systems continue to be in danger as funding withers away due to cuts in educational allowances from local and federal governments. The Ultimate Music Showcase Tour takes action in defending the need for music in early education and creating a means for funding to these schools without relying on economical allowances to do so.

Another Visionary Production will bring The Ultimate Music Showcase to Chattanooga on July 26.  

The showcase acts as a telethon that will raise funds through sponsorship opportunities and donations from audience members all over the globe. The showcase will take place at a major arena or concert hall in each city and will also be broadcasted live through U-Stream’s Pay-Per-View platform. Supporters may donate during or before each showcase but will be able to vote only during the showcase itself. It is through this voting and donation process that the showcase serves its purpose. At the end of the night, the act with the most votes will not only move on to a major competition that could win them the chance at $100,000 in the final showcase round, but they will also win their local school district the proceeds from the showcase that they participated in.

The Ultimate Music Showcase has an “Ultimate Goal” of raising up to $100,000 to leave behind for the music programs in each city visited. The Ultimate Music Showcase Tour will also film and leave behind a “Polling and Touring the City” segment to be broadcasted live during each showcase to promote positive living and interesting locations of that city, while highlighting the perks of visiting each stop on the tour.  This is an additional initiative aimed at increasing funding for public school systems over time.     

A final showdown will take place in Atlanta once all 16 cities have designated a competitor to represent that city at the 2015 Magnus Awards Ceremony. A “Gold Carpet Ceremony” will be held in honor of these acts and will be an event of honor, privilege and prestige, as celebrities, industry contacts, A&Rs and entertainment “movers and shakers” will be in attendance -- scouting out new talents and making connections for upcoming projects that seek fresh talent and faces. It is here that one act will be awarded title of “The 2015 Ultimate Performer” and win $100,000, a possible recording contract, a position as “Opening Act” for a selected national recording artist as they go on tour, A&R Spotlight, worldwide exposure and more.  

The Ultimate Music Showcase is currently accepting submissions from musicians in all genres, including: Rock, Pop, R&B, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Hip Hop and Reggae. Dance teams and comedians are also encouraged to compete.  Acts must register for a free profile on http://www.theultimatemusicshowcase.com. They are to include biographies, photos, music and videos of their brand and any performances for consideration during the prequalification process. A panel of anonymous industry judges will select qualified participants based on: overall performance, style/fashion marketability, songs/song choice and commercial radio appeal. 

Tickets are now available Online: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=1468&performance_id=1820996&language=en&country=US

The first showcase takes place in Chattanooga on July 26 at 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium at 399 McCallie Ave. Special guests will be present at this showcase, including celebrity judges -- which also includes record label execs. Some of these guests include: Carl Thomas (R&B Singer), Revelation (Rapper, Cousin of Tupac), Carey Kelly (also known as Killa Kellz, brother of R. Kelly), Makavelli Music Group/ Island Def Jam Music Group, and Mueziq Entertainment/Warner Music Group.


Free Public Concert By The Chattanooga Songwriters Association Is June 9

A free public concert presented by the Chattanooga Song Writers Association on June 9 will feature Cody Harris, Joel Harris and Katrina Barclay. It will be hosted by Emily Scott Robinson. The show will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the  Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road. 6:30 p.m.: Meet the songwriters 7 p.m.: Concert (click for more)

Harpeth Rising To Perform At Riverbend Festival

The trio Harpeth Rising will be performing in Chattanooga at the TVFCU Stage of the Riverbend Festival on June 11 at 7:30 p.m.   Review for Harpeth Rising: Since their formation in 2009, Harpeth Rising has been building a reputation by breaking down musical boundaries.  Their virtuosic instrumentals of banjo and violin mixed with cello and foot percussion create ... (click for more)

National Championship Bicycle Racing Gets Underway In Chattanooga

National championship bicycling racing got underway in Chattanooga on Saturday morning under glorious Memorial Day weekend weather. Individual Time Trial Para-Cycling began at 8 a.m. at the Volkswagen facility. Individual Time Trial Female was at 11 a.m. and for the men was at 2 p.m. The Para-Cycling road race is Sunday at Volkswagen. The female road race kicks off ... (click for more)

Flora Tydings Selected As Chattanooga State’s Next President

Flora Tydings is expected to be named the next president to lead Chattanooga State Community College pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents at a special called meeting next Wednesday. The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. CDT at the TBR System Office in Nashville. Included on the agenda is TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for Dr. Tydings to replace Interim President ... (click for more)

Shame On The Housing Authority

With Chattanooga and other cities around the nation struggling to find solutions to chronic homelessness it's cruel to evict families likely with children over a fight.   When you evict the adults you're also evicting any and all children in the household.  Intelligence would dictate looking for a root cause. Compassion would dictate looking for alternatives. Both ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Great Orthopedic Success

Mark Freeman, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Erlanger Hospital, shared a dazzling look at our area’s Level One Trauma Center Friday morning. Yet, as he described the dramatic changes that have occurred in just the past 12 months, the promise of what will happen within the next year was even more appealing. Believe this, our flagship hospital is getting well in a hurry. “If ... (click for more)