Perform at Yamaha NAMM 2019
The 9 Winners will be flown to Los Angeles for the 2019 NAMM Show and represent Yamaha as Clinicians for 4 days at NAMM 2019. Prize Package includes travel, lodging, food/per diem, ground transportation and NAMM passes. During the day, winners would be at the Yamaha booth to perform & demo. One of the nights, the winners will perform with Lee at a live Yamaha event.
Berklee College of Music will offer Winners 4 Scholarships including 1 full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, 1 Advanced Professional Certificate from Berklee Online and 2 Online Courses from Berklee Online. *see Rules for criteria, eligibility and further details.
Peform at Blue Note Tokyo
The 9 Winners will be flown to Tokyo and perform for one night with Lee Ritenour at the legendary Blue Note Tokyo. Prize package includes international travel, ground transportation, hotel accommodations for 3 nights and per diem. This concert will be in summer or fall, 2018 TBA.
Perform at Festival da Jazz
St. Moritz, Switzerland
The 9 Winners will be flown to St. Moritz, Switzerland to perform at the St. Moritz Jazz Festival. This prize package includes international travel, ground transportation, hotel accommodations for 4 nights. This event will be sometime in mid-July to early August 2018 TBA.
Record with Lee Ritenour at Woodshed Recording Studio
While in LA for NAMM 2019 in January, the winners will record a track with Lee Ritenour at the beautiful Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu, California. Prize package includes travel, lodging, ground transport and food/per diem.
Perform Live at LA Showcase Gig
Winners will be flown to LA and provided lodging, ground transportation in January 2019 and will perform together at a renowned club in LA.
One Guitar Winner will get a Helix and the other 5 Guitarists plus the Piano, Bass and Drum winners will each receive 1 Amplify 76 and 1 Sonic Port VX.
Crown Guitar Festival & Workshop Master Class
One guitar winner (selected by Lee and COC) wins a full fellowship to the Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival which includes travel, lodging, food, ground transportation and all classes, performances, etc. The guitar winner will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, teaching & performances. Scheduled for the last week of August 2018.
One Guitar Winner gets 50 sets of strings, 3 accessories of their choice, 1 string wonder and a cinch bag. The other 5 Guitar Winners and Bass Winner get 30 sets of strings, 1 accessory of choice, 1 string wonder and a cinch bag. The Drum Winner will get 6 drum heads of their choice, 6 pairs of sticks of their choice, 1 drum key and 1 stick bag. The Piano Winner will get 3 accessories of choice (cables, manuscript paper, metronomes, etc.), 1 tote bag and 1 mug.
Pedals for 6 Guitar Winners: Acoustic /Country Guitar Winner: RC Booster. Jazz/Fusion Guitar Winner: SP Compressor. Rhythm/Accompaniment Guitar Winner: SL Drive. Rock/Metal Guitar Winner: BB Pre. Blues Guitar Winner: AC Booster. Classical Guitar Winner: EP Booster
HOW TO SIGN UP
Applicants must be 16 years or older. For registration, you will need to provide 2 YouTube video links (5 min maximum per video). Registration is $35 and you will have to option to pay by Paypal or credit/debit card. Registration closes May 31, 2018. Winners announced June 12, 2018.
Applicants may use backing tracks. You may also use commercially available tracks, but we prefer tracks created by you and/or other musicians to demonstrate your originality and style. It is recommended that one of the two videos submitted be a live performance with other musicians in any setting i.e.-club/concert, studio, rehearsal, etc.
Applicants must be considered “Non-Professional Musicians” which are defined as not having your full time financial income from music-related work (for example, you could teach a few classes and play a few gigs, etc)
An applicant may register in more than one of the 4 instruments (guitar, piano, bass, drums), but each instrument would need a separate registration form and a separate email address. Guitar applicants may also register in more than one genre but each would require a separate registration, email address and video submissions.
If you’ve registered for the competition in a previous year, and even placed as a finalist, you may register again. Previous grand prize winners and guitar category winners may not re-apply.
Our panel of esteemed, professional judges will evaluate the videos and determine the six 6 guitar winners (1 in each music genre) 1 piano, 1 bass and 1 drums. The Winners will be announced June 12, 2018. Winners will be traveling for performances and recording end of July, early August 2018, November 2018 and in January 2019.
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