By Dustin Glass for LAMN.com and NARIP.com
If success in the music business means getting heard by the right people, then LAMN Jam Music Contests are just the thing. They give emerging artists the chance to perform for industry leaders and compete for an unparalleled prize package of goods and services worth over $50K.
To see and hear a band perform live makes all the difference for industry execs. As as artist manager Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group says, the big secret of the music biz is that most money is made on merchandise and live shows – the band HAS to be great live!
“LAMN Jam on steroids!”
“This year was like LAMN Jam on steroids… I’d gladly pay to see any of these artists!” says Violet Brown, VP of Artist & Label Development at Strange Music, and 3rd-time returning talent judge this year. This is especially meaningful from Brown, the Queen of Urban Music, who has helped develop and market some of top artists in the business today Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne).
Fronted by vocalist and keys player Kat Pawlak, Sad Robot delivered a super-charged performance that judges lauded as excellent, energetic and marketable. The band won the Pop/Rock title this year.
In the Urban category, Lydia Rene’s soulful voice and 3-piece powerhouse band brought down the house. Her winning performance prompted one judge, Raphaella Lima, Global Music Marketing of Partnerships & Supervision for Electronic
Arts, to ask for Lydia’s contact info before she even left the stage.
Grand Prize Package of $50K+
The prize package is everything an artist needs (and usually can’t afford). “From a financial perspective, the LAMN Jam prize package is a huge leg-up,” says Brian Shafton, 3rd time judge and RBC Records partner. It’s got everything from CD replication and mastering to A&R consultation, to marketing plans written for the winning artists by NARIP founder and LAMN Jam Executive Producer, Tess Taylor. This prize is “everything we offer in a record deal,” says Isaac Heymann, VP of A&R at Epic Records and LAMN Jam talent judge. It has the power to dramatically accelerate a career, just as it did for 2011 winners The Mowglis, who signed with Universal / Photo Finish Records shortly after their big win.
Deals, Benefits Not Just For Winners
But even before the final round, 2014 LAMN Jam participants were approached with more than ten deals (including licensing and publishing) and other exciting opportunities. SaulPaul, an urban artist and LAMN Jam finalist, was offered a music licensing deal and radio coverage, and was recruited by one talent judge who is a music producer. Young Beautiful In A Hurry in the Pop Rock category, collaborated with a competitor, Zach Jones, to create a tune that was placed on SyFy Networks hit show “Defiance.” Jones himself also received a licensing deal even before the preliminary round ended. Even LAMN Jam Talent Judges are now collaborating!
One participant commented that these successes are a result of NARIP’s emphasis on “community.”
LAMN Jam Music Contests Are Different
What makes LAMN Jam Music Contests different? Says Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman, a talent judge this year, it’s the sense of community around the event. High Voltage editor Trina Green says it’s because LAMN Jams are authentic, feature talent judges “whose opinions are actually worth their salt, and provides prizes that matter and benefit artists.”
LAMN Jam Music Contests Are Different
What makes LAMN Jam Music Contests different? Says Warped Tour Founder
Kevin Lyman, a talent judge this year, it’s the sense of community
around the event. High Voltage editor Trina Green says it’s because LAMN
Jams are authentic, feature talent judges “whose opinions are actually
worth their salt, and provides prizes that matter and benefit artists.”
LAMN JAM Photos
Feast your eyes on excellent 2014 LAMN Jam Music Contest photos by Phil
“Snook” Hatten from our preliminary, semi-final and final rounds here:
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About the Author:
Dustin Glass was born and bred in the heart of So Cal. He is a writer and publicist, who specializes in getting the word out about new talent! When he’s not doing blog outreach or developing social media profiles, you can usually find him pumping iron at the local gym. He’s even been known to jot down a poem or two.