he annual event that has helped showcase artists, including Keane, Razorlight, Amy Winehouse, Newton Faulkner, Natty, Hot Chip, Scouting for Girls, Sway, Seth Lakeman, N-Dubz, Lady Sovereign and Ray LaMontagne, garnering them all a huge amount of both industry and media attention is launching its biggest ever search for this yearĻs stars.
The 2009 London based three day music event promises to be the best yet and this credible event is determined to maintain its high standards in showcasing the cream of the crop.
This year will see the event bought forward to the new dates of May 7-9 and event organiser Nanette Rigg says ďWe are more excited by this yearís event than ever before. We believe that often in hard times the best music is written and this year we are more optimistic than ever about sourcing some amazing new talent.
"We have also expanded our creative team further and recruited seasoned music industry entrepreneur Seven Webster from 7pm management to assist in our quest for finding the best new talent. Having launched over 40 top 40 artists careers from Sasha and Digweed to Dido, McQueen and Mason and managing across the spectrum of music we are pleased to have added someone to our team that is genuinely excited by new talent as we are."
This event will, as before, provide public exposure, advice and mentoring, plus the crucial contacts that aspiring talent needs, and will culminate in a series of live events in venues in London's West End (giving musicians the opportunity to perform in West End stores and legendary venues such as the Borderline).
The event will also host a series of workshops and seminars at The Apple Store, Regent Street, bringing together aspiring talent along with the most influential figures in what is a much reshaped and refreshingly vibrant new music industry.
City Showcase covers all types of music from classical to pop, from rock to urban. And all types of performerís from bands to singer songwriters, from solo artists to DJ's.
Any artists that want to showcase their work should send a cd demo with a MySpace link or weblink, a brief biography and a photo to City Showcase, PO Box 2212, RH20 2XJ. Clearly mark your envelope as a City Showcase application.
Alternatively musicians may apply through sonicbids.com/cityshowcase.City Showcase submissions through Sonicbids are open to ALL artists, though there is one tour slot exclusively reserved for North American artists selected with a travel contribution for the selected applicants.
Deadline for applications is 21 March 2009
City Showcase Quotes: ďIt's hard to get anywhere as a band, and the City Showcase gig we played at the Islington Academy in February 2003 was a great opportunity for us to play on a bigger stage than we were used to. At that time we didn't have a record deal, so knowing there was no hope of tour support(!), every decent gig we were offered was a godsend and helped make us a better band.Ē Keane
"There are plenty of festivals that devote themselves to showcasing emerging artists, musicians and performers. But there are few with the track record of City Showcase." Metro 2006.