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Written by Ms Shane Thompson   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:09
Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Neon Trees, Iggy Pop, Ryan Bingham, Eve, Carly Simon, Hunter Hayes, and Many More Round Out Judging Panel

November 29, 2012 - Unsigned Only Music Competition today announced its judging panel for the 2013 competition, which is now accepting entries. The panel of judges consists of the top echelon of recording artists and music journalists, representing the ten categories of popular music covered by the competition.

Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan noted, "We are gearing up for another great year of Unsigned Only with even more judges, bigger cash prizes, and another great opportunity to bridge the gap between unsigned artists and the music industry executives who could potentially influence and elevate their careers."

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. Entries are being accepted now until March 14, 2013. Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, Teen, and Vocal Performance.

Launched in 2011 by the founders of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Not only does it offer great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals, but it also takes it a step further and offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an artist to directly network with the highest level of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

2012 Grand Prize winner Lara Johnston states, "being the Grand Prize winner of Unsigned Only has been a definite high point of my career thus far. The mentoring opportunities provided by Unsigned Only are nothing short of incredible: I've had in-depth conversations and meetings with the uppermost gatekeepers and leaders of the music industry. Since winning Unsigned Only, I've garnered invaluable advice from a rich variety of perspectives, and I've had the chance to start relationships with people who can truly help me in my career. I'm excited to see where this all takes me and I would urge any aspiring artist to enter this year's competition - you never know, you might be the next Grand Prize winner!"

The judging panel is comprised of an impressive group of recording artists and top-level music journalists. They include: Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders); Cyndi Lauper; Iggy Pop; Carly Simon; John Oates (Hall & Oates); Eve; 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; Brandi Carlile; Hunter Hayes; Manchester Orchestra; Black Francis (The Pixies); Ryan Bingham; Faith Evans; David Crowder; Craig Morgan; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; Wynonna; Aaron Shust; Kirko Bangz; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Vanessa Satten (Editor-In-Chief, XXL Magazine); Christopher Weingarten (Senior Editor, Spin); and Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post).

The panel of mentors who have signed on to participate is equally impressive. Included are: Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic Records); Pete Ganbarg (Executive VP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Shawn Holiday (Senior VP of A&R, RCA Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Label Group); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Allison B. Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Lisa Ramsey-Perkins (Senior Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); and more to be announced.

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance and Teen categories, which allow original or cover songs.

D'Addario, The Music Business Registry and Mrs. Fields Cookies

For more information, please contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For entry and general information, please go to


Quad City Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCWE Publicity   
Monday, 03 December 2012 11:07

Chili and Celli PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 30 November 2012 15:49

Start your weekend with a warm bowl of chili and a room full of celli. Tonight, November 30 at 5:00 p.m., cellists from around the Quad Cities will be gathering at the RME, along with guest principal cellist Nathaniel Yaffe of the Minnesota Orchestra, Conductor Mark Russell Smith, and other members of the QCSO cello section for a chili dinner and cello performance.


Chili will be available at 5:00 p.m., with the music beginning at 5:30. This event is free to the public and everyone is invited. Cellists, bring your instrument and a music stand.


The chili will be provided by Volunteers for Symphony and drinks will be for sale at the RME Café. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Rebecca Swartz, Education and Youth Ensemble Coordinator, at 563.322.0931.

12 Gifts of Christmas! Show Cancelled PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:35


The 12 Gifts of Christmas show originally scheduled for Friday, November 30 has been cancelled.

Here is what TicketMaster and the I Wireless Center is directing you to do to get refunds on your tickets:

Refunds are available to ticketholders at their original point of purchase.

Patrons who purchased their tickets via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone or online via will automatically receive a refund.

Tickets sold at the I Wireless Center box office need to be refunded at the box office.

Tickets bought at TicketMaster outlets, such as stores, need to be refunded at those same points of sale.

Please note:

Prior to tickets being made available at the I Wireless Center box office or through TicketMaster, tickets were sold through from the 12 Gifts of Christmas event website.

Those of you who purchased tickets through, (not TicketMaster,) here’s what you need to know:

If you call at 800-965-9324 for refund information, they will tell you that you need to contact Birchfalls, the show owners, directly in order to arrange a refund. says that they cannot refund your tickets, but that you have to go to the show owners, Birchfalls, who now have your ticket money.

Birchfalls is 866-440-7880 Monday –Thursday from 9:00 – 5:00 pm CST. Right now, you can only leave a voice mail. Obviously, they are having a busy day.

So your contact will still be 866-440-7880 to get your refunds if you bought through the show website/


New Anthem will send out any additional information to help you as we find out more.

December 21st. 2012. The River City Radio Hour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:10

The next show ..the 3rd. Friday of the month.. Coincides with
*The beginning of the Golden Era according to the Mayan Calendar and the ending of an era.
* The 100 year anniversary of the Moline Commercial Club building
* The Winter Solstice
* Friday ... The day for Shakti: Feminine Power !

Every month we have a different meal from a different country. Next meal is from Germany !!!

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