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Disc Makers Celebrates Indie Music With Southeast Showcase

Disc Makers, the independent CD manufacturer, is kicking off the latest installment of the Independent Music World Series (IMWS), the premier music showcase 4/02/2004 7:00 AM Eastern

Disc Makers, the independent CD manufacturer, is kicking off thelatest installment of the Independent Music World Series (IMWS), thepremier music showcase series for independent musicians. The Southeastshowcase finals will take place at 3rd & Lindsley on July 22, 2004and will feature the top six acts as selected by BillboardMagazine performing for $35,000 in music gear and prizes.

Bands and artists can log onto www.discmakers.com/imws to register for the Southeastshowcase and find out more information about the IMWS.  Thecompetition is open to all musicians not currently signed to a majorrecord label and to all styles and genres of music. To be eligible forthe Southeast showcase, at least one band member must reside inAlabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, NorthCarolina, South Carolina or Tennessee.  Submissions must bepostmarked by May 20, 2004. Each artist that submits an entry willreceive a free copy of Billboard's Musician’s Guide to Touringand Promotion and Electronic Musician magazine.

A&R company TAXI will select 100 semi-finalists, and the sixperforming finalists will be hand-picked by Billboard Magazineto perform at the showcase finals at 3rd & Lindsley.

The $35,000 prize package features everything independent musiciansneed for a career boost, including a complete CD manufacturing package,post-production sweetening and promotional posters from Disc Makers, afull array of recording gear and the QS 8.2 Digital Keyboard fromAlesis, a complete set of DJ gear from Numark, professional Shuremicrophones, Fender guitars and amplifiers, a 5-piece drum kit from DWDrums, EXL110 Electric Guitar Strings and EXL170 Electric Bass Stringsfrom D’Addario, a free copy of METAJAM™ from Broadjam, Remodrumheads, a Sabian cymbal package, a one-year membership to TAXI andone year of Web hosting from CD Baby.  Additional event partnersinclude Music 123, XM Satellite Radio and Nashville Scene.

“We are delighted to again join forces with our sponsors tohelp promote indie artists in the Southeast,” says Tony van Veen,vice president of sales and marketing at Disc Makers. “Theseartists keep the music industry energized and thriving. The IMWS is oneof the ways we at Disc Makers recognize their talent and effort, andreward the artists for their hard work.”

The IMWS helps independent musicians make an impact in their localmusic communities and make connections that can help advance theircareers. Recent winners include Dallas’ Deadman (West 2004),Richmond’s Bio Ritmo (Northeast 2003), Memphis’ GambleBrothers Band (Southeast 2003) and Chicago’s Orbert Davis(Midwest 2003).

For more information on Disc Makers Independent Music World Series,visit www.discmakers.com/imws.