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Britt and South Stage Cellars partner for the third annual competition open to local musicians, which is moving to February
MEDFORD, OR — Britt and South Stage Cellars are now accepting applications for the third annual Rising Stars competition, in which local musicians compete and the public votes on their favorite. South Stage Cellars created the competition in 2012, and Britt joined the partnership in 2013. The winner will have the opportunity to perform at Britt, and play live on Jefferson Public Radio, among other prizes.
The Rising Stars competition is open to acts consisting of one–four people in jazz, folk, classical, blues, country, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, flamenco, soft rock, a capella, contemporary or original music. From those who apply, twelve acts will be selected to perform at South Stage Cellars’ Jacksonville tasting room at weekend performances, beginning February 1. Admission is free, and in the initial rounds, the public can vote for their favorite performer for $2 per vote. This year, all voting proceeds will benefit the Britt Institute’s music education programs. The final round will take place March 1 on the Britt stage, with the winner chosen by a combination of public voting and a panel of judges.
South Stage Cellars’ Director of Marketing and Events Porscha Schiller says, “I started this competition in 2012 to support and bring attention to our gifted local musicians. The winner plays on the main stage of the Britt, which is an amazing opportunity and exposure. I was also very excited to see many of the semi-finalists highlighted in newspapers, magazines, hired for several local events and again Britt supported and featured many of these performers on Britt’s Table Rock City stage. SSC/Britt Rising Stars is a vehicle to continually give exposure and showcase our local performers.”
Britt’s President and CEO Donna Briggs says, “In its third year, the 2014 Rising Star Competition returns as one of Britt’s premier community engagement programs that will benefit our education programs. We are looking forward to celebrating our local talent by showcasing performing artists from across the area.”
The Rising Stars 2014 winner will have the opportunity to perform on Britt’s main stage as an opening act in the 2014 season (pending artist approval). Jefferson Public Radio returns as a participant as well, offering a 30-minute live in-studio performance to the winner. Over the past two years, the Rising Stars competition has raised more than $20,000 for local non-profit organizations.
Artists interested in applying to Rising Stars 2014 can start their application by sending a music link and photo to Porscha Schiller at email@example.com or by messaging South Stage Cellars on Facebook. Application forms can be downloaded here or can be picked up at South Stage Cellars’ tasting room in Jacksonville. Contest rules can be downloaded here. There is no entry fee. The application deadline is November 15, and the 12 finalists will be announced in mid-December.
About South Stage Cellars:
Situated in a beautiful 1865 building in the heart of historic Jacksonville, South Stage Cellars is Oregon’s only vineyard-based wine garden & tasting room. South Stage Cellars showcases world-class Cabernets, Pinots, and Syrahs, as well an intriguing array of fine white blends — all made exclusively from their Quail Run Vineyards fruit, handcrafted by Oregon winemakers.
Britt Festivals invites audiences and artists to celebrate the joy of live performance, the power of community and the magic of the Britt Experience. Through ongoing education and audience development programs, Britt connects audiences to the inspirational power of classical music, and helps new generations of listeners discover the wonder of music and performance. In addition to presenting concerts, Britt Festivals maintains an education program through the Britt Institute. Established in 1985, the Britt Institute hosts a variety of programs including summer camps, workshops, elementary school activities, lectures and “meet the artist” opportunities.