Los Angeles, California (December 8, 2010) — Expanding worldwide to allow songwriter-performers to submit videos of their original material online, The Full Ride Scholarship Competition from Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music (MI) opens to applicants today, December 8, 2010 through MI‘s partnership with Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters, the public will also have their say in the choice of scholarship winners who are eligible to receive full MI tuition and up to $10,000 in living expenses, valued at $55,000 via the Sonicbids website www.fullride.sonicbids.com.
From January 28 until February 11, 2011, anyone may vote online for favorite submissions at www.fullride.sonicbids.com. Semifinalists are drawn from the voters’ top 50 favorite entries and sent for review to MI’s faculty judging panel. Finalists will be notified on February 18, and flown to Los Angeles for a preparatory session and final competition concert in front of the judging panel at the Musicians Institute campus on February 25, 2011. MI and Sonicbids will announce the three scholarship winners on Monday, February 16, 2011. The first-prize winner receives a full scholarship to any MI Associate Degree or Certificate Program, plus $10,000 in living expenses; first runner-up receives a full scholarship to any MI Associate Degree or Certificate Program; and second runner-up receives a 50% tuition credit to any MI Associate Degree or Certificate Program.
Applicants may submit their best performance videos at fullride.sonicbids.com starting on December 8, 2010 and until submissions close on January 25, 2011. Only original material, composed by the applicant, will be accepted for the contest. Those who would like to vote on the contest entries may sign up there to receive an email reminder when the voting starts.
About Musicians Institute
Since 1977, Musicians Institute has been a world leader in contemporary music education, providing cutting-edge resources in its state of the art facilities located right in the heart of Hollywood, the capital of the world music industry. Its dynamic curriculum is current, comprehensive and compatible with the needs of students who not only desire to study music, but also build a career in the music industry with the knowledge they learn on-campus.
Sonicbids is the website the helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands. Our community includes more than 280,000 bands and 24,000 promoters and licensors from all around the world. With festivals, clubs, colleges, music licensing and much more, Sonicbids offers a diverse range of gigs for every kind of musician. In fact, last year alone, more than 71,000 gigs were booked on the site. The company was founded in 2001 by Panos Panay and continues to focus on its core mission of empowering the artistic middle class.