New Music Seminar Announces the Artist on the Verge 2010 Summer Project Finalists: Comic Book Heroes, Hotspur & Yonas

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Comic Book Heroes, Hotspur and Yonas Set to Perform Live at NMS Artist on the Verge Party, Tuesday, July 20th at Santos Party House, NYC. Hosted by Matt Pinfield & Leslie Fram from WRXP Radio’s “The Rock Show."NMS Reflection Award Grand Prize Winner Presented by Mountain Dew and Doritos to be Announced at NMS on Wednesday, July 21st. Winners to Receive Over $75,000 in Prizes.

Catch Me if You Can

New Music Seminar (NMS), the “future of music” conference coming to NYC on July 19 – 21, announces the NMS Artist on the Verge (powered by OurStage) 2010 Summer Project finalists: Comic Book Heroes, Hotspur and Yonas.

All three finalists will perform live at the NMS Artist on the Verge Party at Santos Party House on Tuesday, July 20th in New York City. The Grand Prize Winner will receive the NMS Reflection Award Presented by Mountain Dew and Doritos, an award worth over $50,000 in prizes, at NMS on Wednesday, July 21st.

Hosting the night will be music personalities Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram, from New York’s newest rock station, WRXP’s “The Rock Show.”

The three NMS Artist on the Verge Project finalists were chosen from more than 600 acts that were submitted and voted on by the NMS Music Committee, with the help of the OurStage.com fan community. All artists were selected with the input of NMS’s partners—as well as tastemakers, music bloggers and key industry executives—to determine the best artist with the greatest chance of success to break nationally. Criteria are based on music sales, touring history, merchandise sales, media (both online and in print) and other factors as determined by the NMS Music Committee.

Comic Book Heroes, a classic rock band, hails from Philadelphia and started working together as a band by age 11. They recently won the NASCAR 2010 National Promo Campaign, were named by Disney as “The Next Big Thing,” have sold over 160,000 downloads of their single “Catch Me if You Can,” received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olam Scholarship this past June and are the #1 ranked artist in OurStage Rock. http://www.ourstage.com/profile/comicbookheroes.

Hotspur, a rock/pop band from Maryland who headline shows across the Northeast, were bestowed by MTV as “Buzzworthy,” won a national MTVU fan vote in 2009, and can be heard across numerous MTV shows regularly. They are also a "Best of OurStage Rock" charting artist, and part of Taco Bell’s “Feed the Beat” program along with All-American Rejects. http://www.ourstage.com/profile/hotspur

Yonas, aka CAUSE, is a Bronx, NY hip-hop artist and rapper who recently earned Billboard Magazine’s #1 Rap/Hip Hop Songwriting Award. He has performed alongside everyone from Pharoahe Monch and Wyclef to Jurassic 5 and DJ Envy and recently won OurStage’s "Roc The Mic" contest with Bow Wow. He was also nominated by the Independent Music Awards as the best Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year in 2009. http://www.ourstage.com/profile/yonas

Artist on the Verge Party @ Santos Party House – Tuesday, July 20th, NYC
8:00 pm: doors open
9:00 pm: Yonas
9:30 pm: Comic Book Heroes
10:00 pm: Hotspur
10:30 pm: DJ Chris Landry

In order to qualify for the NMS Artist on the Verge Project, the artists met the NMS contest criteria of never having been on a major or major independent label, and reside in the United States. These artists must be selling concert tickets, music and merchandise in multiple markets, and have a real buzz both off and online, with media coverage and other factors determining if they qualify by the NMS Music Committee.

For more information and project details, go to: http://www.ourstage.com/go/artistontheverge     

To see the full program and to register to attend the New Music Seminar, please go to http://www.NewMusicSeminar.com

About The New Music Seminar
From the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference for the Next Music Business. Artists have never had so much power to control their own careers and build their success. This affordable, future of music conference provides artists and their representatives the knowledge, tools and connections to step into tomorrow’s music business today. Delegates get an intense program, including a keynote speech and five Movements, with an incisive curriculum redefining the music business from the artists’ perspective. Delegates all receive the New Music Business Guidebook filled with important do’s and don’ts by the experts, plus tips, information, forms and essential websites and blogs. The NMS Schmoozatorium will have important exhibits by companies to help artists with their careers and amazing networking opportunities.

The New Music Seminar is made possible by partnerships with leaders and innovators including: Diamond Sponsors: Mountain Dew, Doritos. Platinum Sponsors: Gibson, NARAS, HipDigital, The Aquarian. Gold Sponsors: A2IM, Bandzoogle, Digital Music News, Discmakers, Eventric, Filter, Fuzztopia, Hypebot, Jakprints, Limelight, Mirror NYC, MusicDish, Next Big Sound, Nimbit, Ourstage, PRWeb, ReverbNation, RocketHub, Sabian, Section 101, Sennheiser, SESAC, SoundExchange, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, Yamaha. Silver Sponsors: Aderra, Grooveshark, Jambase, RockShrink, Ross-Ellis.

Find out more at http://www.newmusicseminar.com/partners.

About OurStage
OurStage is an online music destination unlike any other. It’s a meeting space for music lovers, and the place where tomorrow’s stars get discovered. Artists, fans and the entire industry come together here to celebrate and influence new music. Undiscovered artists submit their tracks to monthly music channels, fans rank their material, and industry professionals keep tabs on who’s rising through the charts, rewarding the best of the best with priceless opportunities. Fans and artists are eligible for monthly prizes and life-altering prospects for success, made possible through OurStage’s partnerships with media giants such as MTV; key radio conglomerates like Citadel Media and Radio-One; leading Web outlets like AOL Music; and major music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Noise Pop and CMJ. Founded in 2007, OurStage delivers music and editorial coverage to over 4 million monthly visitors from more than 170 countries, as well as development tools to more than 120,000 artists. For more information on the world’s most authentic online music community, visit http://www.ourstage.com.

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