More than $50,000 in prizes will be awarded at this year's GMA Music in the Rockies competition and training camp, planned for August 3-9 at Estes Park, Colorado. Artists, songwriters and worship leaders are encouraged to come to GMA Music in the Rockies to be a part of the premier gathering, training camp, and competition.
And, just for signing up on the website at www.musicintherockies.com, entrants will be eligible for a chance to win an iPod and other free stuff. Early registration rates for GMA Music in the Rockies are available now with a 30 percent discount off on-site rates offered until May 27 and a 20 percent discount until June 30. There is also a special rate for bands that enter the GMA Academy National Competition.
GMA Music in the Rockies features daily classes designed for artists, songwriters and worship leaders and also offers career development and networking opportunities. One of the week’s highlights is the GMA Academy National Competition, the official GMA talent competition for unsigned artists and songwriters that has in recent years seen entrants like American Idol champion Jordin Sparks and Chris Tomlin, Matthew West and BarlowGirl go on to successful music careers.
One finalist will be named Disney’s Best of Show winner and will receive a performance slot at the "Night of Joy" event at the Walt Disney World® Resort, September 5-6, 2008 in Florida! The prize includes a vacation package for the winning artist, including accommodations at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel, airfare, Disney theme park tickets and Night of Joy tickets.
There is also a recording development deal with Centricity Music; a rising independent label with worldwide distribution through Word Distribution, up for grabs.
As well as the Centricity and Disney prizes, this year’s Academy National Competition will present grand prizes titles for: Solo 2008, Duet/Group 2008, Band 2008, Instrumental 2008 and Song of 2008 with additional prizes from the American Bible Society and Compassion International.
At night, registrants will hear Soundstage Concerts from Switchfoot's Jon Foreman, Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins, MercyMe, Mandisa, Israel & New Breed, Shane & Shane, Jaci Velasquez, Trin-i-tee 5:7, pureNRG, Chris Sligh and more.