Thursday, April 26, 2012

Song Submission Contest

I am not a fan of song contests but sometimes it can't hurt to compete right?  That being said, I was on twitter and saw that MIDEM posted a Song Submission Contest for their promotional trailers and immediately felt like this would be fun and worth it.  For those of you reading this that have never heard of MIDEM: MIDEM is the acronym for Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale which is held been annually in and around the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in CannesFrance. The event, which is billed as the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, has been held since 1967. Several thousand musicians, producers, managers, and journalists from around the globe regularly attend the event, which is currently held at the end of January.(  The contest has the following guidelines and benefits:

What we are looking for?

  • An original creation – doesn’t matter if it’s acoustic or electronic, instrumental or vocal
  • Music with a dynamic, cool & joyful sound
  • An audio track to act as the keystone for midem’s sound strategy in our corporate communications and mainstream marketing


  • Access global audience of senior music executives, brands, advertising agencies, artists, and more
  • Receive two free registrations to midem 2013
  • Get a free one-year SoundCloud Pro account (worth ~€ 250).
  • Gain massive visibility in midem marketing channels (including our newsletter, midemblog, social media, and more)
  • Your name and copyright will be included at the end of each trailer

Monday, April 23, 2012

Summer, Summertime...

The semester is almost over and people are already making plans for fun in the sun!  Seeing how I have lived my whole life in the Tri-state area and have never won the lottery, I have learned to surf the cityscape of New York City with power of frugality!  Unfortunately for you guys the days of being able to make it from Newark to New York with five dollars to cover transportation and food are over.  There was a time when roundtrip on the PATH train was a total of two dollars, but that was a different era.  In the summer there are a ton of FREE events that are fun and exciting!
Most of the NYC parks have their own concert series that are totally free with very few exceptions.  The granddaddy of them all is Central Park Summer Stage that is located by the bandshell near Columbus Circle, the exception here is usually a top tier concert where you can buy tickets.  The free shows at Central Park Summer Stage are strictly first come first serve and are usually crowded.  I personally have watched Chester French, Raphael Saadiq, Gil Scott-Heron, Q-tip, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and plenty more.  New York City also does movie screenings outside in the park, the mainstay here is usually Monday nights, HBO Presents: Movies after Dark and I'm pretty sure one of the parks down in Battery Park City also show movies after dark on specified days.  For those of you who live in the North Jersey area or within reasonable distance to New York City should keep your eyes and ears open for free and interesting events and I will include a link to get you started, enjoy!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Opportunities sprout up in all forms and in the most unlikely places, which brings me to the reason for today's post. My mother, who is a big supporter of green living and organic eating, sent me an email that contains an opportunity that anyone in the Creative Arts and Technology department could partake. I plan to donate my time for this project and I encourage others to do the same! Below is what was contained in the email for your opportunistic dining:

We’re working long hours everyday on our feature length documentary, which exposes more evidence of GMO health dangers than ever before. The timing is just right. California will have a labeling measure on the November ballot, and voters need a big dose of hard-hitting facts that will inspire them to avoid GMOs, not just label them.

For greatest impact, we’re beefing up our visuals and sound, and can use your help. Our wish list includes people with skills in:

  • Motion graphics
  • Animation
  • Visual effects
  • Sound engineering
  • Sound track production
  • Theatrical trailer editing
  • Camera work (for shooting additional “B-roll”)
  • Translation (lots of languages for global distribution)
  • Filmmaking/editing (To use the footage to produce trailers, short pieces, PSAs, and TV commercials)
We also need researchers to search the web for script-related images, footage, articles, etc.

While we have some funds due to the generous donations and matching grant from Mike Adams of (thank you all so much), we certainly prefer donated services, so we can stretch our budget for maximum promotion and distribution.

We will not be releasing the film in April as originally targeted, since the project has grown way beyond what we were first planning. This is big. Very big.

Send inquiries to

You can also support this important work by donating to the film today.

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Staff at IRT