Councilman David Oh held a press conference in City Hall to announce the grand prize and category prizes for PHL LIVE Center Stage, his exciting new music initiative that provides local musicians with a real opportunity to gain recognition and success.
First Deputy Commissioner Susan Slawson, Dept. of Parks & Recreation, announced the grand prize for all 11 category winners is a concert at the Dell Music Center, which seats 6,000, in which the PHL LIVE winners will share the stage with a world-class headliner. In addition, select winners will open for headliners at the Dell.
Chief Cultural Officer Helen Haynes stated the Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy will use a portion of an arts grant to provide the winners with $500 each in prize money. Adding that to the corporate contributions already raised by Councilman Oh, the total prize money each winner will receive is now $1,000. In addition, each category winner will receive additional prizes including studio recording time, music video, expert consultation and photography.
The Councilman created PHL LIVE Center Stage to focus on Philadelphia’s rich music talent and history as a way of further developing the creative and innovative economy. The initiative is a citywide effort that is volunteer-based and relies on private donations.
It has drawn overwhelming and passionate support from some of our city’s top music-industry professionals, including two-time Grammy Award winner Carvin Haggins, Grammy Award winner DJ Joe Logic, two-time Grammy Award winner Dai Miyazaki, Lady B of 100.3, Brother Marcus of Praise 103.9, Bennet of Wired 96.5, Bex of Wired 96.5, Mark Razz of 92.5Xtu, Shelly Easton of 92.5Xtu, E. Ness, Chill Moody, GoGo Morrow, Roberto Diaz (president and CEO of Curtis Institute of Music), Grammy Award nominee Aaron Camper, Wendy Rollins of 104.5, Daniel Han (first violin, Philadelphia Orchestra), Jeri Lynne Johnson (founder of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), DJ Greg Nitty of Hot 107.9, Pastor Alyn Waller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, John Vettesse of WXPN and many other stars.
Jim Stephens, a jazz musician and founder of the nonprofit ER3, is an organizer along with Stephanie Seiple, co-founder of TriState Indie Music, Jodie Saueraker of Exponent Entertainment, Brad Dennenberg of Seed Philly, Homer Jackson of the Philadelphia Jazz Project and others.
Talented and enthusiastic musicians have begun registering at PHLlive.org. It’s free. There are 10 music categories to choose from. Musicians simply submit a video of themselves performing to the website. It’s easy and anyone can do it.
Submissions close on Sep. 30. Up to five finalists are selected by the judges and invited to perform live at some of Philadelphia’s top venues such as World Café Live, Hard Rock Café, Underground Arts, Time, Relish and Silk City.
The awards show will be held at the Trocadero Theater on Dec. 5.