Web TV portal and
Music Nation partner to offer exposure to emerging young artists.
By Blurt Staff
Babelgum, the free, independent Web TV platform today announced the launch
of its brand new “Babelgum Music Video Awards” TM, in partnership with Music
Nation. Following the success of the Babelgum Online Film Festival, which
showcased the work of gifted independent filmmakers, Babelgum has now created a
special contest focusing solely on music videos.
The Web TV company has launched this new competition to seek out and reward
talented musicians and video directors, with a focus on indie artists. Once
again, the audience vote will be crucial in picking the finalists, together
with the professional jury consisting of Michel Gondry, David Ford and
additional celebrity judges soon to be announced.
The competition offers bands the chance to win one of three prizes:
• The Grand Prize, a record development deal with Universal Music UK, will go to
the final winner selected by the professional jury, announced on February 6th
• The “Performance Award”, an opening slot at a gig at one of MAMA Group’s live
music venues, for the band with the most audience votes at the end of voting
January 27th 2009;
• The “Mobile Award”, promotion in a
Babelgum application for mobile devices, will go to the 40 semi-finalists.
Submissions are open now through the 16th November. Screening and voting will
start on 17th November on the Babelgum TV platform, and will continue for
around 2 months.
Babelgum CEO Valerio Zingarelli commented “This is a great opportunity for
young musicians and video makers to expand their audience and find a new route
into the industry. Today’s web users can’t get enough of new, non-mainstream
music acts, so the Internet is an excellent place to present strong musical
talent and an original vision to a vast audience. Building on the success of
the Babelgum Online Film Festival, Babelgum is keen to expose new artists and
help them overcome the obstacles of a system that’s still controlled by the