By Sophia Varoumas
Preparations have begun for the 7th Annual PHL Live! talent show. Sponsored this year by Dunkin’, musical talent from across the city of brotherly and sisterly love, are encouraged to take a chance and showcase their talent in one of 10 musical categories. PHL Live! is looking for musicians to showcase their original music, for a chance to take their musical career to the next level, and it all starts at home in Philly.
This year, for the first time there will be a People’s Choice category. The other categories include: Country/Folk, DJ,/EDM, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, Rock, World, and R&B. There is also a Gospel and Classical category where you do not have to perform original music.
Registration closes this week on September 30, and it’s free to register. All you have to do is upload a 3-5 minute performance of you and your original work to Phllive.org That means, bands, solo artists, DJs, all of you! There are 11 chances to win a thousand bucks and recording studio time to bring your music to a bigger audience.
Among the talent judges this year, is our very own That Mag publisher, Brian Cronin, who looks forward to, “seeing all the new talent of music this great city has to offer!” As well as, Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large, David Oh, who does fundraising and hosts PHL Live! “Only 300 applicants have uploaded their videos thus far, so [Philadelphians] really have a great chance to actually go home with a grand prize.” With so much untapped talent, PHL Live! is a platform to help musical citizens get bigger opportunities to accomplish their dreams.
When Councilman David Oh ran for office, one of the platforms he ran on was the economy. Through the economic development side Councilman Oh was able to create a platform where the Creative Arts economy can thrive while proving talent if given the chance to be discovered. Thereafter maintaining a career and life in Philadelphia.
Councilman Oh researched lifting Philadelphia’s music platform. What inspires him year to year is the city of Philadelphia. “My job is related to the city of Philadelphia, not New York, not LA, so as a councilman, my mission is to our city and make the city of Philadelphia a place where [we] can become who [we] want to be.” He explains “You can do it through education, through a job, through a great neighborhood, but for people to want to be somebody, [some feel they have] to leave and we want to make Philadelphia a place where it’s citizen’s stay and maintain success.”
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