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Gateway Macon Launches Latest Competition – Macon Music

Macon MusicMACON, GA (06/14/2011) - Gateway Macon’s latest high profile, attention-grabbing contest, aptly entitled Macon Music, was introduced today at the Douglass Theatre on the same historic stage where Otis Redding launched his legendary career.  “Macon is looking for the next generation super star to call its own,” said Executive Director, Beth Dunwody.  "The Gateway Initiative developed the new musical competition to create more buzz and to enhance the public awareness of Macon’s rich musical heritage." 

Macon Music’s $25,000 total prize package is an investment in Macon’s economic future and a catalyst for attracting top talent. According to a 2011 study conducted by B. William Riall, Ph.D., the estimated economic impact of the music industry in Georgia is $3.7 billion annually.  Additionally, the study credits the industry with creating 19,955 jobs and generating more than $313 million in tax revenues for state and local governments.

The Macon Music contest winner will receive studio time to record a three song EP (extended play mini-album).  Two-time Grammy-nominated Macon resident and percussionist, Steve Moretti, will produce the project.  The grand prize package includes a hi-definition music video, an array of promotional tools, and a CD release party at the Grand Opera House.

Macon Music is phase two of an integrated marketing campaign that was strategically planned to highlight Macon’s musical assets.  As its inaugural project last fall, Gateway Macon commissioned an original song and produced a music video to showcase the city’s assets.  Rolling Stones rocker Chuck Leavell, international violinist Robert McDuffie, rapper Sonny Spoon, Grammy-nominated drummer Steve Moretti, guitar virtuoso Peter Stroud, and singer/songwriter Tony Reyes collaborated to develop “A Little More Soul.”  In the span of nine months, the song and video have garnered global viewership and a bevy of national accolades including multiple TELLY and ADDY awards.  The same award-winning sound, design and production team will judge, produce and develop the Macon Music prize package.

Macon’s musical legacy is the single most recognizable attribute associated with the community.  Macon is the birthplace of southern rock and the Allman Brothers, Sea Level, Wet Willie and Marshall Tucker.  Hip Hop artist Sonny Spoon and Grammy-winning country singer, Jason Aldean, call Macon home, too.  Alternative bands play original music in clubs and songwriters perform in parks, galleries and theatres.  The Macon Symphony Orchestra has presented a master series in the Grand Opera House for over 30 years.  The New York Metropolitan Opera is now simulcast in high definition at the historic Douglass Theatre where Otis Redding, Little Richard, James Brown, and Lena Horne performed live.

The beat goes on.  The Douglass Theatre 90th anniversary celebration begins in July.  In September, the world will join Macon in an "Evening of Respect" to commemorate what would have been the 70th birthday of Otis Redding.  In November we invite you and music lovers around the globe to watch as Macon’s musical legacy continues.