Music Competition 2021

by THE ARTISTS FORUM

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THE ARTISTS FORUM is proud to announce the 18 finalists for its INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION, featuring works that best highlight our 2021 Competition Theme – (The) Politics of Emotion.

The Finalists are (in no particular order):

Terry Blade – Black Hurts (US)
Serina Aramaki – Elohim’s Theme (Japan)
Fredi Walker-Brown – It Took a Law 2 Make Me Human (US)
Andrea Montalbano – Horizon I (Italy)
Andrea Montalbano – Eagles Flight (Italy)
Andrea Montalbano – La Camera Incantata (Italy)
Ajay Mathur – Stop the Shame (Switzerland)
Chris Raines – North Jersey Detectives (US)
Lira Bekbolatova – Metamorfosi (Kazakhstan)
Steve Harris – Mamma Said (US)
Makichi – Wrong Humans (Iran/France)
Maria Rago – A Wild Horse (US)
Alexander Collins – The Nature of Humanity (UK)
Conny Conrad – Send Me a Little Light (Germany)
Shondra Jepperson – Greed Incorporated (US)
Taylor Fagins – We Need More (US)
Jonathan Galland – Hiyaku (France)

Congratulations to all our Finalists! See their portfolios and work samples below.

And, thank you to our 2021 Music Jury Panel: Man Parrish, Giuliano Ciabatta, Jonathan Solars, Katie Thomas, Joi Veer, Amos White V

Winners will be announced at first our Juried Arts Awards, December 5th in NYC.

Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, was rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Our list of competition winners is forthcoming.

All selected finalists are eligible for a television studio or Zoom interview to be promoted on our online platforms and via THE ARTISTS FORUM: AFTV – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

Winners in their category will receive an opportunity for production mastering of one track by music legend Man Parrish.

Our Grand Prize Winner will receive an exclusive mentorship from multi-award-winning songwriter, producer, and publisher Jeff Cohen + a Mixing and Mastering session from music legend Man Parrish.


THE ARTISTS FORUM INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION, part of our Juried Arts programming, is open to musical artists of all genres seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international music and media markets.

Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for songwriters and composers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly acknowledge talented artists in an industry-saturated arena. 

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 22nd year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists. The organization provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career artists to share their stories with the world’s creative communities.

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2021 MUSIC COMPETITION JUDGES

FINALISTS

A Wild Horse

1:49 min (2021)
Writer: Maria Rago (Italy)

CLASSICAL / OPERATIC COMPOSITION CATEGORY

Maria Rago – A Wild Horse

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Black Hurts

3:27 min (2021)
Writer: Terry Blade (US)

PROTEST / FREEDOM / SONGS OF PEACE CATEGORY

Terry Blade – Black Hurts

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Eagle’s Flight

7:02 min (2018)
Writer: Andrea Montalbano (Italy)

CLASSICAL / OPERATIC COMPOSITION CATEGORY

Andrea Montalbano – eagles flight

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Elohim’s Theme

10:37 min (2021)
Writer: Ryuho Okawa (Japan)
Arrangement: Sayaka Okawa, Yuichi Mizusawa

GOSPEL / INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY

Ryuho Okawa – Elohim’s Theme

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Greed Incorporated

3:03 min (2018)
Writer: Shondra T. Jepperson (US)

ROCK / ALTERNATIVE CATEGORY

Shondra T. Jepperson – Greed Incorporated

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Hiyaku

3:35 min (2020)
Writer: Jonathan Galland (France)
Vocalist: Danica Lipetsky (US)

WORLD MUSIC CATEGORY

Jonathan Galland – Hiyaku

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Horizon I

5:08 min (2016)
Writer: Andrea Montalbano (Italy)

CLASSICAL / OPERATIC COMPOSITION CATEGORY

Andrea Montalbano – horizon-I

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It Took a Law 2 Make Me Human
(An American History Lesson)

3:22 min (2021)
Writer/Vocalist: Fredi Walker-Browne (US)

PROTEST / FREEDOM / SONGS OF PEACE

Fredi Walker Browne – It took a law 2 make me human an american history lesson

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La Camera Incantata

7:35 min (2020)
Writer: Andrea Montalbano (Italy)

CLASSICAL / OPERATIC COMPOSITION CATEGORY

Andrea Montalbano – La Camera Incantata

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Live Your Life Today

3:41 min (2018)
Writer: Conny Conrad (Germany)
Vocalist: Gerd Kannemann

ROCK / ALTERNATIVE CATEGORY

Conny Conrad – Live your life today

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Metamorfosi

3:00 min (2021)
Writer: Lira Bekbolatova (Kazakhstan)

CONSCIOUS / INTROSPECTIVE MUSIC CATEGORY

Lira Bekbolatova – Metamorfosi

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Momma Said

2:36 min (2020)
Writer/Vocalist: Steve Harris (US)

AMERICANA CATEGORY

Steve Harris – Momma said

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North Jersey Detectives

3:12 min (2018)
Writer/Vocalist: Chris Hoyle (aka Chris Raines) (US)

CHILDREN’S / HOLIDAY / NOVELTY CATEGORY

Chris Hoyle – North Jersey Detectives

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Send Me a Little Light

4:14 min (2020)
Writer: Conny Conrad (Germany)
Vocalist: Gerd Kannemann

ROCK / ALTERNATIVE CATEGORY

Conny Conrad – Send me a little light

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Stop The Shame

3:42 min (2021)
Writer: Ajay Mathur, Mary Lou Austreng von Wyl (Switzerland) Vocalist: Ajay Mathur

ADULT CONTEMPORARY CATEGORY

Ajay Mathur – Stop the shame

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The Nature of Humanity

4:59 min (2020)
Writer: Alexander Collins (UK)

CLASSICAL / OPERATIC COMPOSITION CATEGORY

Alexander Collins – The nature of humanity

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We Need More

4:47 min (2020)
Writer/Vocalist: Taylor Fagins (US)

PROTEST / FREEDOM / SONGS OF PEACE CATEGORY

Taylor Fagins – We need more

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Wrong Humans

6:36 min (2021)
Writers/Vocalists: Makichi: Farshad Khoshnoud, Sonia Kelichadi (Iran/France)

ELECTRONIC / DANCE CATEGORY

Makichi – Wrong Humans

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JUDGES

Giuliano Ciabatta

Giuliano is an Italian creative producer expert in audio-video and digital technology with a degree in fine arts and computer graphics. He started his career as musician, songwriter and sound engineer (Apple Solution Expert and Pro-Tools certified). He produced records and music shows in theaters and around the world with Carnival UK Cruise Ships.

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Man Parrish

The Godfather of Electronic Music, Man is one of music’s most influential figures. He’s made over $5M in record sales + $80M via the Grand Theft Auto series. Two film scores and music video for “Hip Hop Be Bop” are in the MoMA permanent collection. Record/Remixing for Michael Jackson and others, he continues work as a lecturer, composer, and DJ.

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Jonathan Solars

Jonathan is the NYC Managing Director of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. With a degree in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and former Sales Manager for René A Morel, Jonathan formed his own consultancy in 2008. In 2015, He opened the NYC shop for Florian Leonhard, continuing their record of excellence in the US.

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Katie Thomas

Violinist Katie Thomas earned her Bachelors and Masters at the Manhattan School of Music. She has collaborated with many prominent orchestras. Most recently, Katie has recorded on Sarah Jarosz’s Grammy winning album “World On The Ground,” Rosanne Cash’s album “She Remembers Everything,” and The O’Jays final album “The Last Word.”

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Joi Veer

Joi Veer is an established artist of music for TV and has many diverse vocal and instrumental collections across multiple genres that continue to place in dramatic film, reality TV, sports, and YouTube. Human experience and condition are his most fascinating palettes delivered thru his signature vocals. He constantly redefines his artistic license.

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Amos White V

Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.

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