Music Competition 2024


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THE ARTISTS FORUM is proud to announce the finalists for this year’s MUSIC COMPETITION, featuring 6 works that best highlight our 2024 Competition Theme – TECHNO-FEUDALISM.

These works have been created by independent artists originating from 5 countries: Australia, India, Israel, Switzerland, and the United States.

The Finalists are (in no particular order):

“My World (SOS To The Universe)” by Ajay Mathur (India/Switzerland)
“Bat Sheva (The Daughter of 7even)” by Tomer George Cohen (Israel)
“Dromologies I” by Karl Montevirgen (US)
“Drive” by Cathleen Ireland (US)
“But I You, Alors” by S R Montevirgen (US)
“Divine Ukraine” by Anton Manuel Pokryshevsky (Australia)

Congratulations to all our Finalists!

Thank you to our 2024 Music Jury Panel: Giuliano Ciabatta, Murs, Jonathan Solars, Katie Thomas, Joi Veer, Amos White V

Finalists works will be showcased and winners announced the same day by invitation only during our Juried Arts Awards Ceremony on June 22, 2024 at MNN Studios – El Barrio Firehouse  — 175 E 104th Street in Manhattan.

THE ARTISTS FORUM 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. 

Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, is 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.

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 25th 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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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.



California native Nicholas Carter (aka “Murs”) is a mainstay figure in the intersection between underground, backpack, and conscious rap. Part of the early 2000’s underground wave, Murs has been on both indie and major labels. A co-founder of the Paid Dues Festival, Murs continues to connect with his fans and community via his Twitch account.


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.



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.”


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.


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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