St. Cecilia Music Center produces hundreds of performances for ArtPrize
St. Cecilia Music Center's role as the official Music Hub of this year’s ArtPrize kicks off tomorrow.
The venue has organized nine “busking” sites for more than 250 live performances by musicians who entered ArtPrize at the St. Cecilia venue.
The sites are located throughout the city: St. Cecilia’s Presidents Room, inside the Women’s City Club, Blue Bridge, Gillette Bridge, Lyon’s Square, Rosa Parks Circle, DeVos Hall, Van Andel Arena and Monument Square.
The performances run from Sept. 25-Oct. 4.
Musicians are competing for one of five $2,000 prizes in several categories: rock/blues, classical, pop/electronic, jazz and folk/country.
Winners also receive $1,000 in recording time at Mackinaw Harvest Studios in Grand Rapids.
For the general ArtPrize categories, musical entries are included in the time-based categories and eligible for the $20,000 category prize.
“This new voting structure for ArtPrize gives all of the artistic genres great focus. It will also result in some art, such as music, emerging in 2014 as important and popular entries into ArtPrize,” said Cathy Holbrook, executive director, St. Cecilia Music Center.
“We hope a musician or a musical group is selected within the Final 20. We’ll do our best to help showcase these artists throughout the city at the many music busking stations, as well as at St. Cecilia Music Center’s listening stations, where music entries are available for listening on iPods during all three weeks of ArtPrize.”