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Spotlight On: Boston GreenFest

Sonicbids band Endangered Speeches played Boston GreenFest 2011. (image source)

Sonicbids has created an opportunity for 10 artists to perform on the GreenSoule Stage at this year's Boston GreenFest, an environmentally conscious, musically eclectic and decidedly multicultural event taking place in the heart of the city. Past performers on the GreenSoule Stage have included Endangered Speeches (pictured above), Mark Merren, Jazmin Yvonne and Black Alley, so hip-hop, funk, R&B and jazz artists should get on this and apply by July 1. The three-day festival takes place August 15-17, and in addition to giving acts great exposure, GreenFest also supports their endeavors by not taking a cut out of merch like many festivals do –artists keep 100% of sales. Win-win!

We spoke with Olawumi Akinwumi of AfroDesiaCity, the event marketing and consulting company programming the stage, about GreenFest's mission and why artists should get involved.

8 Sonicbids Acts That Used CMJ as a Stepping Stone to Success

Since its inception in 1981, CMJ Music Marathon has launched countless careers. It's known in the industry as one of the best places to find new music talent. This year's CMJ takes place October 21-25, 2014, and will feature more than 1,300 artists performing in more than 80 venues around New York City. Sonicbids artists can apply by June 25, 2014. Check out these past Sonicbids acts who used CMJ performances as springboards to broader success, and add your name to the list!

Find Out How to Open for Raekwon at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

DJ Scratch performing at the 2013 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is one of the nation's top hip-hop events, and while superstar rappers, deejays and emcees with megawatt celeb status take the stage, so too do artists on the rise. Organized by Brooklyn Bodega, the festival takes place July 9-12 with headlining acts Raekwon, Jay Electronica and CJ Fly, with more to be announced. Venues all across the borough's neighborhoods, from Brooklyn Heights to Fort Greene to Bed-Stuy to Williamsburg, host acts.

Brooklyn Bodega's Wes Jackson and Tatiana Sy are choosing two Sonicbids artists for slots at the festival's final day in Williamsburg, with Raekwon headlining. Apply by May 31 for your chance to open for this hip-hop legend in front of a crowd of serious fans.

We spoke with Jackson about the festival's 10th anniversary and what they're going to be looking for when they listen to your application. 

Spotlight On: Green Light Theory

Los Angeles-based quartet and Sonicbids act Green Light Theory just released its debut EP in February. Packed with crunchy guitars and earnest enthusiasm, the six songs on A Gift From Your Ex-Boyfriend veer through lovestruck, tuneful songs reminiscent of Cali pop-punk and Midwestern emo. We recently caught up with Corey Rutchland (guitars, lead vocals), Scott Waldman (guitars, vocals) Drew Holliday (drums) and Kyle Rutchland (vocals, bass) to chat about the band's brief but brisk existence.

Have You Written the Next SongwriterUniverse 'Song of the Month'?

Candace Russell won SongwriterUniverse's "Best Song of the Month" contest in April 2014.

Songwriting is a tough business, and many elements go into a successful tune. SongwriterUniverse aims to bring attention to those excelling at the undertaking – it's both an art and a craft. Its regular "Best Song of the Month" contest is accepting applications now through the end of the month, in which the winning songwriter gets a featured article in SongwriterUniverse and much more. Don't think this is just a winner-takes-all kinda thing, either. SongwriterUniverse spotlights the top five songs it receives every month. We chatted with SongwriterUniverse head honcho Dale Kawashima about the opportunity.