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Canton, New York, Friday, June 11, 2007 - Sackets Harbor, Malone, Canton, Akwesasne, Alexandria Bay, Saranac Lake, and Old Forge: these are all communities North Country Public Radio has visited to record local musicians. These recording sessions are part of a major two-year project called UpNorth Music for which the station received funding from the New York State Music Fund, a grant program of Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors. The UpNorth Music team sets up temporary recording studios for three days in each community, recording up to six songs from each musical act selected for the project. These recordings are then made available to musicians to use as they wish and are delivered to audiences via NCPR's airwaves and website. With the conclusion of sessions in Old Forge on June 8, UpNorth Music has recorded 70 North Country acts, and passed the half-way mark on a tour slated to end in October.
It's not too late for musicians to apply for upcoming sessions in Blue Mountain Lake, North Creek, Brockville, Plattsburgh and Glens Falls. While the project has attracted more applications than there are sessions to offer, the UpNorth Music encourages interested musicians to put their name in the running. Project coordinator Jill Breit explains, "You just never know if your music is exactly what UpNorth Music is looking for." Demo material is required.
For complete information on this project, including the opportunity apply and to listen to musicians already recorded, visit www.upnorthmusic.org.