NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The world-famous Z100, New York’s Hit Music Station, announced today the launch of Z100’s fourth annual Hometown Hero competition presented by State Farm® and powered by Eventful. Tri-state area musicians will compete to win the chance to perform live at the Z100 and Coca-Cola All Access Lounge at Hammerstein Ballroom, which serves as the pre-event to Z100’s Jingle Ball, the annual holiday concert, on Friday, December 13. The winner will be determined with the help of Eventful, and its unique Demand it!® social media platform, which empowers hopefuls to let their fans Demand they get the winning spot. Last year’s winner, Rockland County natives’ rock band The All Ways, performed in front of more than 10,000 attendees at Z100 Coca-Cola’s All Access Lounge and was a part of a star-studded line up that included Ed Sheeran, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs and Bridgit Mendler. They have since gone on tour including a five day stint in Russia.
“We’re proud to give aspiring talent the opportunity to be a part of and perform at the star-studded pre-show to Z100’s Jingle Ball, a holiday staple in New York City.”
From Monday, October 14 until Monday, November 4, at 11:59 p.m. EST, unsigned artists and bands from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are invited to sign up for the chance to win Z100’s Hometown Hero contest at www.Z100.com keyword: Hometown Hero. Fans can vote for their favorite artist or band at http://eventful.com/Z100, and are prompted to spread the word virally, inviting their friends to demand their favorite artist or band through Facebook and Twitter.
The top 25 artists with the most Demands will move to a semi-finals round on Tuesday, November 5, which will then be narrowed down to the final five by an A-List panel of music industry judges on Friday, November 8. Judges include Sharon Dastur, Program Director, Z100; JJ, afternoon on-air personality for Z100, Gary Spangler, Senior Vice President of Promotion, Republic Records and Lee Leipsner, Executive Vice President of Promotion, Columbia Records. The ultimate winner will be selected by fans, who will have the chance to vote online once again. Final voting for the top five contestants will begin on Tuesday, November 12 and will end Tuesday, December 3. The winner will be announced LIVE on Thursday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. EST by Z100 ZJ Mo’ Bounce and will have the honor to perform at this year’s Z100 and Coca-Cola All Access Lounge at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on December 13, 2013 as well as walk the red carpet at the main event, Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden that evening.
“For the fourth year in a row, Z100 is tapping into our regional community to find the best new stars in the music industry by hosting Z100’s Hometown Hero Contest," said Sharon Dastur, Z100's Program Director. “We’re proud to give aspiring talent the opportunity to be a part of and perform at the star-studded pre-show to Z100’s Jingle Ball, a holiday staple in New York City.”
Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will take place at Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 13. For up-to-minute information on Jingle Ball 2013 listen to Z100, New York’s Hit Music Station, or log on to www.Z100.com, keyword: Jingle Ball. Hometown Hero is an extension of Z100’s commitment to supporting emerging independent musicians by sharing original music with an engaged public audience. As part of a company-wide focus on championing locally-grown music, Z100 continually offers both an online and on-air platform for developing artists.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York:
Clear Channel New York owns and operates WAXQ-FM; WHTZ-FM; WKTU-FM; WLTW-FM; WWPR-FM and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 225 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at ClearChannel.com.
About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 44 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca
About Eventful, Inc.:
Eventful, Inc. is the leading digital media company connecting consumers with live entertainment, movies and local events. Over 21 million people use Eventful to find out what’s happening and decide what to do. Eventful provides the most comprehensive selection of local event information with millions of events across 28 categories.
Leading brands and entertainment properties rely on Eventful to reach consumers and drive commerce through a unique and targeted blend of digital, social media and direct marketing. Eventful’s unique social media service “Demand it!®” empowers consumers to influence the location and content of entertainment and live events. Learn more, visit Eventful.