Stanley Theater hosts online contest for Utica-area musicians

By Charlie Miller
Syracuse Post-Standard
April 29, 2020

Utica, N.Y. — Hey Utica-area musicians, have you had time while quarantining to write some new material? Well, here’s your chance to get something for your creativity.

The Stanley Theatre and other organizations that support area musicians have created an online contest where singers, songwriters and instrumental soloists can enter original works to compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to record a single at Big Blue North Recording Studio.

Contestants may submit videos to between April 30 and May 7. A panel of judges will review the submissions and pick five finalists. The top five videos will be featured on The Stanley Theatre’s Facebook page. The public can “like” and “share” the videos through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. The three videos with the most likes and shares will win first-, second- and third-place prizes

The requirements for submissions are:

  • Video must be 4 minutes maximum
  • Contestant must be at least 18 years old
  • Contestant must be local to the Greater Utica Area (Herkimer and Oneida Counties)
  • No profanity or vulgarity

The runner-up will receive $500, and the third-place winner will receive $250. The winners will be announced via social media on May 14.

The judging panel includes Stanley Theatre Board President Ralph Eannace, Board Vice President Maria Brindisi, Disruption Network founder Anthony “Zee” Donaldson, 92.7 The DRIVE radio personality Genesee Joe, Big Blue North producer and engineer Jeff Aderman and local musician and audio engineer Austin Caro.

The contest is sponsored by Friends of The Stanley, Big Blue North Recording Studio, Disruption Network, 92.7FM, The DRIVE and Ezra’s Energy.