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Carpe DM Music Mix Winners Announced

Posted March 03, 2014 in Web Exclusives

GREATER DES MOINES – The Partnership and the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition are excited to announce the Central Iowa artists who will be included on the Carpe DM Music Mix, a collection of locally produced music compiled into a free, downloadable format available at www.seizedesmoines.com/musicmix. The Carpe DM Music Mix will be promoted this week at SXSW, the annual film, interactive, and music festival/conference in Austin, Texas. The Partnership will join the State of Iowa in hosting the Iowa Reception at SXSW to promote career and quality of life advantages in the state. Additionally, the Partnership will promote the Music Mix at other conference outlets, and at future career fairs and out-of-state workforce recruitment events.

The artists that will appear on the Carpe DM Music Mix are:
Brother Trucker
Poison Control Center
Mary McAdams
The Uniphonics
Holy White Hounds
Chad Elliott
Bonne Finken
Dustin Smith
Gloom Balloon
Bright Giant
The Nadas
North of Grand
Mr. Baber’s Neighbors
Mighty Shady

The selection process for the Mix began when nearly 50 Central Iowa musicians submitted a song to a local jury who scored the tracks based on a three criteria: 1) songwriting – the quality of original musical and lyrical compositions, 2) musicianship – execution appropriate to the material, and 3) appropriateness for compilation – lyric content, production quality, and artist activity with the community.

The top 20 songs with the highest score were then in the running to appear on the Mix. The public was invited to vote for their three favorite songs that best represent the Central Iowa music scene. The songs that appear on the Mix received the most votes.

“We are so excited with the results,” said Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Workforce/Education for the Partnership. “There were more than 1,000 people who cast their vote, which just goes to show how passionate Central Iowa residents are about their music. The mix showcases a diverse representation of music and talent, which will be an invaluable example of the exemplary quality of life that our region has to offer.

The free music is available at www.seizedesmoines.com/musicmix. The Partnership and Greater Des Moines Music Coalition would like to thank all of the participants for their time and submissions to the contest.

For more information, contact the Greater Des Moines Partnership at (515) 286-4950. Media inquiries should be directed to Susan Ramsey at (515) 286-4954 or sramsey@desmoinesmetro.com.

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