Judging for the inaugural American Music Prize for Best Debut Album (“The AMP”) is currently underway. Confirmed members of the independent judging panel include producer Steve Lillywhite, Rolling Stone Executive Editor Nathan Brackett, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, CMT’s Craig Shelburne, Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller and The Current’s David Safar as well as artists Amanda Warner (MNDR), Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Matt Nathanson and Mel Honore (Cerebral Ballzy). See below for complete list.
All U.S. debut albums released between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 are eligible. There are already over ninety albums identified as eligible for The AMP and allocated to the judges for their opinions. Eligible releases include the self-titled debuts by Benjamin Booker and Exotype, Sold Out by Jhene Aiko, Title by Meghan Trainor, Under Pressure by Logic and Here Right Now by Tasha Page-Lockhart. The full list can be found under the "Albums under Consideration" tab.
The AMP will soon announce albums that have been long-listed, with a shortlist of finalists to follow in late August. The grand prize will be announced in late September. The winner will receive a significant cash prize in addition to garnering industry-wide attention. Album registration and complete eligibility details can be found at: www.americanmusicprize.com.
There are no entry fees.
Of The AMP, founder Scott B. Murphy comments, “There are tens of thousands of album releases in the U.S. in every 12 month period which makes it difficult for new artists to break through no matter how great their recordings are. The AMP process significantly helps those making great debut albums to be heard, appreciated and assisted.”
The AMP judging panel: Nathan Brackett (Rolling Stone), Rand Foster (Fingerprints), David Fricke (Rolling Stone), David Greenwald (The Oregonian), Dennis Herring (producer), Jewly Hight (freelance journalist), Mel Honore (Cerebral Ballzy), Britt Julious (freelance journalist), Daniel Kohn (freelance journalist), Kristin Kurtis (KGSR), Eric Levin (Criminal Records), Steve Lillywhite (producer), Melissa Locker (freelance journalist), Josh Madell (Other Music), Pat McGuire (FLOOD magazine) Sean Moeller (Daytrotter), Matt Nathanson, Robert Neumann (KHMX), Dan Plunkett (End Of An Ear), Michael Ramirez (Radio Active Records), David Safar (KCMP The Current), Craig Shelburne (CMT), Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Amanda Warner (MNDR) and Bob Waugh (WRNR).
Friends of The AMP include: Craig Averill (Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob), Gillian R. Bar, Esq. (Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP), David Bason (Hundred Handed), Alex Black (Warner Bros Records), Jennie Boddy (The Fun Star), Paul Brown (Red Hat 22), Joe Calitri (Red Bull Records), Jeff Castelaz (Elektra), Jonathan Daniel (Crush Management), Charlie Feldman (BMI), Deb Fenstermacher (Red Light Management), John Fleckenstein (Sony Music), Christian Fresco (Pearl Jam), Tom Gates (Nettwerk), Piero Giramonti (Harvest Records), Richard Grabel (Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel Leven Granderson & Blake), Kate Hyman (BMG Chrysalis), Andrew Jackson (Milton Archer / Deckstar Management), Justin Kalifowitz (Downtown Music Publishing), Janine Kerr (FOX Sports Music), Rell Lafargue (Reservoir Media), Kate Landau (Red Light Management), Michael McDonald (Mick Management), Wade Metzler (SoundExchange, Inc), Loretta Muñoz (ASCAP), Reen Nalli (The Groove Merchants), Jaclyn Ranere (The Orchard), Jeff Sosnow (Warner Bros Records), Robert Stevenson (Republic/Universal), Don VanCleave (DVC MGMT), Karen Wiessen (Autonomic Media), Craig Winkler (Grand Jury Music).
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