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Arts Center announces third annual ‘Big Break’ showcase

Arts Center announces third annual ‘Big Break’ showcase

The Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org will be looking for the next big star to come off Long Island over the course of the first few months of 2015.

During three nights in 2015 – Jan. 31, March 21 and April 18 – Gold Coast Acoustic Café will present the third annual “Big Break” Showcase Series at The Gold Coast Arts Center, located at 113 Middle Neck Road, the center announced on Wednesday.

The center began looking for submissions on Dec. 15 from local musicians between the ages of 15 and 25 who do not currently have a recording or publishing contract. Submissions can still be sent, while performer can perform with a band, solo with an acoustic guitar or sing with a backing music track.

Interested participants can send one mp3, one photo and a short bio tognacbigbreak@gmail.com for their submission before the deadline of Jan. 10.

The center decided this year to assign mentors to all the finalists once they have completed the second semi-final round. The mentors will work with the contestants to help hone their skills before performing at the finals.

Mentors include arts and producers from Long Island, such as Ryan Star from the television program “Rockstar: Supernova,” John Hampson of the band Nine Days, songwriter Ido Zmishlany and Steve Thompson, who has produced music for Guns N’ Roses, Madonna and John Lennon.

The prizes include the chance to open for judge Bruce Michael at The Space at Westbury, recording time with judges Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte at The Loft Studio, to feature at Reverbnation.com with judge Lou Plaia, the chance to participate in online TV streaming on IndiMusic TV with judge Chris Pati and the chance to win some musical equipment from All Music Inc. and judge Guy Brogna.

Other judges include mentoring with judge Linda Ingrisano at Five Towns College, a photo shoot by Image Photographers, a video shoot with Kevin Wood Media, a publicity and promotion campaign from Rick Eberle Public Relations and radio appearances on WCWP and WUSB.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the first act will perform starting at 8 p.m. each night. Students will pay a $5 for admission and adults will pay $10.

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