Entries close Friday, May 4, 2012, 6 pm (HK time)
(Hong Kong, April 25, 2012) – The Venetian Carnival has extended the entry date for budding performers looking to participate in the inaugural International Jazz & Blues Band Competition. Entries will now close at 6 pm (HK time) on Friday, May 4, 2012.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will see a set of finalists flown to Macao to perform as part of the three-day Venetian Carnival from May 25 - 27, with flights and accommodation sponsored by The Venetian Macao, for a chance to play and be seen by the best in the industry. The hopefuls will also be competing for an impressive cash prize from a pool of HK$500,000 (approx. US$64,000).
“Entries to date have exceeded expectations with the sheer number of high-calibre talent,” said Brendon Elliott, Vice President of Sales and Resort Marketing, Venetian Macau Limited. “We received a flood of interest from not just Hong Kong and Asia, but from as far away as Australia and Europe.
“Extending the entry closing date to May 4 seemed an obvious decision to allow more talented artists the opportunity to enter, elevating the competition even higher and further shining a spotlight on this wealth of creative musical talent.”
Open to all international jazz and blues performers; entrants should visit www.venetianmacao.com/carnival/ to submit an entry form and upload a video by 6 pm (HK time), May 4, 2012.
Reviewed by a panel of high-profile, industry-leading music veterans, 12 successful entrants will enjoy a package of flights, ferry tickets, accommodation and food & beverage sponsored by The Venetian Macao. The competition is open to individual artists, vocalists and instrumentalists alike as well as groups of up to six musicians.
Spanning the three-day festival, the competition features prizes that include a chance to take home part of a cash prize pool of HK$500,000 (approx US$64,000):
First Place: HK$250,000 (approx. US$32,000)
Second Place: HK$150,000 (approx. US$19,000)
Third Place: HK$100,000 (approx. US$13,000)
Entry is easy, with participants asked to share a web link to a live performance via online channels such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
About The Venetian Carnival
With avid support from the Macau Government Tourist Office, The Venetian Carnival takes centre stage as Asia’s definitive event of 2012.
Famous for its unrivalled display of glamour, glitz, live entertainment, style and vibrant energy, this year’s carnival will be no exception. A reflection on the New Orleans jazz and blues scene, entertainers from all corners of the globe will be flown in; from New Orleans, the Michael Foster Project brass band and four time Emmy award nominee Pine Leaf Boys, to the ten-time Grammy award-winning American musician George Benson. The Venetian Macao outdoor lagoon will be transformed into New Orleans Mardi Gras through performers, lights, beads, international food and music. Visitors can enjoy the extensive fairground or take advantage of the carnival’s gondola rides and wine gardens set to adorn the Campanile Tower area.
The event will culminate with the Mardi Gras Costume “Charity Ball,” headlined by acclaimed New Orleans soul group, The Neville Brothers. A premier black-tie event for the who’s who of Macao and Asia, the “Charity Ball” will feature live performances, a cocktail reception and charity auction. Admission to The Venetian Carnival is free, while exclusive “Charity Ball” tickets priced at HK$1,200 go on sale from April 25 and include free-flowing wine and a specially prepared five-star dining experience.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat CotaiArena™ designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; MALO CLINIC Health & Wellness; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at The Grand Canal Shoppes. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.