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For this weeks Monday May Music Madness Update we want to remind you about our Battle of the Bands on May 19th. Get your band together, and make sure to register with the form

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To keep up with our Monday updates for May Music Madness, we’re sending a reminder today on the hip-hop and dance night on May 13th at the Tom Tom Festival Community Day. If you’re a hip-hop artist (group or solo), or if you perform any kind of dance (including step) – sign up. We want you and your talent to be there!

Please fill out this form and bring it in to the MRC by April 28th to get in on this night of madness.

Also, to help promote our May events, join the Facebook event here

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As a reminder for each of our exciting musical events during the month of May Music Madness, we will be posting each Monday about the individual performances and what you can do now to register. Remember, you can find the entry form here.

Our first event on Friday May 4th is all Jazz and Acoustic. If you’re a singer songwriter, if you consider your music to be jazz, or really just anything other than rock or hip-hop, then sign up! This is probably our most broad category, and we want to see your talent. Remember, you don’t have to be an MRC member to perform.

Make sure to sign up by April 21st – the line up will be announced the 25th.

Join the event on facebook

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During the month of May, the MRC is bringing four weekends of music, music and more music. And we’re looking for members (and non-members, as long as you’re in 7th – 12th grade!) with talent to perform during this month of madness at one of our diversely themed nights.

The first weekend of May Music Madness is a Jazz and Acoustic night on Friday May 4th. If you play jazz or if you’re a singer/songwriter and consider your music to be acoustic, then sign up!

The next weekend, on May 13th, is our hip hop and dance showcase. Any dance or step teams as well as hip hop artists are encouraged to fill out our entry form. We want to see you there!

The third weekend, on May 19th, is our Battle of the Bands competition. Get the band together and fill out our form, because the first prize for the competition will be an opening gig at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion during Fridays After Five – you really don’t want to miss this chance to get your band’s music out there!

Finally, on May 24th, the MRC will be having our annual CD Release Party – we want all members on our CD to be there to celebrate another incredible album. Bring friends!


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Our interview with Elie marks the first in a series of interviews with our Fame Track I members. Through these interviews, we hope to bring to light the stories and hard work behind our members’ music.

Elie Butoyi is a first generation immigrant from Tanzania, Africa. He first became involved with the Music Resource Center approximately three years ago, and when he first arrived he spoke almost no English. He had limited exposure to American music in Africa but was familiar with many of the popular artists from Radio One broadcasts in his native country. During his years working with the staff of MRC, Elie honed his skills in beat production and used rapping as a way to increase his fluency in English. Elie was selected as the 2011 MRC Member Of The Year due to his relentless dedication to becoming a better musician, his always courteous and positive demeanor with other MRC members, and his willingness to be an ambassador to our program by introducing other teenagers to the MRC. We sat down with Elie to talk about his love of music, what inspires him and what his future goals are.

Read the full Interview with Elie

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Click here to watch a video about students in our sister program in Duluth, Minnesota.

The inspiring artists of the Music Resource Center don’t stop in Charlottesville. At our sister Center in Duluth, Minnesota, Galalee Wright and sisters Dylan and Jesse Hatten started their composition trio, Brown Eye Blue Eye, when they were just six years old. They now record and compose at the Music Resource Center in Duluth, and even perform outside of the MRC in their community.

When explaining their composition process, Jesse says that the sound comes to them naturally, like an apple growing on an apple tree.

“It just grows like an apple, ” she says.

Brown Eye Blue Eye’s full interview from Fox News can be found here.

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If you’re musical (and we know you are), chances are you can make art. The Music Resource Center’s annual spring album will be released at the end of May, and we need cover art! We’re doing this contest in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club and Computers 4 Kids, so members of those organizations as well as the MRC are eligible to submit designs.

Members who would like to submit designs for our CD cover need to do so by March 16th, so we can get it ready to go! Make it exciting, make it original,

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