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TIDAL Unplugged Kicks Off One Million Dollar Artist Grant Program in Detroit Starting March 1, 2019.

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As we say ourselves – THE NEW MOTOWN IS HERE! Now Tidal is putting their money where their mouth is establishing a brand new one million dollar artist grant program to help struggling artists reach the next level! The best part of it all though? They are kicking off the Tidal Unplugged program right here in DETROIT! That’s right if your a Detroit area based artist who could use a little help reaching the next step in your musical career & you believe you have what it takes to do so with that extra little push than today is your day! Be sure not to waste any time & click here to apply now!

Once again if your ready to take your music career to the next level that submission link is right here: https://tidal.com/us/unplugged-submit

Read the full official press release from Tidal themselves below for more information about the program, & good luck!


TIDAL PRESS RELEASE

TIDAL Unplugged, One Million Dollar Endowment, Launches to Support Emerging Musicians

With Support From Donors, Artist Grant Program Kicks Off in Detroit, MI on March 1, 2019

(New York, NY – February 21, 2019) Today, global music streaming and entertainment platform TIDAL along with Mark Lampert & Robert Nelsen have announced the launch of TIDAL Unplugged, an unprecedented million dollar artist grant program dedicated to building emerging artists’ careers. Funded by a generous donation from Mark Lampert & Robert Nelsen, TIDAL Unplugged will kick off in Detroit, where Lampert’s grandfather started his musical career. Local artists will have the chance to submit their music through TIDAL to receive part of the million dollar grant.

As an artist-owned platform built with the goal of creating a sustainable music industry and empowering artists, TIDAL supports talent helping to bring their artistic visions to life. TIDAL Rising is a key pillar of the platform’s mission to showcase emerging talent. TIDAL Unplugged is a realization of Lampert and Nelsen’s desire to provide artists with the means to pursue their dream. Both have a long history of philanthropy outside of their venture capital endeavors and supporting TIDAL Unplugged is a personal touch point as music has always been a passion.

The artists chosen will each work with the TIDAL Unplugged team to create a personalized program aimed to cover resources needed to further their musical career. The grant can cover living expenses, equipment, studio time, and more as well as access to expertly guided recording and creative resources. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows aspiring musicians to chase their dreams as well as dedicate more time and energy to pursuing a career as an artist. Beginning March 1, 2019 Detroit residents can apply on TIDAL.com/Unplugged. Artists from all genres are encouraged to submit, but music must be performed acapella or acoustically and must not rely heavily on digital elements. The finalists will be announced in May. Following a pilot run in Detroit, TIDAL aims to expand the program into other markets.

“The TIDAL Rising program is incredibly special to everyone at TIDAL – from the interns to the artist-owners — we recognize the power of streaming and the importance of supporting and encouraging emerging musicians,” said Jason Kpana, TIDAL SVP of Artist Relations. “Being able to expand  the program to support musicians in an authentic and substantial way is truly an honor.”

Working with TIDAL and utilizing the resources provided, the finalists will develop and finish four songs for distribution. Once the tracks are complete, they will exclusively premiere on TIDAL and receive promotion through its TIDAL Rising program. Artists will maintain 100% ownership of recording masters. As part of TIDAL’s mission to support rising artists with unique opportunities to grow their fan bases, the finalists will perform their songs in a TIDAL Unplugged showcase in November.

Since inception, TIDAL Rising has spotlighted up-and-coming musicians with documentaries, playlist features, performance opportunities and more. From Ari Lennox performing on the TIDAL Stage at Made in America (2017) and Alessia Cara at TIDAL X: Brooklyn (2015), to A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s TBA Tour (2016) and SiR’s “Where I’m From” (2018)  docuseries, TIDAL Rising helps grow Rising artists’ fan bases and get their music heard by more people in more places.

About TIDAL

TIDAL is an artist-owned global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans closer together through unique original content and exclusive events.

Available in 53 countries, the streaming service has more than 60 million songs and 250,000 high quality videos in its catalog along with original video series, podcasts, thousands of expertly curated playlists and artist discovery via TIDAL Rising. With the commitment of its owners to create a more sustainable model for the music industry, TIDAL is available in premium and HiFi tiers—which includes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) recordings.

In the US, Sprint customers with the Unlimited Plus plan are able to access a “free-forever” TIDAL membership.  For more information, please visit www.tidal.com.

About Robert Nelsen

Robert Nelsen is a co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He joined ARCH at its founding and played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing and development of more than 100 companies, including twenty-one which have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion. His seed and early-stage investments include Illumina (ILMN); Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY); Juno Therapeutics (JUNO); Unity Biotechnology (UBX); Hua Medicine (2552:HK); Sienna Biopharmaceuticals (SNNA); Vir Biotechnology; Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO); Sage Therapeutics (SAGE); GRAIL; Gossamer Bio (GOSS); Ikaria; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (KYTH); Receptos (RCPT); Aviron (AVIR); Denali Therapeutics (DNLI); Rubius Therapeutics (RUBY); Syros Pharmaceuticals (SYRS); Sana Biotechnology; KSQ Therapeutics; Beam Therapeutics; NetBot; Bluebird Bio (BLUE); R2 Technology; XenoPort (XNPT); Fate Therapeutics (FATE); Caliper Life Sciences (CALP); Trubion Pharmaceuticals (TRBN); Adolor (ADLR); deCODE Genetics; Array BioPharma (ARRY); Editas (EDIT); IDUN Pharmaceuticals; Classmates.com; Hua Medicine; Fate Therapeutics (FATE); WuxiNextCODE; and Everyday Learning Corporation.

Mr. Nelsen is a director of Vir Bio, GRAIL, Sana Biotechnology, Beam Therapeutics, Unity Biotechnology, Denali Therapeutics, Arivale, and serves as Chairman of Hua Medicine, among others. He previously served as a Trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, and was a director of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Nelsen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound with majors in Economics and Biology.

About Mark Lampert

Mr. Lampert is the founder and General Partner of BVF Partners L.P. (“BVF”), a San Francisco-based, private biotechnology investment firm established in 1993 that manages the Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P. and related entities. Mr. Lampert has been active in the biotechnology industry since 1984, having served on the boards of directors of numerous public and private companies. Prior to forming BVF, Mr. Lampert was a Vice President at the investment banking firm Oppenheimer & Co and the founder of Biotechnology Royalty Corp., aimed at pooling university biotechnology patent royalties. Mr. Lampert was previously employed by Cambridge NeuroScience, G.D. Searle & Co., and the Boston Consulting Group. He is a founding donor to the Lampert-Byrd Foundation and GiveDirectly.org. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Lampert holds an A.B. with honors in Chemistry from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Payroll Giovanni – Turn Into 20 (Official Video) (feat. Tee Grizzley & Peezy)

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As the society around him became encaged in a pandemic-birthed nightmare, Detroit icon and street-rap hero Payroll Giovanni flipped the gloomy circumstances of confinement into an opportunity: he made his most mature and developed project yet, turning an ultimate negative into an opportunity for growth and outreach.

“I was just realizing what was important and what was not and that’s basically what the album focused on — growth and maturing,” the Doughboyz Cashout legend explains, looking back at the recording processes that birthed Spirit of A Boss. “I analyzed my life and the things that mattered and didn’t matter. I was recording a lot during quarantine.”

Produced by a tightly-knit, well-seasoned circle of Motor City sound-sculptors like Helluva, AK and K.I.D.D., Spirit of A Boss fully encapsulates the style that allowed its creator an upper-echelon spot in his region’s circle of hip-hop heavy-hitters and represents his commitment to preserving Detroit’s influential sonic signatures.

“I’m always open to try new beats and different producers, but I’m just at home and more comfortable on Detroit beats,” Payroll explains. As a member of a group and as a solo act, he’s been at the forefront of his hometown’s street-rap microcosm for over a decade, and has become one of its most respected and talented torchbearers. “A lot of the producers I work with today, they produced a lot of the Detroit albums I grew up listening to — Street Lordz, Chedda Boyz and all that. When I was growing up, it was just Street Lordz, Eastside Chedda Boyz, Rock Bottom and a few more groups. That’s what we grew up listening to.”

“They [Blade Icewood and Street Lordz] laid down the blueprint for all of us,” Payroll explains. As one of his city’s foremost sages, he is one of the few relevant artists today who carries a connection to several sides of Detroit’s recent musical heritage and boasts his own growing catalog of classics. “They set the tone for what a Detroit dude is all about, and we followed that blueprint and just ran with it … It’s all embedded in the Detroit sound.”

His newest contribution to the aforementioned lineage, Spirit of A Boss unfolds like an audio-book full of real-life stories of survival and contains the same sort of gritty lessons you might learn watching a movie about mobsters. The full-length is complete with insights on Payroll’s childhood and shines a light on the teenage years he spent trying to carve out his own path in the drug game, revealing the gritty, cinematic crime-drama scenarios that followed and the positive evolution those preceding moments created. You can use it to trace the Payroll Giovanni narrative from start to today.

“A lot of them are personal records,” Payroll shares when breaking down the themes and content of his new release. “I get something new out of it when I see how the fans react to it; I got to see what was the effect on people, that’s when I’m like, ‘this one touched people in a different way.’ I listen to my old stuff and I was probably drunk, in the booth with 20 dudes and stacks of money in my hand while rapping — just rapping about stuff I would never participate in today. I come from this, that and the third, but now it’s about doing this and that.”

“You don’t want to be in your 30s still thugging and living some wild life,” Payroll reflects. “I don’t want to preach that, because I’m trying to get away from that … My music has always kind of been my therapy. I’d rather say how I feel in a record or two.”

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Joei Redd – Loyal to the Bag Remix ft Tiera Santoya & Queenie & P Dot – (Official Music Video)

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Joei Redd - Loyal to the Bag Remix ft Tiera Santoya & Queenie & P Dot - (Official Music Video)

 

Joie Redd drops the remix for her single  “Loyal to the bag” with a video featuring some of Detroit’s hottest lady spitters on the microphone! Recorded at ASAR Studios Produced by Number Street K check out P Dot, Queenie and Tiera Santoya as they joined Joie Redd on this classic “SET IT OFF” inspired visual.

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Hatch – Nincompoop (Prod. Blizzard) [Official Music Video]

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Hatch - Nincompoop (Prod. Blizzard) [Official Music Video]

Hatch has been one of the Detroit area’s top lyricist for some years now, from New York to California the self proclaimed wise guy himself has done shows, radio, television, and satellite around the country with a celebrity list of who’s who nationwide. Check out his newest video produced by Blizzard the Mad Scientist.

 

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