Entry Deadline Extended for Asia’s Richest Jazz & Blues Competition

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HONG KONG, Apr. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ —

The Entries close Friday, May 4, 2012, 6 pm (HK time)

Venetian Carnival has extended the entry date for performers looking to participate in the inaugural International Jazz & Blues Band Competition.

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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. 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.”

For more information on the competition, including entry requirements, please visit www.venetianmacao.com/carnival/, or to stay up to date on the latest news, visit http://www.facebook.com/venetianmacao or http://weibo.com/venetianmacao.

Entry Details

Reviewed by a panel of industry-leading music veterans, 12 successful entrants will enjoy a package of flights, ferry tickets, accommodation and food & beverage. The competition is open to individual artists, vocalists and instrumentalists alike as well as groups of up to six musicians.

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, live entertainment and 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 awards nominee Pine Leaf Boys, to ten-time Grammy award-winning American musician George Benson.

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 ball will offer free-flowing wine, five-star cuisine and charity auction.

Carnival Admission: Free
Mardi Gras Costume “Charity Ball” tickets: HK$1,200, on sale NOW

SOURCE: The Venetian Macao