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14th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival - February 17-20, 2011

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[CANCELLED] Do You Have What It Takes To Win A ‘Battle of the Bands’ Contest?
For Release: October 18, 2010

Mount Dora Music Festival Celebrates ‘Looking For Treble’ Public Art Contest Winner And the Search Continues with Part Two of The ‘Looking for Treble’ Contest…
For Release: August 30, 2010

‘Looking for Treble': A Public Art Contest Sponsored by the Mount Dora Music Festival
For Release: July 26, 2010

 

Do You Have What It Takes To Win A
‘Battle of the Bands’ Contest?
For Release: October 18, 2010

MOUNT DORA: For anyone who’s ever dreamed of being a rock star or performing original songs in front of an audience, the Mount Dora Music Festival (MDMF) will try to make those dreams come true in their first-ever ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest.

Contestants 16 and older are invited to compete for the title ‘Best of the Hot Rockin’ Bands 2011’ on Saturday, February 19, 2011, when the stage is set and the crowds gather at Donnelly Park in downtown Mount Dora. Entrants under 18 years of age must provide parental or guardian signature.

Amateur bands not signed to a major label and who make less than half their annual income by performing, are qualified to compete in rock, classic rock and alternative rock categories.

Each band will consist of no more than six musicians and, aside from drums which will be provided, bands are required to provide all musical instruments. Each performance must be live with no recorded music allowed. Eight bands will be selected from the entries received, and will be given 15 minutes to perform three songs, one of which must be an original. Judges, whose decision is final, will select first, second and third place winners based on stage presence, musicality, originality, professionalism, personality, and audience response.

The Hot Rockin’ Battle of the Bands winners will receive bragging rights, T-shirts, and cash: 3rd place $100, and 2nd place $200. First Place wins $300, plus an opportunity to perform at the MDMF on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Submission requirements include an application and entry fee of $25, plus a band audition package consisting of an 8 x 10 color photo, a brief biography and performance video. The deadline for entries to be received is 5 pm, Friday, December 3, 2010. Materials will not be returned. Registration fee is non-refundable and incomplete entries will be disqualified.

To read more about the ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest and to download rules, an application and submit fee, log on to www.mountdoramusicfest.com. Mail materials to: Mount Dora Music Festival, ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest, PO Box 712, Mount Dora, FL, 32756.

For more information, e-mail info@mountdoramusicfest.com or call Executive Director, Nancy Howell at (352) 383-2627.

 

Mount Dora Music Festival Celebrates ‘Looking For Treble’ Public Art Contest Winner And the Search Continues with Part Two of The ‘Looking for Treble’ Contest…
For Release: August 30, 2010

MOUNT DORA: An Artist Reception was held Friday, August 27, at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts as Mount Dora Music Festival directors and supporters honored graphic artist / photographer Amanda Higgins of Altoona, the grand prize winner in the festival’s 'Looking For Treble’ public art contest.

Referring to the winning artwork, contest judge Kathy Pagan, Lake County liaison to the Arts and Cultural Alliance, noted that “The artistic design is very graceful with an airy, whimsical tone that perfectly captures the fun, entertainment, and momentum of the Music Festival.”

Pat Nelson, chairwoman of the Mount Dora Music Festival, expressed her enthusiasm for Higgins’ work as well.

“We are very pleased with this exciting image Amanda has created for the festival,” she said. “It perfectly captures music and art!”

The full-scale treble clef will be on display at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts until September 2, 2010. Measuring 55” high by 24” wide, the artistic outdoor sculpture is constructed on PVC board covered in vinyl. The image will serve as a promotional symbol for the Music Festival in the months leading up to the event February 17 – 20, 2011.

The Music Festival awarded Higgins a grand prize package that included a $150 cash honorarium and two VIP tickets to the Saturday night showcase concert. She also received $100 Dora Dollars from the Mount Dora Village Merchants and Business Association, a $100 wine gift basket from Maggie’s Attic, and a $100 gift certificate from Tremain Street Cottages.

The Mount Dora Music Festival in partnership with the Mount Dora Village Merchants and Business Association will continue the ‘Looking for Treble’ contest with a new twist. Phase two invites contestants to go in search of the artistic musical icon to win tickets to the Saturday night concert. Each Friday by 12 noon, from September 3, 2010 until February 11, 2011, ‘Treble’ will move to random locations throughout the village. Contestants are invited to look for ‘Treble’ in various shops, restaurants and businesses. ‘Treble’ can be anywhere on Donnelly Street from 7th to 3rd Avenues and from McDonald to Baker Streets in the downtown corridor.

Clues to each location where ‘Treble’ can be spotted will be highlighted on the Mount Dora Music Fest website (www.mountdoramusicfest.com) and on its Facebook Fan Page at Mount Dora Music Fest – Looking for Treble. For convenience, the same clues will be posted on the entry box by the artwork. The first clue will be posted at the Center for the Arts.

When ‘Treble’ is spotted, contestants must complete an entry form and drop it in the Music Festival Contest box. Each week the entry forms will be picked up and recorded. Contestants are limited to one entry per person/per week and the person with the most number of sightings and qualified entries at the end of the contest will win two general admission tickets to the Saturday night showcase performance of The Lovin’ Spoonful. The concert will be held February 19, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Dora Community Center. The winner and a guest will have special reserved seating and an opportunity to meet the band after the show.

In the event of a tie, there will be a drawing of the top entries. All entries will be saved until after the contest prize has been awarded. The winner of the contest will be notified on Monday, February 14, 2011 by 5:00 pm.
Directors and staff of the Mount Dora Music Festival and their family members are not eligible to enter.

After the contest, ‘Treble’ will be featured during the festival as part of a silent auction and the highest bidder will be announced February 19, 2011 prior to the concert. All proceeds benefit the Mount Dora Music Festival, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that relies on corporate contributions, personal donations and sponsorships. If you would like to gift the Music Festival, become a sponsor or would like more information on festival events, contact executive director Nancy Howell at (352) 383-2627.

The Lovin’ Spoonful Concert tickets are on sale now. If you would like to purchase concert tickets on-line via Paypal visit mountdoramusicfest.com or call the Festival hotline at (352) 385-1010.

Have Fun and Happy Hunting!!!


‘LOOKING FOR TREBLE’: A PUBLIC ART CONTEST
SPONSORED BY THE MOUNT DORA MUSIC FESTIVAL
For Release: July 26, 2010

MOUNT DORA: The Mount Dora Music Festival invites local artists to go ‘Looking For Treble’, in a public art contest. Open to all Lake County artists ages 18 and over, contestants are invited to create a unique artistic vision of a musical treble clef. The winning design will become a promotional image for the upcoming Music Festival to be held February 17-20, 2011. Artists must submit a contest application and two sketches displaying different views of the same treble clef design, including a color rendering noting the weather-resistant materials to be used for the final public art piece, plus a $15.00 non-refundable entry fee. Entries are limited to one per artist and all sketches become the sole property of the festival. Directors, staff and family members of the Mount Dora Music Festival are not eligible to enter.

“This year we’re trying to bridge the gap between music and art by inviting the local art community to design the festival’s promotional image,” explains MDMF president Pat Nelson. “The winning design will be displayed at various locations throughout Mount Dora beginning in September and will remain in the public eye until the festival. During the multi-day event in February, the Treble Clef will be part of a silent auction and the highest bidder will be announced Saturday evening just prior to the headline concert.”

Applications can be obtained during regular business hours at the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, 342 North Alexander Street, or on-line at the festival website, www.mountdoramusicfest.com. The $15 entry fee can be paid either by Paypal, or by check made payable to the Mount Dora Music Festival.

Contest applications, sketches and entry fee must be received or postmarked by Monday, August 9, 2010. Submit on-line to www.mountdoramusicfest.com, drop off at the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce or mail to Mount Dora Music Festival Contest, P.O. Box 712, Mount Dora, Florida 32756.

The designs will be judged by representatives of the Lake County Arts and Cultural Alliance, Mount Dora Village Merchants and Business Association, and Mount Dora Music Festival. Three winners will be chosen and their sketches will be displayed on the festival website at www.mountdoramusicfest.com.

The First Place winner will then bring their sketch to life by creating a 5½ foot high x 24 inch wide public art piece that stands on its own base and weighs a maximum of 25 pounds. All materials are to be provided by the artist and the deadline for delivery of the final art piece is Thursday, August 26, at 4:00 p.m. The winning art piece will be featured as a promotional symbol of the festival in the months leading up to the 2011 event.

On Friday, August 27, at 6 p.m. the contest’s top three designers will be honored at a reception for all entrants at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, 138 East 5th Avenue. Prizes for winners include:

  • First place - $150 cash honorarium and two VIP tickets to the Saturday night concert courtesy of the Mount Dora Music Festival, $100 Dora Dollars Gift Certificate courtesy of the Mount Dora Village Merchants and Business Association, $100 Gift Basket from Maggie’s Attic and $100 Gift Certificate from Tremain Street Cottages;
  • Second Place - $75 cash honorarium and two general admission tickets to the Saturday night concert courtesy of the Mount Dora Music Festival, a Gift Basket of spa products and a $100 Gift Certificate toward any spa package courtesy of Synergy SalonSpa;
  • Third Place - $50 cash honorarium and two general admission tickets to the Saturday night concert courtesy of the Mount Dora Music Festival, and a $50 Gift Certificate for dinner from Pisces Rising Restaurant.

 Proceeds of the event benefit the Mount Dora Music Festival, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that presents a variety of free and ticketed performances, seminars and educational workshops for all economic levels of local residents and visitors to our community.

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