Linkin Park’s Mike Shindoa Signs on for ‘Centerstage Powered by Grammy Amplifier’

2013-02-12

Story by Anne Erickson

Linkin Park are set to participate in the new ‘Centerstage Powered by Grammy Amplifier’ initiative

Linkin Park rapper and multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda wants young artists to have a chance to be heard. Shinoda has been tapped to participate in a new initiative from the Recording Academy to help emerging artists reach their dreams. Specifically, he’ll serve on a panel for the “Centerstage Powered by Grammy Amplifier” program, which will pick three new artists to score prizes that will assist them in hopefully scoring a Grammy one day.

Artists and bands are asked to submit their music to the Grammy Amplifier website for consideration, and the winners will score a recording session with a Grammy-winning producer or the opportunity to work with a big-named director for a music video. Winners will also have the shot to open on a major tour or music festival, so the stakes are high.

“The line between professional musician and amateur has completely vanished,” Shinoda told Billboard.biz. “People at any level can now have a successful career as musicians. This project is the Academy’s way of adapting to those changes.”

The program will announce three winners at this year’s South by Southwest music festival, which happens March 12 through 17 in Austin, Texas. For more information on the program, visit the Grammy Amplifier website.




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