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Title: Wanna help judge music an online music comp like I did? Read on (promptly)
Posted: July 25, 2009 (08:45 PM)
Earlier in my blog somewhere is my entry about helping judge the JPF (Just Plain Folks) music awards. You can sign on to do this as a music fan - IE not in the industry, or even in JPF. The awards are in very late stage now and they are looking for more judges. If the idea appeals (or you don't know what I'm talking about) please re-read my earlier blog entry on my experience so you get an idea of what's involved. You will probably be able to choose some or all of the genres you want to vote on. I don't know when the cut off is, so if you're interested, you should check it out soon.

Starting at this late stage, you may have less music to vet than I did, but I couldn't guarantee it. All I would say is - don't enter into this lightly. It's a very big task with a ton of instructions to follow, that you need to read and absorb first, then a looooooooot of music to listen to and sort in an online juke. It's a big time commitment and I found making decisions quite challenging. But if you're up for it, you should find it rewarding.

Pasted below is the email I received the other day with initial links and info:


Hi JPF Members,

We are now in the final stretch of judging to choose the winners for the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards. Last time around we had over 8000 judges involved and we'd love to pass that number with your help this year. We use 3 distinct groups of judges: Music Industry Professionals, Musician and Songwriter Peers and Music Fans who are impartial and not connected to a nominee in the categories they judge.

This is OUR collective awards and they are the largest in the history of the world this year. Help us by choosing your favorite music. Our only criteria for judging is: Does the music move you? If you'd like to be part of the judging process, we'd really appreciate your participation!

Here’s the link to register:

Want to come to the awards show?

August 29th, 2009, Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN, 5PM-11PM

Nominees scheduled to perform include: Gretchen Peters, Jeff Oster & Michael Manring, Sekou (tha Misfit), Kou Chou Ching, Rebecca Zapen, Lafayette’s Bayou Boys, Russell Smith & The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Eric Schwartz, Gravity 180, Jasmine Cain, Stephen Bennett, Bob Malone and 18 more to be announced soon! We also have a Pre-Awards Showcase on Friday, August 28th at BB Kings in Nashville featuring even more great nominees live!

Want to join us in Nashville? Here’s a link to all the info you need:

Did you miss the nominations? Find both Album and Song nominees here:

Thanks also to our sponsors: TAXI, Ourstage, CD Baby and Disc Makers!

Thanks in advance for being a part of OUR awards and for helping prove "We're All In This Together!"


Brian Austin Whitney
Just Plain Folks Music Organization

Posted: July 27, 2009 (03:57 AM)
I'd like to have a go, but the commitment thing scares me. Maybe next year.

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