Bull City Music Awards expands
Eric Monte, who has written scripts for the film “Cooley High,” and television shows “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons,” will be honored for his work at the 2nd annual Bull City Music Awards.
Monte is currently raising money to produce his new play “If They Come Back,” and organizers of the awards ceremony reached out to Monte to pay tribute to his work and to draw attention to his new project, said Darrell Parker, who is chief executive of promotions for the Bull City Music Group, which is presenting the awards.
This year’s awards ceremony will have appearances and performances by actors Tony Grant (“Love Thy Neighbor”), Trisha Mann Grant (“The Clean Up Woman”) and musician Jam Master J’son (Jason Mizell Jr.). A portion of the proceeds from the award ceremony will go to help the Durham School of the Arts purchase a grand piano, Parker said.
This year’s ceremony has expanded from the inaugural year. The awards ceremony will be Sunday, but the full three-day event begins today with a free cookout from 1 to 6 p.m. at 304 Muldee St., with a DJ. This year’s event also will have a seminar for musicians who are seeking to break into the music business. The seminar will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Playground Studios at 1500 E. Club Blvd. (The seminar costs $100. For details, visit www.bullcitymusicgroup.com.)
The seminar will cover everything from artist and repertory work, taxes, financial management, production and other topics, Parker said.
Formed in 2012, the Bull City Music Group seeks to connect local artists with producers and record labels, Parker said. Bull City hopes to sign its first artist and release a recording in the fall, he said.
With the awards ceremony, Bull City Music wants to centralize Durham’s music scene and give it national recognition, Parker said. He points to ReverbNation, founded in Durham, and the increase in local music venues as reasons to be hopeful about that level of recognition. Parker is a producer, songwriter, manager, and does artist and repertory work.
This year’s event will award musicians in the genres of R&B, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, rock, bluegrass, spoken word and other styles. The Bull City Music Awards has focused on local musicians, recording companies and other venues. The awards are multi-genre. “This is about the whole full-blown spectrum,” Parker said. “We want to make sure that this is extended to anyone who wants to come.”
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: 2nd annual Bull City Music Awards
WHEN: Main awards are Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Durham School of the Arts
ADMISSION: To purchase tickets and for information, visit www.bullcitymusicgroup.com.