Chicago, IL (May 18, 2004)–Shipwreck Union, a soulful Detroit rock band, won the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series (IMWS) Midwest showcase held last Thursday at The Elbo Room in Chicago. As the grand prize-winner, Shipwreck Union takes home over $35,000 in prizes, including recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipment, and more, and earns the title as the Top Independent Act in the Midwest.
“We are thrilled,” said front man Nick Lucassian. “Our only goal tonight was to play our hearts out and give the fans and industry guests a great show. Winning didn’t even enter our minds. We cannot thank Disc Makers and the sponsors enough for this opportunity, and the other five finalists for making this such a special event.”
Shipwreck Union was one of six finalists competing before a panel of twelve judges, including representatives from Billboard Magazine, Universal, ASCAP, NARAS, Future Entertainment, and the Chicago Tribune. Over 1,000 unsigned bands and independent artists submitted entries for the Midwest region of the IMWS.
Produced by Disc Makers, the nation’s leading CD manufacturer for independent musicians, the IMWS is a live music showcase series, giving musicians a unique opportunity to showcase their talents, make valuable industry contacts, and compete for over $35,000 in recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipment, and more. The showcase is judged by music industry executives, media, and celebrities, and features live performances from the six finalists.
“Disc Makers prides itself on helping indie artists succeed, and the IMWS is just one of the great things we do to help them get to the next level,” stated Tony van Veen, vice president of sales & marketing at Disc Makers.
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