Thursday, September 1, 2011

TAP UPDATE: Press Releases and Publicity

PUBLICITY: Publicity announcing The American Prize finalists, runners-up, winners (and in some cases, semi-finalists) has been recently featured in a number of national publications, especially online. Not every competition is found on every site (many are content-specific, others make an editorial choice about what to publicize) but among online resources where stories about The American Prize contestants have appeared are Musical America, ChoralNet, League of American Orchestras, OrchestraList, National Forum for the Classical Singer, SingersLink, VocalList, and many more. Names of all winners, finalists and semi-finalists may always be found on this blog (use the archive feature in the right-hand column to search for a specific competition.)

If you know of additional national online resources to whom we can send finalist and winner information, especially in the areas of voice, composition and piano, we will add them to the list. Please email us:

PRESS RELEASES: Personalized press releases about winners and runners-up (and in some cases, finalists and semi-finalists) have been sent to the literally hundreds of local media contacts provided by The American Prize contestants. We are delighted that these announcements have generated tens of thousands of webpages about the success of our applicants. Within about a week, a copy of each personalized press release will be forwarded to the contestant. Feel free to share it with more contacts with whom you wish to share your news. We do always recommend you contact your personal media list to be sure the information we sent was received (and did not find its way to a spam folder.)

If you need a generic press release to create your own announcement, we are happy to provide one, please email us.

Although many contestants have already downloaded our logo and official seal for use in programs, publicity and online, each contestant at the semi-final level or higher will receive these materials via email.

THE AMERICAN PRIZE GIFTS: Our new catalog of The American Prize gifts (popular with individual contestants as well as with conductors and members of ensembles) is available on our website and will soon be emailed. Featuring specially-designed The American Prize polos, tees, tote bags, mugs, lapel and dress pins, signature batons, all available nowhere else, proceeds from the sale of The American Prize gifts directly support the non-profit competitions. Look for a FREE SHIPPING code to be posted on our Facebook page soon—but good for only a limited time.

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