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Carole King to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Legendary singer-songwriter Carole King has been selected to receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song – becoming the first woman to receive this honor. In a music career spanning five decades, more than four hundred of her songs have been recorded by up to one thousand recording artists, with at least a hundred hit singles between them. Her 1971 album, Tapestry, sold twenty-five million copies worldwide and contained a host of unforgettable hit songs such as You've Got a Friend, I Feel the Earth Move, So Far Away and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

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Youth Mentorship Program at Mullum Music Festival

One of the highlights of the upcoming Mullumbimby Music Festival (22-25 November 2012) is the Youth Mentorship program which give rising young stars the opportunity to perform on stage and be mentored by an experienced musician in their chosen genre. The 2012 winners of the program were recently announced, having being chosen by youth mentorship judges Norman Parkhill of Source Music and Chloe Goodyear from Woodford Folk Festival. With more than 100 entries from talented young musicians to choose from, the judges no doubt had a tough time whittling the contestants down until the finalists of the five categories were chosen.

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Country Music Association Salutes Achievers

Country music's biggest annual event, the Country Music Association Awards have been taking place since 1967, with Eddy Arnold receiving the first award for Entertainer of the Year. In 2012, Blake Shelton received that honor, while scooping up the award for Male Vocalist and sharing the Song of the Year award with his wife, Miranda Lambert, who also received the award for Female Vocalist of the year. The award-winning country music star revealed that the award he shares with his wife for the song Over You is particularly meaningful, as it is about his brother Richie who died in a car accident fifteen years ago, noting that for him as a songwriter, the song is about as personal as he could get.

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Motown: The Musical on Broadway in 2013

Founded by Berry Gordy in 1959, Motown Records was the driving force behind discovering and promoting a host of music legends, including the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and The Supremes, the Miracles, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Now Berry Gordon is taking the magic to Broadway with Motown: The Musical, with previews beginning on March 11, 2013, and the show running from April 14 to June 22 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. The show will feature the music and rise to fame stories of many of the early Motown superstars and the role Gordy played in their success.

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Musicians Honor John Cage on Centenary of his Birth

In the week of September 5, 2012, celebrations were held in a number of venues across the world in honor of the centenary of the birth of John Cage – an American composer, music theorist, artist and writer who was considered to be ahead of his time in the music world and who gathered a devoted following of fans throughout his career and beyond. He was a pioneer in a range of music genres and concepts, including the use of musical instruments in unconventional ways and electroacoustic music. Together with long-time partner Merce Cunningham, John Cage also influenced the development of modern dance.

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