Louisiana Music Prize just keeps getting bigger and better. And we don't expect anything less out of this year.

It's that time again. Time for Louisiana Music Prize and a chance for one musical act to win $5,000 and more! Here are the deets, straight from the source.

From Louisiana Music Prize:

Louisiana Music Prize Kicks off With Winner’s Showcase

Louisiana Music Prize Launches March 8th with Soul Track Mind and AJ Haynes

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, La. – The Louisiana Music Prize (LAMP), in association with the Grammys, Blade Studios and Shepherd Entertainment, announced today that Music Prize 2015 will launch with a performance by the winner of the Music Prize 2014, Soultrack Mind. The Music Prize kickoff will be at Bears on Fairfield on Sunday, March 8 from 6pm-10pm. AJ Haynes, Music Prize 2013’s winner, recently signed by Fat Possum records, will open the evening. This event is open to the public with a $5 cover, and attending bands will be able to register for the Music Prize for free.

Since winning Music Prize 2014, Soultrack Mind has added new conquests including the Chevy Main Stage at the Texas State Fair and the Governor's Inaugural Ball opening for Pat Green and Lady Antebellum. They've also been busy writing new songs to record with Brady Blade and Music Prize judge Boo Mitchell (Royal Studios). While they are in Shreveport, STM will record two new songs at Blade Studios.

"Winning that prize was such a huge honor," said STM frontman Donovan Keith. "The money is great, but the thing we're most excited about is that this will keep us motivated to write more new songs. Working with Brady Blade and Boo Mitchell is going to be another massive honor and step up for us." The LAMP-generated recordings will be produced as an EP with expected release later in 2015.

The Louisiana Music Prize is a music competition where Music Prize judges choose five bands to compete in Shreveport for a grand prize of over $5,000 cash and a recorded EP with the world-famous Blade Studios. The competition is open to bands from all over the country.

“While it started as a raucous opening party for the Louisiana Film Prize, the Music Prize has become a world-class showcase for amazing music,” said Gregory Kallenberg, executive director of the Louisiana Music Prize. “The Music Prize has become an important indicator that the power, spirit and the energy of indie music is alive and well.”

In 2014, thanks to local music guru Ken Shepherd, the Music Prize partnered with Grammys and expanded their mission to also include music business education and networking opportunities to musicians. Music Prize U will return to Music Prize 2015 and will have an expanded presence at the fest. This will be open and free to all musicians.

“It’s amazing to be able to work with the Grammys again,” said Kallenberg. “We believe that Music Prize U really helped elevate the talent in northwest Louisiana and allowed them to interface with an incredible mix of music professionals.”

Submissions for the Louisiana Music Prize are now being accepted at www.LaMusicPrize.com. The Louisiana Music Prize 2015 will open with Music Prize University on September 30, followed by Music Prize from October 1-2.

Contact Sabrina Adsit 318-213-6437 or visit www.LaMusicPrize.com to enter and learn more information about the La. Music Prize.

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