KekoaShekinahLove to sing, play an instrument, slam poetry, do magic tricks, stand-up comedy, karaoke, act, dance – hula? Come perform (or just watch) at The Music Club of University of Hawaii – Maui College open mic on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 5 – 8 pm, Student Lounge. UHMC students, staff and faculty are invited along with the entire Maui community. All talents, All ages. Free admission and food. Please bring food to share. This is a family event and all kinds of talent found in Maui. “So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and is not for family.” says Karyn Sarring faculty advisor to the Music Club. “This is the fourth year of hosting open mics where people come with their families. We wanted to showcase all the different talents in our community. Also, all our music performance classes participate including the Institute of Hawaiian Music students and guest performers too!”

In addition to the Open Mic, the Music Club, in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Songwriting Festival, will hold a songwriting contest from 7-9 PM that will follow the Open Mic. The winner of this contest will receive a scholarship to the 2016 Hawai‘i Songwriting Festival, to be held on Hawai‘i island from June 16-18, 2016. “The Hawai‘i Songwriter’s Festival brings internationally-known songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and music supervisors for TV shows and movies to Hawai‘i to help aspiring songwriters and recording artists make valuable contacts in the recording industry,” said Dr. Keola Donaghy, faculty coordinator of Music Studies at UHMC. “Many previous attendees of this event and its predecessor, the Kauai Music Festival, have had their music place in TV, movies, and commercials, and received publishing contracts.” Donaghy noted that the scholarship covers the cost of the event itself, but does not include travel, accommodations or any other expenses.

Neither the Open Mic nor the Songwriting contest require advanced registration; however, performers are expected to arrive early to sign up for a performance slot. Individuals interested in competing for the scholarship to the Hawai‘i Songwriting Festival must be prepared to submit a copy of their original composition in advance and perform it between 7 and 8:30PM on April 13, 2016. The number of participants in the songwriting contest will be determined by the time available.

Please email donaghy@hawaii.edu or call 808-984-3570 for any information. For more information about Music Studies at UH Maui College, please visit our website at http://maui.hawaii.edu/music.

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Please e-mail sarring@hawaii.edu or call 808 205-1241 for any information.