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The Ultimate Music Award Competition

Participate in this challenging music award competition and show everyone what you got! Are you up for the challenge? Entries start March 1st, 2023!

Spenser Spirit Music Award

Are you ready to put your musical skills to the test? Enter this challenging music award competition and prove that you are the best of the best. Show off your creativity and show everyone what you can do. Enter by March 1st, 2023 for a chance to win an award and recognition!

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The Spenser Spirit Music Award is in honor of local musician Spenser Spirit Hogans. Spenser passed away at the young age of 29. This award has been created with the help of Spenser's family, to inspire young musicians, to be creative and pursue their dreams through music. A message from Spenser's Mom Tracey Hogans: I know that Spenser would have loved to be a part of Making Music Matter for Kids and my hope is that this award will inspire the recipients to not only pursue their dreams but give them the chance to recognize those dreams. Sincerely Spenser's Mom Tracey Hogans

Register for the Competition.

To begin, you must register for the competition. Registration is simple and only takes a few minutes. All you will need to do is provide basic information about yourself as well as your email address and phone number. Once you have registered, you will be ready to submit your entry and compete for the awards!

Eligibility Requirement: Children under the age of 18 years old living in North East Pennsylvania. Children must complete an application that includes an inspiring video of a guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums and a 250-word essay on their passion for music.  Recipients chosen will receive one year of weekly guitar, bass, keyboard, or drum lessons. Award valued at $1,200.

Know the Guidelines and Rules of the Award.

As a participant in the music award competition, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the guidelines and rules of the awards. These rules will determine what kind of music you can submit, how long it can be, and other criteria that will affect your overall success in the competition. Be sure to carefully read all of the guidelines so you won’t accidentally break any rules!

Prepare Your Music Submission. 

Get your music submission ready and ensure that it meets all of the criteria outlined in the competition guidelines. When you’re creating or recording your music, make sure to use high-quality equipment and take the time to make sure everything is just right. You may want to consider having an industry professional listen to or review your submission before sending it in, as this could help you spot any potential issues with sound quality or composition.

Participate in Multiple Genres.

Participating in this award competition is a great way to challenge yourself and try something new. Why not take the opportunity to submit entries in multiple genres? By participating in multiple genres you can showcase your range and versatility as an artist, which could help you stand out from other competitors. Doing so can also provide a boost of confidence, as it will allow you to discover your strengths and weaknesses while developing a unique sound.

Connect With Industry Leaders in Social Media Platforms.

One of the best ways to give yourself a boost in any music award competition is to connect and collaborate with industry leaders. There are plenty of social media platforms that specialize in connecting musicians, producers, engineers and other industry professionals. Use this opportunity to network with well-known artists, sound professionals, and anyone else who could potentially provide useful insight into the production or performance of your music. Doing so can help raise your profile and get your name out there!

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About  Spenser Spirit Hogans

Everyone that knew Spenser, would agree that he was a man of music and poetry, his love of art was deep and passionate and he could usually be found either writing some new music or doodling/writing poetry in one of his many notebooks.

Spenser's love of music started at a very early age. Playing his first "guitar" at 2 years old and the piano at "Grandma Presh's" house. After that, there was no stopping him! He learned to play the violin, clarinet, guitar, drums, and bass.

He and his friends started a band called "One Word Mary" in his garage in their very early teens. That band became "Three Man Cannon" and were together until Spenser's passing. He was asked a lot to sit in and or open up for bands including The Menzingers, Cherry, and Tigers Jaw.  He wrote his own songs and put out solo albums under the names "Spider Kingdom" and "Early Animator" touring the United States and Europe.

Spenser was not only a great musician, singer, and songwriter, he was an inspiration to other musicians and encouraged them to be creative. Even if he didn't know them personally, he went out of his way to be supportive. Many people would not have kept pursuing their dreams if not for Spenser".

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