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Youth Artists and Youth Music Advocates, Diane Young, Joe Graham, Receive Awards
In it’s fourth year of recognizing exceptional youth musicians, the Pavoh Music Awards gathers every February at the Hard Rock Cafe to highlight original youth music and recognize the best and the most promising in New England. Pavoh is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that aims to to provide young people with accessible music opportunities that drive artistic growth and empower self-expression.
For the first time, Pavoh will also recognize local youth music advocates Diane Young, of Rock Off Main Street at The Center for The Arts Natick, and Joe Graham, Producer of The New England Music Awards, who align with the organization’s mission and improve the music scene’s accessibility to youth musicians.
This year's six Pavoh Music Awards finalists were chosen from entrants under the age of 21, who submitted their music on www.pavoh.org between June and October 2016. They compete live for the titles Best Band, Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Performance today at the Pavoh Music Awards Show at the Hard Rock Cafe Boston on Sunday February 26, 2017 between 5-8pm. Tickets are $20 at the door. Kids are free.
The Pavoh Music Awards finalists were chosen by a selection panel of musicians and youth music industry experts who were looking for originality, musicality and promise. Four singer-songwriters were selected including: Lydia Barnes from New Hampshire; Gracelyn Rennick from Rhode Island; Julia Russo from Connecticut; and Ava Suppelsa from Massachusetts. Two bands were also chosen: Moment of Clarity and TOS, both from Massachusetts. All will compete for the titles: Best Singer Songwriter; Best Band; Best Performance. Pavoh Music Awards winners receive: Cash, Gift Certificates, Special appearances, and exclusive gigs. Thanks to sponsors and donors: All You Got Tour, INDIE SCENE RADIO, Boston Youth Music and Arts Festival, Music Go Round Boston.
New England music industry volunteers judge the Pavoh Music Awards live performances and include:
Pavoh Music Awards Youth Music Advocate, Diane Young is the Founder and Director of Rock Off Main Street at The Center for the Arts (TCAN) in Natick, MA providing 850 young bands and solo artists much needed opportunity to share their songs in a venue they where they feel respected and affirmed. At 20 years old, Rock Off Main Street is arguably the longest running all-ages venue for local teen and young adult bands. Young’s goal has always been to give youth a platform: “to take their eclectic mix of music out of their basements and put it on stage where it belongs, performing for their peers.” When her son Neil was fourteen and his first rock band was ready to play outside my basement she realized there was no place for a young band to play. At the same time The Center for Arts in Natick just opened and she approached the director about an event that would showcase teenage musicians.
Joe Graham, Co-Founder and Producer of The New England Music Awards, scheduled for April 29, 2017 at Showcase LIVE, Foxboro, MA, is the second recipient of the Pavoh Music Awards Youth Music Advocate Award. The New England Music Awards are presented every year to the musicians who call New England their home and whose dedication, spirit, and achievements over the last year have without a doubt established them as a contributing force to the most robust and diverse music scene in the country. The NEMA nominating committee represents all six New England states and every awards category. Not only does Graham donate his time to serve on the Pavoh Music Awards Selection Committee and as a Judge at the Awards event, but also was integral to founding the Pavoh Music Awards (formerly the RADAR Award) and continues to highlight youth bands and musicians giving them unique access to the New England music scene.
PAST AWARD WINNERS: The 2016 winners included: Rodolfo Arteaga, latin/pop singer-songwriter from Massachusetts, James MacPherson, singer-songwriter and Bosaii Trees band from Connecticut, and Playing With Fire, female-fronted rock band from Massachusetts.
The 2015 winners included: Lizzy Marella, (now using the name Elytta) singer-songwriter from New Hampshire (placed on the Official Ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy in the following categories: Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album), The Brazen Youth, an alternative rock duo from Connecticut (nominated for a 2016 NEMA Award), and 21st Century Fugitives, (the youngest band to ever compete in the Boston Rock and Roll Rumble) a classic rock group with a modern edge from Massachusetts.
The 2014 winners included: The Cranks from Massachusetts, Closer Than We Appear from Massachusetts, and The Meadows Brothers from Connecticut, who later won a 2015 NEMA Award for Best in Connecticut.
Learn more about Pavoh and the Pavoh Music Awards at www.pavoh.org. Learn more about TCAN and Rock Off Main Street at www.natickarts.org/rock-main-street#tcan. Learn more about The New England Music Awards at www.nemusicawards.com/ .