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WNYC's The Greene Space Presents Battle of the Boroughs

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A Call For New York City's Best Undiscovered Talent

Artists and Performers Compete to Win the Opportunity for a Exclusive Concert Inside The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space New York, NY -- With shows such as New Sounds, Soundcheck, and Spinning on Air, WNYC Radio has long been a destination for discovering new music. But this spring, WNYC and The Greene Space the stations new street-level, state of the art performance venue in Lower Manhattan turn the tables, calling for New York City to present its best undiscovered talent in a BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS!

BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS, emceed by WQXR/Q2 host Terrance McKnight, is a talent showcase for the bands and ensembles, instrumentalists, singers, DJs, spoken word artists and performance artists of all genres that New Yorkers need to know about.

Each First Friday of the month, beginning in March, five to six acts from a select borough will perform in front of a live studio audience, duking it out for a spot in the Battles semi-final round. From there, one act from each borough will compete in the Ultimate Battle to win their own exclusive concert.

The winners will be selected by both the live studio audience and the online audience watching via live webcast. Online voting will be available for 48 hours. Borough winners will be posted on wnyc.org/thegreenespace the following Monday at 4pm EST.

For the Ultimate Battle, the winner will be selected by a luminary panel of judges, including WNYC radio host JOHN SCHAEFER, award-winning hip hop producer RIK CORDERO, and OPUS 3 ARTISTS management representative Nicole Hearn, among other distinguished artists and industry insiders. The final winner will be awarded with a featured concert in The Greene Space, which includes a live webcast, a professional photo shoot, and HD-DVD and CD of their performance.



Audiences can support their borough during the following First Fridays Performances in The Greene Space:

March 5: Brooklyn
April 2: Manhattan
April 30: The Bronx
May 7: Staten Island
June 4: Queens
June TBD: The Ultimate Battle: Winners from Each Borough Compete for the Top Prize

Summer 2010: Final Winners featured concert in The Greene Space

Interested musicians, artists and performers may sign up and read contest rules at wnyc.org/thegreenespace/battle.



Tickets for all events will be on sale at the site beginning February 22. The Greene Space is located at 44 Charlton Street (at Varick) in Manhattan.

WNYC Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC FM, WNYC AM, and WQXR, as well as wnyc.org and wqxr.org. As America's most listened-to AM/FM public radio stations, reaching more than one million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City's sole classical music station, which presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC produces content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the stations street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about WNYC visit our website.

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