Mar 31, 2014
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Arts & Entertainment

Star on the Web Goes Live to Get Connecticut Musicians Discovered; Other Talent Too

Star on the Web Goes Live to Get Connecticut Musicians Discovered; Other Talent Too
Star On The Web, the new Connecticut online talent competition we profiled in the story below, launched at midnight April 1, offering a venue for up-and-coming singers, musicians, comedians, dancers and other talent. Its Facebook page is also up and running, and it has been featured online elsewhere, and on WFSB's show "Better Connecticut."
"Connecticut's Place to Get Discovered" is live and looking for talent. If you have it, share it!

 

Big name talent shows like American Idol, The Voice and The X-Factor all claim the ability to find the next breakthrough musical sensation, but how likely is the win really? Thousands of talented hopefuls try out, and most of them are rejected in rounds before they ever hit the television screen.

Would you prefer to be a big fish is a small pond or aspire to make a splash in the big pond but probably not get to swim very far, if at all?

New Haven resident and advertising creative director Stephen Nevard believes you should choose the small pond (Connecticut in this case) and he will give state residents that chance when he launches his talent website, Star On The Web, on April 1.

It promises to be the state’s premier online talent competition for performers of all ages. Musicians, as soloists and in groups, along with dancers and comedians, will be judged against others in their fields vying for the top spot in the state.

“We truly hope to inspire young performers to follow their dreams and come to our site, with a real chance to be discovered,” Nevard said in an email. “If we can get even one Connecticut teen off the streets and onto our site, we will have made an important difference.”

“But this site is not just for young performers,” he assured. “It's a chance for grandpa to show off his singing ability in front of family and the grandkids. It's a place for would-be comedians to get the break they've been praying for … . It's a place where that next great guitarist or pianist can show the world their chops.”

People will be able to take their destinies into their own hands by uploading 90-second videos (through credits costing $1) during the first 15 days of each month.

During the second half of the month, the power is given to the general public to view and vote for their favorite videos. (Terry Eldh, one of the expert judges, above.)

While the public picks monthly winners, the competition continues as expert judges analyze three months’ worth of winners to select the best of the best from that quarter.

Prizes are available at each phase, including opportunities to give live performances and free recording sessions.

Quarterly finalists will get the opportunity to compete in a live performance semifinals and finals show at Comix at Foxwoods Resort Casino in January 2015. Nevard hopes to broadcast the finals as a live Webcast.

The grand prize is a one-year talent management contract with a value of $10,000 or more provided by promotional sponsor ArMuEnt, a talent management division of Digimed Group in Darien.

According to a press release, that contract will include “promotional electronic materials for 12 months, a lifestyle photo shoot and portfolio, a personalized website with hosting and registration, social media promotions, an original video recording session with editing and a 5-minute documentary-style episode of Actual Magazine.”

Broadway performer and dancer Dodie Pettit will serve as Dancers Judge, record producer Vic Steffens has signed on as the Bands Judge, musician Rex Fowler of the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step will be Musicians Judge, AJ of WPLR and the Chaz & AJ Show (below) will be the Comedians Judge and opera and Broadway performer Terry Eldh will be the “Singers Judge.”

Comedian Kevin Fitzgerald (above) has agreed to be the site host and will feature different videos each month.

A media launch party is being held at The Poli Club of the Palace Theatre in Waterbury on March 24 to create a buzz for the website.

In advance of the launch, hopes are already high for the success and impact. Governor Dannel P. Malloy has even commented on the potential of Star On The Web.

“As a Connecticut small business poised for growth, I look forward to watching ‘Star On The Web’ become a household name and expand its reach across the country,” he said in a statement.

While this initiative is starting in his home state – and was inspired by his own daughter, who had dreams of being a musical theater performer when she was young – Nevard hopes to replicate the model for talented locals in other states.

But that’s a ways off. Nevard has been focused on getting’s Connecticut’s version off the ground by getting sponsors, a site host, prizes, venues and the judges lined up for the launch. (Right, Rex Fowler)

As the name suggests, Star On The Web’s primary purpose is to discover the next star within the state, but Nevard also has designed the website to provide participants with advice, recommendations and connections that can help them even if they don’t win the grand prize.

 A forum has been built into the homepage where Connecticut performers can network with others from around the state and the country. People can post audition notices, exchange tips, discuss videos and more.

Enabling talented Connecticut residents to “share their dreams, boost each other’s morale and enhance their dedication to the performance arts” is a big part of what Nevard is trying to do with this project.

It all begins on the first of April. While the site isn’t active yet, people can browse and get more information by going to starontheweb.com.

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Star on the Web Goes Live to Get Connecticut Musicians Discovered; Other Talent Too

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