On Saturday, March 19th, I was a judge for the Madison Area Music Association Breakthrough Artist of the Year competition. It was a great event and a great experience. I’d like to give a brief overview of the event and then offer a few takeaway impressions and bits of advice.
Madison Area Music Association Competition
The event was held at Full Compass Systems, in their large and very well equipped performance hall. It bears mentioning that the space was designed and built by Full Compass specifically to provide a free venue for local non-profit groups like MAMA, which in turn uses all proceeds to provide music education and instruments to local schoolchildren. It’s a good cause. And it was fun to browse around Full Compass’s retail store before the show – Jonathan Lipp has a very cool collection of microphones and vintage gear on display. It also warmed my heart a bit to see a pristine Studer A800 tape machine in one of the studio rooms – a legendary piece of recording equipment, to be sure.