Billboard, Knitting Factory Form 'Underground' Pact
In an effort to uncover new talent, Billboard and the Knitting Factory have established a series of unsigned artist showcases for top tier industry tastemakers.In an effort to uncover new talent, Billboard and the Knitting Factory have established a series of unsigned artist showcases for top tier industry tastemakers. The Billboard Underground, which has recently showcased Lourds, Tina Sugandh, Roadside Graves, Geoff Byrd and Bandcamp, has lined up a July 26 New York showcase for Australian-bred hard-rock act Doomfoxx.
"The goal is to get good music exposed to the people who can take a musician to the next level," says Billboard co-executive editor Tamara Conniff. "We're thrilled to lend our resources to this valuable endeavor."
Showcasing artists are selected by Billboard's editorial staff and Conniff for performances at Knitting Factory clubs in New York and Los Angeles.
Starting in the fall, graduate students interested in the music business will be invited to attend the Billboard Underground, Live at the Knitting Factory concert series for a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry.
"We are thrilled to have Billboard as a partner in the creation of this fantastic platform for nurturing up and coming talent," says Jared Hoffman, president of Knitting Factory Entertainment. "As the monitor of the American recording industry, Billboard's voice carries great weight. We welcome their commitment to stepping out and standing behind the best in emerging talent."