Monday, October 15, 2007

Music Plus People and the fight against AIDS

My musical career will never take off. Anyone who knows me knows that I am extremely un-musical. (Is that a word?) That doesn't stop me from liking music of all kinds - currently 'the music of the doors' the marching band music for this year. I'd be hard pressed to pick one favorite kind of music. Or even seven or eight...
I just signed up with IndieMV - Music+People - a music video based social network. Mostly I wanted to check out their new video contest. The contest is helping to spread awareness about UNICEF's Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign. It looks like a fun contest, with a purpose. Contestants will be able to take audio files, video clips, and still images provided by the contest website, combine them with some of their own, and create their own 30-60 second video to show how they feel about HIV/AIDS affecting children around the world, and the hope that UNICEF provides. There are some nice prizes, and the top 3 videos will be played at the Unite Against AIDS Concert on November 28, 2007 in Montreal.

From what I can tell, this contest is open to Canadians, but I think anyone can vote, until November 15 when the contest closes. So join IndieMV, find some music and videos, connect with some people who like the same kinds of music, and vote for your favorite contest video.

Press Release: Launches and Partners With UNICEF for Upcoming, Star-Studded, 'Unite Against AIDS' Benefit Concert

Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan and Others to Perform at UNICEF AIDS Benefit Concert as IndieMV Provides Music-Video Based Contests to Promote Awareness

NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IndieMV Media Group announced today the official launch of the Company's web site and shared details about their recent partnership with UNICEF to provide music-video based contests surrounding the upcoming "Unite Against AIDS" benefit concert on November 28, 2007., is a video-based website that has been designed to connect independent music artists, fans, and labels through social networking. The website is not only a video marketplace for musicians but also a social networking service for students, music lovers, and users that simply want to connect. Services to users are based around networking tools such as video blogging (or 'vlogging'), private web-cam messaging, photo sharing, as well as access to music videos, interviews, and much more. Services to musicians include digital distribution with revenue share on video downloads along with access to all user-based features.

IndieMV also offers users a new technology called 'Sliders'. Sliders are an advanced tagging system that allows users to easily search content on a more personalized level. It is a filtering system that each user can customize to their personal interests and preferences.

Concurrent with the website launch, the Company is also pleased to announce their new relationship with UNICEF surrounding music-video based contests that have been organized to help promote their upcoming "Unite Against AIDS" benefit concert in Montreal, Canada on November 28, 2007, as well as promote independent music while spreading awareness for the "Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS" campaign. IndieMV will be hosting a music-video contest in conjunction with UNICEF. It has been designed to give youth the opportunity to share their impressions and thoughts on issues regarding AIDS and its effect on the world. UNICEF will provide audio tracks and visual footage, and IndieMV will provide the platform for uploading, viewing, and voting for the music videos. Over the next couple of months, the Company's campus development efforts will carry the UNICEF message and encourage thousands to support the campaign and to build their scene on

Confirmed feature performers already include headliner Avril Lavigne, Grammy Award winner Sarah McLachlan, Corneille, Marie-Mai, Angelique Kidjo, and DJ Dino Lenny, as well as the winner of the IndieMV "Unite" band contest. Net proceeds from the concert will benefit UNICEF's international 'Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS' campaign, which is the largest ever mounted to bring the world's attention to the global impact of HIV and AIDS on children and young people. Please visit for more details surrounding the contests and concert.