The Music Alliance Pact turns 50 in November 2012, so we are preparing a very special and exclusive post. You can take part of it. I will choose the Finnish representative on that month’s post through a competition, opened up for any Finland based artist or band.
Since Jason, from The Pop Cop in Scotland, started this project in October 2008, artists from nearly 40 countries have shared more than 1500 songs which have been featured in nearly 40 different blogs based in as many nations around the world. Even though Glue would not join the pact until a few months later, I want to participate the celebrations and help preparing the most exclusive MAP post ever.
The plan is that all the MAP blogs will post an exclusive/unreleased/never-heard-before song from their native lands on the November 2012 edition. As this is a Helsinki based blog, Glue will submit a song by artists from, or living in, Finland.
What we’re after is a knockout track that hasn’t been made public before, so whether that’s something recorded specifically for this competition or a song that has never previously been shared with the rest of the world, now’s your chance to get it heard.
How to participate
Just email your mp3 (properly tagged please) no later than 20 October 2012 to email@example.com with the subject title “MAP competition“. The entry that I like the most will be asked to represent Finland. Easy as that.
How does the Music Alliance Pact work?
A group of music blogs from six continents pick their favourite song from their own country and cross-post the entire selection once a month, thereby multiplying the exposure of each artist by the number of blogs in the project, which currently stands at nearly 40. All MAP songs are free, legal downloads.
When is MAP posted?
The 15th of every month.
When did the project begin?
When did Glue join?
Which acts have been part of it?
Hundreds… and often long before they’ve gone on fame and fortune. Here are some you might be familiar with: Admiral Fallow, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Anna Calvi, Ben Howard, Cloud Nothings, Dan Mangan, Here We Go Magic, James Vincent McMorrow, Janelle Monáe, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Lisa Mitchell, Mumford & Sons, Ólafur Arnalds, Phoenix, Sleigh Bells, The Temper Trap, The xx, Twin Shadow, We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Which Finnish acts have been part of it?
Artists of many different genres shared their latest songs since Glue joined MAP. The list of Finnish acts comprises: Delay Trees, TV OFF, Neufvoin, Astrid Swan, Keramick & Lobo, The Capital Beat, Cleaning Women, Rex Willer, Vishnudata, Kiki Pau, Flannelmouth, Kärtsy, Captain Cougar, Kim Curly Band, Pintandwefall, Hi-Horse, Big Wave Riders, 70vierailijaa, The Friend, On Volcano, Moses Hazy, Blackbird, NT’s White Trash, Mummypowder, Satellite Stories, Revival Hymns, The New Tigers, Koria Kitten Riot, The Saturnettes, Zebra And Snake, Greymouth, Black Twig, Cats On Fire, Weepikes, All Will Be Quiet, Minttu & Olli.
Which blogs/countries participate in it?
They’re all listed the bottom of this website, take a peek. The Guardian Music Blog wrote a neat article about MAP before they themselves became part of the project as England’s ambassadors.