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Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 – by Tom Conklin

We recently received a few submissions, but still not as many as we would like. Therefore we have decided to once again extend the deadline of our submission period to Saturday, July 8th (11:59 pm).
Please help us to spread awareness of the opioid addiction crisis and benefits area treatment facilities.
We are looking for original songs by Berkshire songwriters on the theme of addiction for a live event in Pittsfield in October 2017. Beset by the crisis for many months and years while facing diminished funding for prevention and treatment, the region is in need of support. Event proceeds will benefit an area treatment/Recovery facility that we will announce soon. This is so important and we could really use your help.
Five (5) original songs chosen according to specified criteria (see below). Selected songs will be performed live at the event and recorded at an area studio (CD sold at the event, with proceeds benefitting treatment facilities). Writers whose songs are not used will be offered free tickets to the event and mention in the event program. In order to be able to do a CD for the event, we need a certain number of submissions, so please spread the word to your songwriting friends.
DETAILS: Songs must be…
• written by a writer living or working in the Berkshire region
• on theme(s) of addiction
• any genre
• lyric sheet + song demo required: Recording must be in .mp3 format
• simple guitar/vocal OR piano/vocal demo fine (“polished” demo not needed, but we do need to “hear” the song and singer clearly)
• submitted and received by Tuesday, July 1st, by 11:59 pm by email (attach lyrics and demo as separate attachments)
• include in the text of the email: name, local address, cell phone, and email address
• emailed to: info@boom413.com
• Writers maintain all copyrights to the original composition.
• Clear message / tone
• Original take on story, theme
• Strong craft (structure, lyrics, melody, harmonics, etc.)
• Other factors apply, such as a diversity of material and genres


Ep. 2 of BOOM TV features Chad Tarves…

Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 – by Tom Conklin

Episode 02 of BOOM TV is on the air and streaming! The show airs in its regular slot on PCTV’s Access Pittsfield channel on Fridays at 9:30 pm and will occasionally be shown in other bonus time slots. The show is also available On-Demand at www.pittsfieldtv.org and on our BOOM TV page.
Episode 02 of BOOM TV features up-and-coming singer/songwriter Chad Tarves. Chad performs several of his songs for us. Co-hosts Tom Conklin and Sandy McKnight interview Chad about his songwriting process and his plans for the future. Want a laugh? Stick around for a little outtake fun at the end.
Episode 03 of BOOM TV features veteran singer/songwriter and local favorite, Sammy Brown. Stay tuned!


BOOM looks ahead…

Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 – by Tom Conklin

As we look ahead to new, positive developments, we do regret to announce that The BOOM Room has closed. Despite our best efforts, we have come to the realization that the costs and permitting associated with keeping it open are no longer feasible. We will continue to focus our energies on furthering the BOOM mission of supporting original music and the makers of original music in the Berkshires.
In our continued efforts to reach out to all corners of the county, BOOM is working with several new partners to create opportunities for original music makers in the Berkshires.
We also have a new TV show on Pittsfield Community TV called ‘BOOM TV’ which features makers of original music, interviews with industry professionals, and features of interest to local musicians and fans of local original music alike. Please watch our BOOM facebook page, the BOOMblog group page, and here at our website for more information.



BOOM is on Twitter and Instagram…

Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2017 – by Tom Conklin

In an effort to make ourselves more available to you and to keep you informed about everything going on at BOOM, you can now find us on Twitter and Instagram!
 Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/413BOOM
 Follow us on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/413boom 



PCTV still in need of your music…

Post Updated: Monday, January 09, 2017 – by Tom Conklin

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BOOM is teaming up with Pittsfield Community Television to feature your music on the public access channel’s Community Calendar! PCTV has asked us to help them gather music from our members to play in rotation, as people tune in to see what’s happening in the Berkshires. Cool right? You can’t beat free promotion! If you would like to have your music featured, send us an email at info@boom413.com or fill out our contact form.


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