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Local TIDAL Unplugged grant winners release documentaries, new music

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The five Detroit-area musicians who are part of the inaugural TIDAL Unplugged grant program are featured in a new documentary series that kicked off Tuesday, Feb. 4 on the streaming service.

The episodes spotlight the program participants -- Sam Austins, Olivia Dear (nee Millerschin), Emma Guzman, Laurie Love and Raye Williams -- chronicling their life and career journeys and the music they're creating using the grant money from the TIDAL program. The new music will also be presented at a showcase on April 30 at a Detroit venue to be announced.

The docu-series episodes can be found at TIDAL.com/Unplugged for both members and none members. The site also features a schedule for the roll-out of the artists' new music.

"We started this journey with an incredible group of talented rising artists, and they've truly taken it to a new level," TIDAL's Jason Kpana, senior vice-president of Artist Relations, says in a statement. "We're grateful for the opportunity to help each one of these artists explore their creativity and are excited for the world to see the results of their hard work."

The TIDAL Unplugged series was launched during February 2019 with funding by Robert Nelson of ARCH Venture Partners and Mark Lampert, founder of BVF Partners and a native of Ann Arbor. The five winners were chosen from thousands who entered the competition and will receive production grants to record three songs as well as additional money for marketing, promotion and other business and creative needs.

Web Site: www.TIDAL.com/Unplugged

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