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Scholarship for budding songwriters

Scholarship for budding songwriters launched by Visa Entertainment and MySpace.com

Auckland, New Zealand, 9 October 2008 – Visa Entertainment has launched a scholarship program for up and coming Kiwi musicians to help them break into the New Zealand music scene.

The “Muso Challenge” scholarships, part of Visa Entertainment’s partnership with MySpace.com Secret Shows, challenge budding artists to submit a song in MP3 format, the best of which will receive $5,000 to be put towards a music-related project. Challenges will be set every two months and winners will be voted on by the MySpace.com community. The first “Muso Challenge” theme is to submit a break up song that includes the phrase “trashing my heart”.

Visa’s New Zealand Country Manager Iain Jamieson said: "Our partnership with MySpace.com Secret Shows is all about bringing money-can’t-buy experiences to the New Zealand public.

At the same time, we want to foster the amazing talent we see online at MySpace.com. We understand how expensive it can be to break into the entertainment industry and so we hope these scholarships will help New Zealand’s emerging talent. MySpace.com community members who love music but do not create it can participate by supporting their favourite musician or band by voting for them on Visa Entertainment’s MySpace page. Each vote will go in the draw to win a Hoyts Gold pass for free movies for a year.

If you think you have what it takes visit www.myspace.com/musochallenge for details.

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