Zemmy Momah - Creative Award WinnerBest-selling artist Amy Macdonald recently judged the final of the annual Shure Creative Award, an innovative competition for aspiring singer-songwriters. The award is jointly sponsored by Shure and the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

Applicants were asked to upload a video of themselves performing an original song to www.shurecreativeaward.com which following a round of public voting and judging by a panel of experts resulted in a final ten being passed on to Amy, who chose the overall winner.

Amy MacdonaldFollowing on from last year’s success, Shure and the ICMP are delighted to announce the launch of the 2009 Shure Creative Award. Previously supported by K.T. Tunstall, the competition will this year be judged by sensational singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald. A rapidly rising star, Amy’s critically acclaimed self-penned debut album, ‘This Is The Life’, went to number one knocking Radiohead off the top spot and has now sold over 2 million copies worldwide leading to many nominations for music awards. She continues to play sold out headline shows and festivals such as Glastonbury, Hyde Park, T in the Park and V Festival and having been discovered, produced and managed by production company Melodramatic Records who continue to work with her, she is signed to record company Vertigo.

Contemporary Music Performance, ICMP
Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP)
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is delighted to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new Professional Diploma in Songwriting course, sponsored by Columbia Records, one of the world’s most respected music industry names and home of such legends as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Ting Tings, Kings of Leon and Neil Diamond.

Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora will be heard on the b-side of the debut single from American Idol runner-up Bo Bice. Sambora played guitar on 'Vehicle', a cover of an Ides of March hit from 1970, which will be the b-side to Bice's debut 'Inside Your Heaven'. Both songs were produced by Desmond Child who also produced and wrote songs for Bon Jovi.
Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings label will release the song through Sony-BMG on June 21.

Doug Wimbish - Bass GuitaristThe Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is delighted to announce an exclusive educational clinic with acclaimed bassist and Trace Elliot endorsee Doug Wimbish, and drummer and Mapex endorsee Will Calhoun on Wednesday June 10th 2009.

Best known for their time in legendary band Living Colour, Doug and Will are highly respected musicians in their own right.  A self-confessed ‘journeyman’, Doug Wimbish has travelled an amazing road – from the Sugarhill Gang to Mos Def via Living Colour, Tackhead, Jungle Funk, Little Head and sessions for Madonna, Annie Lennox, Young MC, The Rolling Stones, Seal and Joe Satriani, amongst countless others.  After over 20 years as an innovator and explorer of music and bass, Doug continues to ride the cutting edge.