From slick, professionally produced videos to home-movie style jams shot in apartments to live footage from concerts and clubs, queer artists from across the globe are throwing their musical hats in the ring for the 2011 RightOutTV Music Video Awards.
“We’re receiving submissions from Vienna, Israel, Australia, Spain and the UK as well as from all regions of the United States and Canada,” says Marlee Walchuk, who with wife Nathalie Callender created and produces RightOutTV.com.
“We are inspired by the creativity and quality that we’re seeing from these artists and their videos. Our LGBTI youth in particular need to see the faces and hear the messages these artists are sending out into the world,” says Walchuk.
”We’ve created categories that ensure all of our artists a comfortable fit and a great shot at being nominated and even winning. Our 22 highly impressive and well-connected judges are eager to get started and discover more about our LGBTI music community,” she says.
“This collaborative effort aimed at gaining mainstream exposure for LGBTI Indie artists has already proven to be empowering and valuable to everyone involved,” says Walchuk.
Out Christian musician and RightOutTV artist Shawn Thomas sees the 2011 RightOutTV Music Video Awards as much more than a competition in which trophies are given.
“I can’t recommend this enough to my fellow artists,” says Thomas. “This is an amazing opportunity, very professionally put together, and it supports and promotes not just you and your career, but also independent GLBT artists overall.”
“This is a way to show on a large scale the depth and variety of the work and artistic talent that is represented within our community and diversity of message and inspiration that we bring,” he adds.
RightOutTV.com is the web’s first global 24-hour streaming video channel and promotional website for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI) artists.
Walchuk and Callender of the music duo Sugarbeach launched RightOutTV In November 2010 after realizing there were few places to release their own queer-messaged music videos. The women, married to each other, also saw a need for more unity in the LGBTI music community. RightOutTV was created as a vehicle to serve both these purposes and to provide a fully-developed promotional website for LGBTI artists.
Openly queer singer/songwriters from around the globe may submit videos through September 30, 2011. Judges’ nominees in each category will be announced October 30. Winners will be announced Nov. 27. In the special category of RightOutTV Fan Fave, voting begins on October 7 and closes on November 7. Visit http://www.rightouttvawards.com for more information and how to submit your own music video for the competition.