MUMBAI: Academy Award-winning short film Smile Pinki's music composer and guitarist Prasanna proposes to launch a residential Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in partnership with Marg at Chennai.
The academy will open in July 2010, initially offering a one year diploma course in music and has plans to subsequently start a full-blown four year degree course. In a press conference on Wednesday, Prasanna said,"Today, the youth are heavily into music and we need to connect with them, and raise the bar on music education."
MUMBAI: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting secretary Sushma Singh is to retire on 31 May 2009.
Confirming the development, Singh said that her tenure as the secretary, I&B Ministry, gets over by the end of this month.
Singh had taken charge on 3 July 2008 after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet announced repatriation of then secretary Asha Swarup to her parent cadre in Himachal Pradesh.
MUMBAI: Absolute Radio has elevated Chris Goldson to the post of commercial director, replacing Nick Hewat who is leaving to join the Telegraph Media Group as sales director.
According to a report in the Guardian, Goldson was previously Absolute Radio's creative content director and will take up his new role at the end of May.
Goldson has been at Absolute â€“ previously Virgin Radio â€“ for six years. The station changed its name last September after it was bought by a subsidiary of the Times of India group.
MUMBAI: Big FM Chennai is hosting the â€?Mooduketha Mix Music Awards' for the Tamil music industry. The awards, scheduled for 1 May earlier, have been postponed to 9 May to accommodate listeners' requests.
MUMBAI: We may have only registered 43 per cent voting, but Mumbai believes that there's still hope - especially for the city's youth.
Channel [v] in association with Bigadda.com will present a concert titled [v] Bigadda Concert for Change on 9 May 2009, featuring artistes like Kailash Kher, Raghu Dixit and Bappi Lahiri.
It's not just about voting, says Bigadda.com COO Shivanandan Pare, "The idea is to help the young generation to be a better
MUMBAI: Mumbai's DDB Mudra did India proud at last evening's One Show 2009 in New York by becoming the only Indian entry to pick up a trophy.
Mudra's radio public service single titled Bush, for the Islamic Research Foundation bagged a Bronze pencil at the award show held on 6 May.
MUMBAI: Radio City has posted a revenue of around Rs 1.15 billion for the fiscal ended 31 March 2009 and aims to preserve its advertising rates this year. The revenue for the year ago period was around Rs 970 million.
"We have growth expectations from alternate revenue streams. The thrust this year will be to grow our revenues from activation which currently comprise 10-12 per cent of our total pie," said Radio City EVP and national sales head Ashit Kukian, while declining to comment on the revenues of the company.
MUMBAI: North American independent music label Image Entertainment has signed a five year deal with Universal Music Group for the regions of Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East to distribute their products.
The agreement will see UMG distribute the entire Image Entertainment catalogue of music and music-related urban titles as well as upcoming titles in both genres, including DVD, Blu-ray, digital and television broadcast rights in the EMEA region.
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