WHAT IS VIZMA?
VizMA, short for Visayan Music Awards, is an annual event to honor significant artists and important achievements in the industry. A songwriting competition aimed to promote the Visayan language and culture is a highlight of the awards ceremony.
The awards night aims to put the spotlight on the best of Visayan songs, songwriters, musicians, producers, and promoters of the Visayan music industry by recognizing these key players and their respective contributions.
The songwriting competition, aimed to promote Visayan language and culture, seeks to redefine and broaden the definition of Visayan music as we know it today. The annual campaign is a venue for lesser known songwriters to show the artistry and beauty of their craft by bringing their music to the Philippines and the rest of the world.
The People Behind VizMA
VizMA is endorsed by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas and organized by the Sacred Heart School for Boys Batch 1985 Foundation, Inc., the same organization that produced one of the biggest and grandest pageants in the country, Binibining Cebu. Through the years, Batch 85 has been promoting Cebuano beauty, talent, and culture. All of the proceeds from their events either go to charity and projects like medical missions, livelihood programs, schoolhouses, homes, the construction of Malasakit Centers, and relief operations for various calamity-stricken areas. In addition to Batch 85, a Board of Advisors composed of industry professionals from different regions will be present to make sure the rights of the artists are protected and the event and the songs are well promoted.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Filipino-American rapper, songwriter, record producer.
Member of the Grammy Award-winning Hip Hop Group, "Black Eyed Peas".
Musician, Composer, Conductor
National Artist of the Philippines for Music
Songwriter of classic OPM songs such as "Sana Ngayong Pasko", "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin, "If the Feeling is Gone", among others.
Awit Award for Best Ballad Recording
First homegrown non-artist songwriter to be signed by an American publishing company.
Songwriter/Music Licensing Manager
House Of Tunes Music Publishing
Music Publishing Director, Universal Music Publishing/ UMPG
It all BEGINS WITH YOU!
· The entry can be a rough demo recording (voice/guitar/keyboard) as long as the melody, chords, and lyrics are clear.
· The song entry must NOT be previously published or released on any media platform
· The song length must not exceed 4:00 minutes
· The song entry can be in any genre
· The song entry must prominently be Visayan, either in language or in context
· A contestant can only enter a maximum of 3 songs, either as a sole composer or collaborator
· Song entries can be from anywhere around the world