The organizers of the 2013 California-based RAWards Ceremony and Show are gearing up for their annual top RAW Artist Of The Year extravaganza, and when the winners are announced December 16, rest assured that Melissa Hernandez, Director of RAW artists in Miami, will be hooting for a much anticipated Miami success story.
“We had so many talented artists for the 2013 season. It's unreal on how much talent there really is right here in Miami. I am really looking forward to seeing who takes the Artist of the Year for each category. Not only that, but I am REALLY looking forward to having the biggest RAWards show Miami has ever seen! We're going on with a bang, that's for sure” Melissa said.
An artist casting call and show case event for the big West Coast event was held at the LMNT Studies (Midtown Miami on NW 36 Street) on August 23. A final event will be held again at the LMNT studio on October 25. This will be the last Miami show of the 2013 season before the RAWards nomination and voting process begins.
RAW (Natural Born Artists) is an independent arts organization for artists and by artists. Additionally, RAW is an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe. According to the RAW website:
“Our mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.”
The selection and voting procedure for the coveted Artist-Of-The-Year in each of nine separate categories may appear somewhat intricate to some, but the organizers have it down to a science:
“At the end of every RAW season (October), RAW hosts a 2.5 month competition and judging process that selects 9 winners out of over 15,000 artists that participate across the United States & beyond. Over the course of the competition, RAW artists engage in online voting, city-based semi final showcases and final judgments by the Official RAWards judges line-up, which consists of a mix of creative celebrities and well-known industry professionals in each artistic field. The winners receive career-building prizes packages such as placement in boutiques or galleries, products, services, consultations with judges, and the exposure of a lifetime."
About 15,000 artists from the United States and abroad will be participating in nine categories: Visual Art; Fashion; Music; Film; Performing Art; Photography, Hair; Make-up & Accessories.
The nine winners vying for the coveted Artist of The Year for the 2013 RAWards will be honored in Los Angeles, California January 19, 2014 at the Fifth RAWards Ceremony and Show.