Now in its fifteenth year, NewSong Music is an independent artist development organization with the following two-fold mission:
- To build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill.
- To identify the truly exceptional artists within this community and to work closely with them to develop their careers and introduce their music to a broader, international audience.
Since 2001, NewSong Music has achieved its mission by producing the following programs and events:
The NewSong Music Award
Now in its 15th year, it’s one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters across an array of genres. The final deadline to enter this NewSong Contest is October 15, 2016. To learn more and submit, click here.
Our record label, established to work hand in hand with truly exceptional talent that we identify within our community of artists. Our releases from Max Hatt / Edda Glass, the Cardinal Sons, Diana Jones, Chris Velan, Amber Rubarth, Arthur Alligood and others have all received critical acclaim. newsongrecordings.com
Live music concerts, series and events, curated by NewSong Music and held across the country that showcase talented NewSong artists and alumni, including former contest finalists and winners, and label artists. Recent series include the ‘NewSong Series @ Bryant Park’ (NYC), the ‘Summer on the Plaza’ series presented by the Arts Brookfield (Denver, NYC), and the NewSong Emerging Artist Series @ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in the David Rubenstein Atrium (NYC).
About Gar Ragland, NewSong Music President & Co-founder
Gar Ragland is a producer, musician and entrepreneur and the president and co-founder of NewSong Music. A native North Carolinian (Winston-Salem), Ragland began his music career while an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, sharing bills with acts that include the Dave Matthews Band, Gov’t Mule and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. After working several years in Washington, DC as a researcher for the environmental economic policy think tank Resources for the Future
, Ragland relocated to Boston to study composition and improvisation at the New England Conservatory
with MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award winning pianist, composer and educator Ran Blake. It was there in 2001 that he started producing his fellow students records, and co-founded NewSong Music.
In 2005 Ragland moved to New York City, where he ran NewSong Music out of a studio in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 2012, NewSong Music relocated from New York to Asheville, NC to take up residence at Echo Mountain Recordings Studios. Ragland is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys), and currently serves as the board chair of the Asheville Area Arts Council