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Support Your Favorite Artists At the LMP Music Festival

Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t go watch a gig.
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It’ll be a while before we can actually go out to festivals and gigs again, so until then, we’re going to have to get used to listening and watching our favorite artists online.

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Which is why you should support the artists playing at this week’s Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP). The virtual festival is happening now until August 28, 2020 and features a multi-format showcase that includes music performances, busking sessions, single and album launches, concerts, workshops, creative webinars, talks, and more.

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“Now on its sixth year, though it is still in its infancy, LMP is continuously building a strong foundation in the creation of a tradition that would instill in the consciousness of every Filipino to, not only patronize, but embrace, love, and live our own music,” LMP Festival Director and OPM Board Member Noel Cabangon says in a statement.

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This year’s theme is “Musikang Pinoy. Buhay At Ipagpatuloy,” which is a direct reference to the Philippine music industry’s fight to rise above extraordinary times and hurdle the challenges of the pandemic with the spirit of bayanihan.

Multi-format showcase

The festival’s live music component, dubbed #TugtuganNewNormal, puts the spotlight on up-and-coming artists who are given the opportunity to perform their material, launch their new singles and albums, and interact with a live audience. The performances will be streamed live on OPM’s Facebook page from August 22 to 28. 

Meanwhile, #LMP2020Sessions is a special initiative of LMP to highlight regional music acts from North and South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

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Aspiring music industry professionals, amateur musicians, and music fans will also get the chance to learn from top industry figures about topics like songwriting, history of pop, and more. Guest speakers include Ebe Dancel and Jazz Nicolas for Songwriting Workshop, Marlon Barnuevo for Home Recording Workshop, Tina Dumlao and Mr. Ryan Cayabyab for History of Pop OPM, Bian Orenciana of Believe Digital and Ian Monson of Warner Music Philippines for Digital Marketing for Music Artists, and PETA for Let's Get Creative Webinar.

A digital press conference for the launch of OPM Archive will also take place on August 26, as well as an open mic competition where anyone can submit OPM covers.

The virtual festival experience wraps up with world-class performances courtesy of #LMP2020GrandFinaleConcert. The online event will be headlined by some of the biggest names in Filipino music: Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The Itchyworms, This Band, Bayang Barrios at Ang Nilayagan, Clara Benin, Lara Maigue, and Aikee.

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For more details about the LMP’s digital music festival, visit its official website. 

The LMP festival is presented by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), PhilPop Music Foundation, and Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and is part of the local government’s ongoing pledge to promote and develop the local music industry through the creation of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP), which was granted by the Presidential Proclamation 933 in 2014.

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