Vernon-raised musician Jodi Pederson needs her community’s help for her to climb up to the PEAK.
Voting for the top artists in this year’s PEAK Performance Project begins on Friday, Oct. 17 to Oct. 24, and Pederson is hoping that her hometown will help her get a leg up.
A familiar voice on the local music scene, Pederson, a Kalamalka Secondary School grad, was chosen out of 250 applicants for this year’s project and is one of 12 musical acts vying for the top spot.
The intense B.C. music competition, headed by Vancouver radio station 102.7 The PEAK, is designed to promote, educate and develop independent artists.
“My last challenges for the Peak Performance Project are here, and they consist of my fundraiser Because I am A Girl Plan Canada, Sunday Oct. 19 (with a performance in Vancouver) and I have set up a online donation site, and then last but not least a very important part of my success in this competition is the online voting challenge. I am hoping that I can get my hometown of Vernon to cast votes for me, so I can continue on with my success in my music career. I appreciate all your support,” said Pederson.
Now in its seventh year, The PEAK Performance Program has changed the lives of 100 artists and created a vibrant music community in B.C. and has just expanded into Alberta.
Administered by the Music B.C. Industry Association and Alberta Music Industry Association, Pederson has already joined her fellow artists in an intensive, one-week bootcamp in the music business held at Rockridge Canyon in Princeton, and recently performed in a showcase with three other PEAK artists at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club.
“Being chosen as one of the 12 artists, from 250 applicants, for The PEAK Performance Project has already had an impact on my career. The amount of support I have already received, and will continue to gain, is paving the pathway I’ve worked so hard for, for years,” said Pederson.
Those artists who make it into the top three will perform at the finale concert, where they will take home $102,700 for first place, $75,000 for second and $50,000 for third.
The Top 3 announcement will take place Nov. 3.
To vote for Pederson, go to http://bc.peakperformanceproject.com/vote.