November 1st, Big Heavy World launched the #HEARVT campaign to support local music and Vermont’s independent musicians. Through #HEARVT, the state’s volunteer-run music office is coordinating with record shops, artists and other businesses to offer Vermonters incentives to buy local music. Find information at HearVermont.org.
Robot Dog Studio produced video and audio PSAs featuring Vermont-based artists at Big Heavy World’s headquarters in Burlington. These broadcast-quality messages are available for VT TV and radio stations to download from hearvermont.org and share with their audiences. Messages were recorded by Dwight & Nicole; Rough Francis; The Path; Kat Wright; and Hayley Jane.
Gift Certificate GiveawaysTo Buy Local Music:Eight record stores will be giving away gift certificates valid towards the purchase of local music to customers who visit them in November:
- Exile On Main Street in Barre
- Turn It Up! in Brattleboro
- Burlington Records
- Pure Pop Records in Burlington
- Speaking Volumes in Burlington
- Autumn Records in Winooski
- Buch Spieler Records in Montpelier
- Howlin’ Mouse in Rutland.
Chances To Win Golden Ticket Packages:
Anyone who buys local music or merchandise (like a band t-shirt) at a shop or from Vermont bands online during November can post about it on social media with the hashtag #HEARVT for a chance to win one of five Golden Ticket packages that combine a $100 gift certificate to Higher Ground with a night’s lodging at Hotel Vermont. For more information, visit HearVermont.org