Blue Bridge Music Festival at ArtPrize starts Friday

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For most people, ArtPrize means paintings, drawings or sculptures. But the second weekend of the art competition is putting a big emphasis on the music.

The two-day Blue Bridge Music Festival will bring together ArtPrize musicians with well-known Michigan bands.

Acts will begin playing Friday afternoon. There will also be performances throughout the day on Saturday.

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Along with the new festival, the Blue Bridge is also hosting Blue Bridge Sessions where musicians perform for 30 minutes every day of the 19-day competition.

Musicians participating in the Blue Bridge Music Festival and Blue Bridge Sessions are eligible to win part of the $500,000 ArtPrize Awards money in the Time-Based category. They are also eligible to win $10,000 as part of the Blue Bridge Songwriters Awards. Ten $1,000 cash prizes will be handed out. Five will be decided by public vote and five will be given by an expert jury.