Derik Baker aka Virginia To Vegas, exploded onto the pop music scene in early 2014 with the multi-format Top 10, platinum selling single “We Are Stars” (featuring Alyssa Reid). With the critical support of the Radio Starmaker Fund, Derik had the chance to embark on a thirty date national arena tour in support of multi-platinum recording artists Hedley. This tremendous opportunity put Virginia To Vegas in front of tens of thousands of music fans just as the song’s familiarity was hitting critical mass at pop radio. Without the financial support of Starmaker, this significant but costly break would not have been possible.
Thanks in large part to the financial support of the RSF, Derik was also recently able to showcase his talents in the UK and at the 2015 MIDEM music conference in Cannes, France. These showcases were attended by a number of UK and European label A&R staff, radio and public relations personnel, as well as several booking agents and will hopefully allow the artist to expand into these new international markets. The ongoing support of the Radio Starmaker Fund has played an essential role in the development of this talented up and coming artist both here at home and internationally.
|#||Artist||# of Approved Applications||Amount Approved|
|5||Bobs and Lolo||3||$48,259.50|
|8||Cœur de Pirate||1||$86,891.38|
|17||Milk & Bone||1||$35,305.52|
|19||One Bad Son||2||$47,538.00|
|20||Reuben and the Dark||4||$66,519.75|
|23||The Glorious Sons||5||$147,321.61|
|24||The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer||1||$33,000.00|
|27||Thousand Foot Krutch||1||$21,000.00|
|31||Your Favorite Enemies||4||$81,762.59|
Total # Of Applications Approved For Year – 398
%s Of Applications Approved For Year For New Artists Only – 19.60%
Total Funding Approved For Year – $8,330,387.37
% Of Funding Approved For Year For New Artists Only – 21.13%