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November 19, 2012


University of Montana students will compete in artistic categories for the Golden Grizzly trophy in the first-ever Entertainment Management Awards on Friday, Nov. 30. The inaugural talent competition is hosted, planned and managed by UM’s Entertainment Management students. 

The EMA’s main event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Monks Bar, located at 225 Ryman St. in Missoula. Tickets for the 18-and-older show cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door and VIP tickets cost $50. VIP ticketholders, ages 21 and older, are invited to a 6 p.m. pre-event cocktail hour and an exclusive viewing of the dance entries at the Downtown Dance Collective, located at 121 West Main St.

The EMAs will showcase talented UM students and provide them with an opportunity to be discovered. Award categories include music, visual art and dance. Participants auditioned in front of an EMA team, who selected finalists to perform at the main event in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.  The judges will select three top performers to receive awards and a gift bag, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award also will receive a Golden Grizzly and a gift bag. In addition, the first place winner will receive $300, the second place winner will receive $200 and the third place winner will receive $100.

Currently UMEM students are working to gather event sponsors and sell tickets. The proceeds from the event will support the UMEM Student Opportunity Fund, a scholarship program that helps students gain hands-on experience through internships and other extracurricular activities.

For more information, to become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, email the EMAs team at, visit the Facebook page at or follow the Twitter feed at

UMEM is a unique program within the School of Business Administration which serves the mission to build community through entertainment. UMEM seeks to introduce students to the entertainment industry and provide them with the opportunity to network with industry professionals. The program relies on community support to develop experiential learning opportunities for students and bring guest instructors to campus. For more information visit 



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Contact: Aaron Conn, student, UM Entertainment Management Program, 406-202-2731,; Sonja Grimmsmann, program manager, UM Entertainment Management Program, 406-243-4869,