Toto Funds The Arts has announced music and creative writing awards

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) announces the fourth in its series of annual awards for young musicians and bands. For the first time, TFA has tied up with Counter Culture Records to offer talented musicians a new deal. TFA invites entries for the music award from all genres of contemporary music from rock, jazz, heavy metal, trance, house, instrumental, and folk.

The award is open to all musicians, bands or individuals, under the age of 30. Entries are invited in all languages. All submissions must be original and must reach Toto Funds the Arts OR Counter Culture Records by 15 October 2007.

Over the years, the TFA music award has grown significantly to become an event that all young musicians look out for. Past judges include Luke Kenny (VJ, Programming Head Channel V), Vishal Dadlani (Pentagram, Vishal-Shekhar), Jitin Abraham (Programming Head Vh1) and Arjun Sankalia (Sony BMG).

Thus far, the winners have been such upcoming bands as Myndsnare (2005), Demonic Resurrection (2006) and Lounge Piranha (2007).

Counter Culture Records (CCR) is an independent music label dedicated to providing a platform for talented artists and bands to release their music, enabling them to reach wider audiences. CCR actively pursues new sounds and new music with the aim of giving passionate musicians a voice.

For eligibility and other details contact: or Neysa Mendes at (phone: 9198213 36963).

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) also invites entries for its third annual awards for young Indian writers in English. Two cash awards of Rs. 25,000 each will be given in January 2008.

The spirit of the Toto Awards is to identify promise and encourage young talent.

If you are in the age group of 18 and 30 you can apply. Entries should reach TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) by October 20, 2007, at the latest.

For details about the submission process, please write to