Posted on June 20, 2020

AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce that singer / songwriter Ray Cardwellis the 2nd recipient of the new AirPlay Direct “2020 Evolution Grants”program.

“As I have commented quite often recently, we believe in the determination of our industry to not only survive this tragic time, but to evolve, learn and grow during the process," says Lynda Weingartz / CEO – AirPlay Direct. "Our new ‘2020 Evolution Grants’ program was created to support, educate and enrich the global music community, both artists and small businesses alike. Ray is a very genuine, relatable artist that is truly worthy of this grant. Ray is one of the good guys… just ask anyone that knows him.”

In keeping with our professional commitment to our AirPlay Direct members and the global music community at large, we recently discussed and examined how we could create additional, positive opportunities to inspire our professional colleagues to evolve, prosper and thrive during these challenging times.

AirPlay Direct is pleased to achieve a 2nd milestone in the launch of our new “APD 2020 Evolution Grants” program. With financial resources being strained like never before, these educational / business grants will provide several artists and labels with the professional resources and training necessary to properly promote their music to global radio, grow their brand, and how to ultimately increase their global radio distribution footprint.

“I’m really excited to be chosen as one of AirPlay Direct’s 2020 Evolution Grant recipients! Having an opportunity such as the Evolution Grant to work with will be such a help to reach the global radio market," said Ray Cardwell, Artist / Singer / Songwriter. "These are unprecedented times for us in the music industry. Never before have we faced these types of obstacles.

Cardwell goes on to say, "With the platform that AirPlay Direct provides, and the rise of radio and listeners during this pandemic, an artist signed to an Indie label such as myself suddenly has a much farther reach to the world than ever before. Now my new single and entire catalog of music can reach a global radio audience. Thank you Robert and Lynda Weingartz for awarding me with this wonderful opportunity. I’m looking forward to the possibilities made available by AirPlay Direct."

AirPlay Direct actively encourages and recommends that every independent artist and label use some of this new-found down time to evolve through education in this new music industry paradigm. Increased radio activity and presence will help artists to book dates for future tours, promote upcoming new releases, and most importantly… it keeps their names on people's tongues, and their music in their ears. Also, many small entertainment industry related businesses are finding it very difficult to afford and identify new ways to properly promote and advertise their businesses to recording artists and the global music community at large. We will be awarding several businesses with “2020 Evolution Grants” as well.

AirPlay Direct is now accepting registration submissions for these limited “2020 Evolution Grant” opportunities. You do not need to be a current AirPlay Direct member to apply. There will be 5 “2020 Evolution Grants” for each of the below, professional categories.

“2020 Evolution Grants” include:

AirPlay Direct Artist “2020 Evolution Grants” include:

1. A three-hour APD global radio tutorial and an APD platform introduction

2. An APD Platinum Pro Artist account that allows you to upload 10 albums from your catalogue

3. A $1,000 AirPlay Direct Advertising Campaign

AirPlay Direct Record Label “2020 Evolution Grants”

1. A three-hour APD global radio tutorial and an APD platform introduction

2. An APD Platinum Label account that allows you to upload up to 250 albums from your catalogue

3. A $5,000 AirPlay Direct Advertising Campaign

AirPlay Direct Small Business “2020 Evolution Grants”

1. A three-hour APD global radio tutorial and an APD platform introduction

2. A $10,000 AirPlay Direct Business Advertising Campaign

For more information and a registration application please reach out to Lynda at

About AirPlay Direct: AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide. AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.

AirPlay Direct currently has over 11,000 radio station members in 100+ countries and serves over 44,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis. AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc.

AirPlay Direct offers a variety of specialized professional services to work your music and brand to global radio, but specialize and EXCEL at advanced strategies and promotions for global radio. The APD Eco-System is an amazing business platform for artists, labels, managers, etc., to securely and effectively deliver, market and promote their music to radio stations around the world.

About Collective Evolution: Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

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