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UnVailed is on the trail

of best unsigned band

UnVailed '97, the second annual national search for the best unsigned band in the U.S. sponsored by Sam Goody/Musicland, wants to tap sponsors for its local, regional and national competition and promotion. The final shoot-out is March 27 to 29 in Vail, Colo., with thousands of spectators expected and national TV coverage. Cost: $95,000 to $280,000. Previous sponsors included Magnavox, AT&T Corp., America Express Co., Snapple and Sam Goody/Musicland Stores Corp., which coordinates. Contact: (612) 931-8252.

The Nature Museum, Chicago, seeks sponsors for its $17 million facility to be completed in 1998. Expected to attract thousands weekly, it will feature the Butterfly Haven, Water Lab, Wilderness Walk and City Science. Cost: $100,000 to $500,000. Kemper Lesnik Communications coordinates. Contact: (312) 755-3576.

FunTime America, Aberdeen, N.J., is inviting sponsors into its indoor amusement park, videogame arcade and educational Science Center drawing 500,000 visitors annually. Broadly integrated sponsorship packages include product promotion and sampling, brand exposure and database development at costs ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Allen Consulting, Holmdel, coordinates. Contact: (908) 946-2711.

Towery Publishing-SpeedSource Race Team, Pompano Beach, Fla., seeks sponsors for the International Motor Sports Association Endurance Championship's 10-race series in the U.S. and Canada, from February through October. Pitting two Turbo Mazda RX7s against BMWs, Pontiac Formula Firebirds and Mustang Cobras, the team races on tracks and streets in major cities. Last year, the circuit drew more than 430,000 in 11 races with cable TV coverage. Cost: $85,000 to $250,000. Milagro Marketing, Albuquerque, N.M., coordinates. Contact: (505) 344-8872.

Historic Long Grove, Ill., a themed shopping district outside Chicago, is beckoning sponsors for its major festivals and events. Drawing more than 1.5 million visitors each year, the district has seasonal events throughout the year with media exposure. Cost: $10,000 to $75,000. Hildt & Associates, Edina, Minn., coordinates. Contact: (800) 884-4538.M

Kate Fitzgerald edits Events & Promotions. Reach us by fax at (312) 649-5331 or e-mail address [email protected]

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