CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL and FRONTGATE MEDIA are joining forces to create an impressive gear giveaway for lucky festival attendees.  This contest is perfectly matched, as Cornerstone is the one Christian festival that can boast the title of having the largest musician attendance in the world.  Known for its edgy environment and creative fan base, Cornerstone is the festival where every band dreams of performing.
The major prizes in this gear giveaway promotion include:
·       A $1,000 gift certificate from D’ADDARIO
·       A guitar signed by all of the Main Stage artists sponsored by GUITAR CENTER.
A total of $5,000 worth of gear and prizes will be given away, including additional prizes from:
·       PreSonus
·       Audix
·       L.R. Baggs
·       Ultimate Ears
·       The Learning Dock
·       Christian Musician Summit
·       Hal Leonard
·       PraiseVocals.com
·       Christian Musician Magazine
·       Worship Musician Magazine
·       HearItFirst.com
To win, Cornerstone-goers simply sign up at select tents across the festival grounds throughout the event.  All gear will be displayed in the main exhibitor tent, and the prizes will be awarded throughout the festival with the Grand Prizes being awarded on Saturday and Sunday night via a drawing from Main Stage.  All who enter must be 16 years or older to win.  Winner does not need to be in attendance when the drawing occurs, but winner must be a registered festival attendee.
Since 1984, Cornerstone Festival has spent 28 years pushing boundaries and challenging the concept of what a Christian Festival “should” look like. Cornerstone is an annual pilgrimage for people of faith of all ages, styles, and denominations from around the world. Attendees join together 20,000 strong in the hills of Western Illinois for a week-long celebration that invigorates belief, inspires creativity, and showcases the best in pop culture, faith-based entertainment, spiritual engagement, and fun activities.
“Cornerstone is still one of the highlights of any touring band, and for us it holds a special place in our hearts,” explains Stephen Christian of the band Anberlin.  “We started out on a generator stage, bought our way onto a stage the next year, then Tooth and Nail day, then the Encore stage, and finally Main Stage. It was a process to get there but that makes it so much more amazing. We don’t ever take playing main stage for granted and always have the time of our lives. If you have never been to Cornerstone, this is the year to go.”
Cornerstone Festival 2011 will take place June 30 – July 3 at Cornerstone Farm outside of Bushnell, Illinois. Tickets for Cornerstone Festival are available through www.iTickets.com.  Full event, group and family options are available. As always, tent camping is free, and RV spaces can be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Cornerstone launched in 1984 to meet the needs of a new generation of music lovers and spiritual seekers, with the hope of bringing together great music, art, film, and intelligent Christian thinking on family, worship, and play. For too long the Christian community had neglected Christian artists and musicians that didn’t fit into a narrow mold, and tackling real life issues was not a regular part of the Christian music festival agenda. Since inception, Cornerstone has highlighted music that was screaming to be heard and provided thousands of hours of seminars and workshops covering everything from personal life issues (dating and marriage, homosexuality, accountability, etc.) to social justice, being part of the global Christian community, caring for the poor, mission business, and hundreds of other topics over the years. People travel from all over the world to Cornerstone to hear and see the very best and most creative artists in the faith community across multiple artistic disciplines. Cornerstone fans are cultivating a way of engaging with the world that opens a path to a lifetime of individual growth and community.
Cornerstone is hosted each year by Jesus People USA, an inner city mission organization based in Chicago, and is held at Cornerstone Farm, 23325 N Cornerstone Road, Marietta, Illinois 61459
The 2011 event will be held June 30-July 3. The event is also part of the FrontGate Media group.
Cornerstone Festival (www.CornerstoneFestival.com) has been a fixture on the Christian Music scene for 28 years. Originally based 45 minutes north of Chicago, this annual event moved to its current 650-acre campground located in Central Illinois in 1991.
FrontGate Media is the largest culture-engaged media group & marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to a recent article in USA Today. The firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2011. The FrontGate Media group provides reach to more than 15 million email subscribers, 25 million monthly page views, and 600,000+ at annual events. The media group is #1 in reach to several consumer and leadership demographics in the faith and family values audience including entertainment fans, music fans, church musicians and worship leaders, youth leaders and youth group students, and political conservatives. The company plays a key role in the success of movie studios, non-profit organizations, publishers and authors, record labels and artists and more seeking “creative & emerging media” outlets.
www.FrontGateMedia.com

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