LOS ANGELES (Feb. 1, 2003) "Apron Strings," an album financed by bake sales, is the DIY Album of the Year as determined by judges for the DIY Music Festival.

After releasing a CD in 1999, Breech was strapped for cash to record another album. So the band turned to the baking talents of lead singer Missy Gibson. Through sales of cookes, cakes and breads outside various music venues, the band raised $7,000, enough to record "Apron Strings," which was released last year.

Select DIY Music Festival category winners will perform on Thursday, February 6th at the Derby nightclub in Hollywood. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the event, which spotlights "Independents in Film & TV Music." In addition to the DIY Music Festival acts, the night will be highlighted by performances from Brooke Ramel and Hypnogaja, two unsigned artists who have placed music in "Sex In The City," "Party of Five" and "White Oleander," among other projects.

The night will be capped by a performance from The Paper Dolls, a band that stars in the upcoming feature film "Down & Out With The Dolls," which rolls out nationwide in March.

The DIY Music Festival serves as the kickoff for the third annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books, which will be held on Sat. Feb. 8th at the American Film Institute in Hollywood.

Other winners in the 2003 DIY Music Festival include Al Lay, whose album "Life" won him DIY Songwriter Of The Year honors; Michael Miller, whose album "When We Come To" spawned the DIY Song Of The Year, "Lover I Know"; John Would, DIY Producer of the Year for his work on Ira's "Always With The Mouth (Sometimes With The Finger)" and Sally Semrad's "Left Of Me," both honorable mention choices; and designers Katherine Delaney and Jacques de Groot, whose work on "Generous Juice" wins DIY Album Artwork of the Year.

Honorable mentions in the 2003 DIY Music Festival go to Greg Dean, "The Subtle Art of Distraction"; Fojimoto, "Just Now Finding Out"; Liesl's Wet Dress, "Shedding Skin"; Kelda, "Fairytale"; The Imperial Wonders, "Time Machine"; The Sid Hillman Quartet, "Volume Two"; and Jamie Sparks, "Unforgettable."

The DIY Music Festival is sponsored by, BMI, The, The Silver Lake Press, Baja Fresh, ASCAP,, SESAC, Luck Media & Marketing,, KCRW-FM and

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