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International Music Competition for Unsigned Artists by Unsigned Only

Unsigned Only Music Competition

Unique annual international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers

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Unsigned Only is a unique annual international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints.

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Unsigned Only levels the playing field for artists like you because it excludes entries from anyone who is signed to a major label record deal, so you are not competing with well-known artists, Grammy winners, or artists with a major label machine behind them. This is why the competition is called Unsigned Only.

Conceived of and produced by the team who bring you the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions.

THE COMPETITION

Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions.

Unsigned Only offers many categories/genres for you to enter, including Screen Shot which is geared toward getting your music into film, tv, video games, and other licensing opportunities.

The 2018 Categories include:

  • AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
  • AC (Adult Contemporary)
  • Americana
  • Christian
  • Country
  • EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
  • Folk/Singer-Songwriter
  • Pop/Top 40
  • R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Rock
  • Screen Shot (original songs in all genres suited for placement in
  • Film/TV/Advertising/Gaming)
  • Teen (for artists 18 years old and younger)
  • Vocal Performance

You can enter as many songs as you like in as many categories as you like. Since Unsigned Only is looking for an artist, it is advantageous to enter multiple songs so that the listening committee can know who you are as an artist.

This competition offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals.

2018 Judges include: Aimee Mann; Grouplove; KT Tunstall; Lydia Loveless; Melanie Fiona; O.A.R.; Jack Ingram; Aaron Shust; David Crowder; Lucero; Frank Foster; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Caine O’Rear (Editor-In-Chief, American Songwriter); Michael Molenda (Editor-In-Chief, Guitar Player); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music); Jed Gottlieb (Music & Theater Writer, Boston Herald); Kevin McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); Suzanne Cadgene (Publisher, Elmore Magazine); Sarah Jones (Editor, Electronic Musician Magazine); John DiBiase (President, Jesus Freak Hideout); David Sikorski (Senior Editor, EARMILK Media INC.); Hardeep Phull (Music Editor, NY Post); Brandon Chitwood (Assistant Director, EDM Joy); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Matt Maher (Artist Manager, ROAR Management) and many more!

2018 Screen Shot Judges include: Rachel Levy (Universal Pictures); Alicen Schneider (NBC Entertainment); Carlos Muhammad (Egyptian Man Entertainment Group); Connie Farr (ThinkSync Music); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); James Kempner (JMK Connections); Jennifer Taunton (Level Two Music); Jessica Cole (Lyric House); Samantha Carew (Sky TV); and Velma Barkwell (East End Music).

Click the link HERE for more judge information.

Unsigned Only also takes their competition a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision-makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more.

 

THE PRIZES

2018 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • $20,000 (US) dollars
  • 1 x SM57, 1 x SM58, 1 x MV51, and 1 x MV88 from Shure microphone
  • 1 x year subscription to Celebrity Access
  • Mastering services for one full album from Lurssen Mastering
  • $5,000 credit to be used for any combination of recording studio or soundstage time from Hybrid Studios
  • 1 x Free Album Distribution, 1 x Free Video Distribution, 1 x Free Lyric Video Design, and
  • 1 x Free Marketing Plan from Symphonic Distribution
  • 1 x H9 Max Harmonizer and 1 x MixingLink Mic Pre with FX Loop stompbox from Eventide
  • 1 x Samplitude Pro X from Magix
  • 12-Month Master Tour Subscription from Eventric
  • Wellness package provided by Musician Wellness, Pro Tour Nutrition, and Vocal Eze
  • A 12-month subscription to Merch Cat
  • 1 x wireless microphone from PRA Audio Systems
  • A 12-month subscription to The Music Registry Record Xpress/A&R Directory, 12-month subscription to The Music Registry Record Xpress/Publisher’s Directory from The Music Business Registry
  • Additional prizes to be announced soon

 

2018 FIRST PLACE WINNERS IN EACH CATEGORY

  • 1 x MV88 from Shure microphone
  • 1 x year subscription to Celebrity Access
  • 1 x Free Album Distribution from Symphonic Distribution
  • 1 x Music Maker Premium from Magix
  • 12-Month Master Tour Subscription from Eventric
  • Wellness package provided by Musician Wellness, Pro Tour Nutrition, and Vocal Eze
  • A 12-month subscription to The Music Registry Record Xpress/A&R Directory, 12-month subscription to The Music Registry Record Xpress/Publisher’s Directory from The Music Business Registry
  • A 9-month subscription to Merch Cat
  • Full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music Five-Week Summer Performance Program to the 1st Place Teen Category Winner
  • Additional prizes to be announced soon

 

2018 FANDEMONIUM WINNER

  • 1 x wireless microphone from PRA Audio Systems
  • 1 x year subscription to Celebrity Access
  • 1 x Free Album Distribution, 1 x Free Video Distribution, 1 x Free Lyric Video Design, and
  • 1 x Free Marketing Plan from Symphonic Distribution
  • 12-Month Master Tour Subscription from Eventric
  • A 12-month subscription to The Music Registry Record Xpress/A&R Directory, 12-month subscription to The Music Registry Record Xpress/Publisher’s Directory from The Music Business Registry
  • A 12-month subscription to Merch Cat
  • Additional prizes to be announced soon

For more information on Prizes, click HERE.

 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE MENTOR?

Unsigned Only has put together a group of record label executives in different genres who have all agreed to “mentor” the Grand Prize winner.

From this group, a minimum of three mentors will be selected and put in direct contact with the winner via meeting, Skype, or telephone. The method of contact may vary from mentor to mentor, depending on scheduling. Unsigned Only cannot guarantee a particular mentor’s availability, so the group of mentors includes more than three individuals in order to accommodate any unforeseen changes in labels, personnel, or other circumstances preventing a mentor from participation.

Mentoring must be completed by the end of the calendar year of the competition unless a mentor’s schedule does not permit. Therefore, if the Grand Prize winner and mentor opt to meet in person, it must be done by the end of the calendar year; otherwise, the mentoring will be done by telephone or Skype.

 

WHAT IS FANDEMONIUM?

Fandemonium is an online public vote whereby fans, friends, etc. can vote for their favorite Unsigned Only finalist. The artist who receives the most votes is the Fandemonium winner and wins lots of cool prizes and bragging rights!

This promotion is completely separate from the regular winners in the overall competition who are selected by the Unsigned Only judges.

 

HOW CAN I ENTER ONLINE?

Unsigned Only offers multiple platforms for you to enter online, including Unsigned Only’s own platform and Sonicbids.

Enter through the Unsigned Only website, using your Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, or any other streaming page in lieu of uploading an mp3 as long as you make sure the songs you enter are on the page and listenable. Just go to our Enter Your Songs Now page and click the Online button.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER?

Entry Deadlines and Fees:

  • July 12, 2017 – October 4, 2017• $25
  • October 5, 2017 – January 24, 2018 • $30
  • January 25, 2018 – April 27, 2018 • $35

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UNSIGNED ONLY AND THE COMPETITIONS, VISIT OUR FAQ PAGE FOR MORE!

Kimberley Padro
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