Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015

Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist, a newcomer or veteran, raw or polished - the 'gem' that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $20,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category and will be awarded prizes. The First Place winner in the Screen Shot category will also be mentored by a group of music execs who place songs in film, tv, ads, and video games. Winners for the 2016 competition will be announced in early September, 2016.

2016 Judges include: The Killers, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Kool and the Gang, Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone) and many, many more.

In previous years mentors have included: Pete Ganberg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Mike Elizondo (Senior Vice President of A&R, Warner Bros. Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R, Capitol Music Group); Lenny Santiago (Vice President of A&R, Roc Nation); Taylor Lindsey (Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville) and many other music industry executives.

ENTRIES CLOSE MARCH 16 2016. Visit unsignedonly.com for full details.

The 2016 Categories include:

            • AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
            • AC (Adult Contemporary)
            • Americana
            • Christian
            • Country
            • EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
            • Folk/Singer-Songwriter
            • R&B/Hip-Hop
            • Rock
            • Pop/Top 40
            • 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 

NOTE: Unsigned Only accepts both original and cover songs in all categories, except Screen Shot, which requires original songs only. Entries in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals. Unsigned Only accepts all genres of music in the Teen, Vocal Performance, and Screen Shot categories.

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