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WHAT IS UNSIGNED ONLY?

Are you an indie artist? Are you doing it yourself without the backing of a major record label? If you believe in yourself and know your value as an artist, then you need to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities that can help to benefit you and promote your career. Be in charge of your future. It is up to you and the Unsigned Only Music Competition is the perfect opportunity for you. 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.

Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are looking for exposure, recognition, and a chance to be noticed by industry professionals. 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. 

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. Yes, it 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. But, Unsigned Only also takes it 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. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

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. 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.

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); Chad Jensen (Artist Manager, Jensen Artist Management); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Music Nashville); Deborah Klein (JV Partner and Artist Manger, Primary Wave Entertainment); Eric Rushing (Senior Talent Buyer, Live Nation); Sheryl Louis (Artist Manager, CSM Management); Nick Hartley (Artist Manager, The Fitzgerald-Hartley Company); and more to be announced. 

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)

Mentors include: to be announced.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $20,000 (US) 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. All prizes are listed on the Prize page. Winners for the 2018 competition will be announced by early September, 2018.

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 

NOTE: Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories, except for the Screen Shot category which accepts 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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In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, Unsigned Only is running a special two-week promotion, "Win Some Love," from February 14-28, 2018.... (more)

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