CONTEST: Unsigned Only 2019

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Are you an unsigned artist (not signed to a major label record company)? If so, Unsigned Only is the perfect opportunity for you!

The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer - a band 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 Opportunity

Categories Include:  AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Christian, Country, EDM, 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, Blues, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, and World Music.

Official Judges/Mentors Include: Aimee Mann; Grouplove; Robert Smith (The Cure); O.A.R.; Jack Ingram; Aaron Shust; Lucero; and more, including industry leaders in artist management, tastemakers, music talent buyers, and editors of major music publications. For a full list of judges, click here.

The Band

  • Open only to artists who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints
  • Winners will be selected based on individual songs
  • Since Unsigned Only is a music competition (not a songwriting competition), it is advisable to submit as many songs as is necessary for the judges to have a good representation of the artist

The Gig

  • 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
  • 1st Place & 2nd Place winners will also be selected in each category and will be awarded prizes
  • For a full list of prizes, click here