The Gauntlet's Big Break

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The Gauntlet is an extremely well respected, high-traffic website and online music trade publication that features the hottest up-and-coming hard rock and metal bands. We are dedicated to true talent and are considered a reliable A&R source for music executives.

The Gauntlet is owned and operated by several music industry executives that are behind some of the world's biggest artists.

For the Big Break contest, The Gauntlet is partnering with Sonicbids to discover new bands and give them the exposure they deserve! One winner will be selected from Sonicbids to be featured on the front page of the Gauntlet's Unsigned Band of the Month section and have their best song will be sent out to over 10,000 music lovers and industry execs via the famous Gauntlet Mailing list.

The contest winner will also receive a free first year account with Textango - the future of selling music. Textango allows anyone anywhere to buy YOUR music by sending a text message with their cell phones. The charge is added onto the person’s cell phone bill and the music is downloaded off the Textango website. Now, people anywhere in the US with or without a credit card can purchase digital music legally. What's more, independent artists can provide the same point of sale at their shows without having to spend thousands of dollars getting CDs pressed! Imagine being on stage and telling the crowd to text your band name to 23333 to buy your album instantly!

Contest judges include industry executives including Managers, A&R and promotions experts who currently work with some of the biggest artists in the world.