Saturday, January 16, 2016

Unsigned Only Announces $20,000 (US) cash prize

Unsigned Only Announces 2016 Judges

Prizes include a $20,000 (US) cash prize to the Grand Prize winner
plus mentoring by record label executives!

To Enter, Click Here.
Are you looking to have your music heard? Are you looking for an opportunity to further your music career? Unsigned Only is designed specifically for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists - newcomers or veterans - and accepts original and cover songs.

Judged by a roster of celebrity recording artists and high-profile music journalists, Unsigned Only has increased its Grand Prize to $20,000 in cash (US) this year - plus additional merchandise!

The Grand Prize winner will also receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. These are the people who make decisions about who gets signed, and this could make the difference in your career. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to directly network with the top record company professionals and get advice, guidance, feedback, and networking opportunities.

2016 Judges

Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann
Dustin Lynch
Dustin Lynch
The Killers
The Killers
Kool & The Gang
Kool & The Gang
David Crowder
David Crowder
R. City
R. City
The Struts
The Struts
Darryl McDaniels - Run D.M.C.
Darryl McDaniels
Run D.M.C.
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Aaron Shust
Aaron Shust
Hayes Carll
Hayes Carll
The Turnpike Troubadours
The Turnpike Troubadours
Colt Ford
Colt Ford
Frank Foster
Frank Foster
Kelly Price
Kelly Price
Robert Smith - The Cure
Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor - Rolling Stone
Anthony DeCurtis
Contributing Editor
Rolling Stone
Josh Jackson, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief - Paste Magazine
Josh Jackson
Co-Founder and
Paste Magazine
Kyle Anderson, Senior Writer - Entertainment Weekly
Kyle Anderson
Senior Writer
Entertainment Weekly
Zach Long, Associate Editor - Time Out Chicago
Zach Long
Associate Editor
Time Out Chicago
Caine O'Rear, Editor-In-Chief - American Songwriter
Caine O'Rear
American Songwriter
Michael Molenda, Editor-In-Chief - Guitar Player
Michael Molenda
Guitar Player
Jim Farber, Music Critic
Jim Farber
Music Critic
Lindsey Parker, Managing Editor - Yahoo Music
Lindsey Parker
Managing Editor
Yahoo Music
Matthew Meadow, Editor-In-Chief - Your EDM
Matthew Meadow
Your EDM
Jed Gottlieb, Music & Theater Writer - Boston Herald
Jed Gottlieb
Music & Theater Writer
Boston Herald
Chelsea Perry
Chelsea Perry
Andy Herman, Music Editor - LA Weekly
Andy Herman
Music Editor
LA Weekly
Sasha Geffen, Associate Editor - Consequence of Sound
Sasha Geffen
Associate Editor
Consequence of Sound
Sarah Jones, Editor - Electronic Musician Magazine
Sarah Jones
Electronic Musician Magazine
Kevin McNeese, President - NewReleaseToday
Kevin McNeese


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; Teen; and Vocal Performance.

Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except Screen Shot which requires original songs suitable for placement in film, tv, advertising, or gaming.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Berklee College Of Music, Bombplates, Celebrity Access, D'Addario, Disc Makers, Eventric, Gretsch Drums, Groove 3, Indie Bible, Lurssen Mastering, Musicians Institute, My Song On Radio, Sony Creative Software and The Music Business Registry.

Sponsors Spotlight

DiscMakers DiscMakers
The Vocalists Guide from Disc Makers - Looking to get the most out of your vocal performances? Then check out the Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing from Disc Makers. This free guide covers the tips and techniques critical for singers in any genre of music, including: Care & Maintenance, Warm Up / Cool Down, Eating Potato Chips, and much, much more! Download your free copy.
Eventric Eventric
Eventric software is designed specifically for professionals who make their living on the road. Their applications and online services are constantly refined based on real-world experience and user feedback. Their users are out on the road right now, making live events happen. Join the top professionals in the music and touring industry and give Master Tour or Live Access Ticketing a try today for free.
Sony Creative Software Sony Creative Software
Sound Forge™ Pro Mac and SpectraLayers™ Pro are the most advanced waveform and spectral editing applications available today. Each with its own unique genius, they work seamlessly together to form a colossal editing system that offers extraordinary and immediate gains for audio professionals everywhere. Whether your game is mixing, mastering, repair and restoration, sound design, forensics, or analysis, Sound Forge Pro Mac 2.5 and SpectraLayers Pro 3 deliver the highest plateau of creative audio design. Save 50% on Audio Master Suite Mac 2 through January 31, 2016 - exclusively via Unsigned Only!

Industry Partners Spotlight

Folk Alliance International Folk Alliance International
The 28th annual Folk Alliance International Conference is the world's largest gathering of the folk music industry (crossing a diverse array of genres including Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Celtic, Cajun, Appalachian, Traditional, World, and Singer-Songwriter). Occurring February 17-21, 2016 in Kansas City, the conference draws 2,500 artists, agents, managers, publishers, labels, presenters, promoters and media to build the skills and network needed to maintain a professional folk career. For more information on the Folk Alliance International conference, visit them online at
APRA AMCOS work to ensure that composers, songwriters and publishers are rewarded whenever, and wherever, their musical works are played, performed or reproduced. They administer the performing and communication of works for 80,000 members, and provide support and education services including events, newsletters, grants and advocacy. They also provide Australian and New Zealand music consumers with access to the world's musical repertoire, through reciprocal agreements with collecting societies worldwide.
Canadian Music Week Canadian Music Week
Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 10 nights of performances, with more than 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. Canadian Music Week delegates will have the opportunity to attend conferences, networking events, access to the International market place and priority access to thousands of showcases, the CMW Film Fest and the Canadian International Comedy fest. Delegate registration is now open, to attend the 2016 installment register here. Artists can submit for performance opportunities by January 20, 2016 here.
StarNow StarNow
Kick-start your music career with StarNow! StarNow is the world's leading auditions and jobs website for musicians. As a member, you can apply to auditions and jobs on the site, be scouted in the Talent Directory, and work with some of the biggest names in the industry. Join at and get discovered today!
Track Spark Track Spark
Track Spark provides a monthly digital bundle for producers & composers. Get a free one-month trial to their service and receive all of the following in their January digital goody bag: The Abuser Distortion unit from Audiority worth $49; 80 awesome drum loops; EDM Remedy sample pack from Electronisounds; The importance of editing tutorial by Björgvin Benediktsson of; A/B-ing your mix tutorial by Rich Lewis of; The Bell From Shelf by That is a bumper goody bag and you can download it for free by getting your 1-month trial with Track Spark here:
SoundFly SoundFly
Soundfly is a new kind of music school out to help anyone, anywhere, discover and develop their unique voice and express it through music. They are a new kind of music school, providing unique tools to make you a better and more successful musician. Whether your goal is to play Carnegie Hall, tour the world with your indie band, or sing around a campfire with friends, they want to help you find the sound you're looking for and share it with the world. Go to
AlbumBaru AlbumBaru is the Indonesian music portal, provide information about latest album, best albums, album reviews, profile of musicians, the latest song lyrics, music agenda, music apps, and the Indonesian music scenes. For more info, go to
Feature.Fm Feature.Fm is the first digital advertising platform designed exclusively for music, giving you access to play the right song to the right people inside streaming services. Understand how people genuinely respond to your music with real-time insights so you can make better decisions about how to further develop and promote your songs. You will receive a 25% match on your first deposit with There is no subscription commitment and you only pay if your song is listened to for more than 30 seconds. Join now and get your music heard!
LoopLabs LoopLabs
Looplabs is a free, collaborative cloud-based music studio that lets anyone, regardless of technical skills or ability, easily make, share and discover music anywhere, anytime and with anyone - all from their web browser. Looplabs' intuitive interface harmonically snaps more than 25,000 royalty-free sounds into the same tempo and musical key, removing the complexities of musical theory and allowing anyone with internet access to easily create their own music for their YouTube, Instagram or Vine videos, drop in their next DJ set, remix artists, write songs, record raps or vocals or simply have fun with their friends.

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