2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition Announces Judges And Mentors
November 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM (PT)
UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION has announced its judging panel for the 2013 competition, which is now accepting entries. The panel of judges consists of the top echelon of recording artists and music journalists, representing the ten categories of popular music covered by the competition.
Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company, UNSIGNED ONLY's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. T
The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 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. Entries are being accepted now until MARCH 14th, 2013. Categories include: Triple A, AC, Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, Teen and Vocal Performance.
The founders of the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC), started UNSIGNED ONLY in 2011. Founders/Directors CANDACE AVERY and JIM MORGAN said, "We are gearing up for another great year of UNSIGNED ONLY with even more judges, bigger cash prizes, and another great opportunity to bridge the gap between unsigned artists and the music industry executives who could potentially influence and elevate their careers."
The judging panel is comprised of an impressive group of recording artists and top-level music journalists. They include: CHRISSIE HYNDE; CYNDI LAUPER; IGGY POP; CARLY SIMON; JOHN OATES; EVE; 3 DOORS DOWN; NEON TREES; BRANDI CARLILE; HUNTER HAYES; MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA; BLACK FRANCIS (THE PIXIES); Ryan Bingham; Faith Evans; David Crowder; Craig Morgan; Robert Smith (The Cure); DARRYL MCDANIELS (RUN DMC); OF MONSTERS AND MEN; WYNONNA; AARON SHUST; KIRKO BANGZ; G. LOVE; JASON GRAY; DUSTIN LYNCH; THE MOUNTAIN GOATS; ANTHONY DECURTIS (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); JOSH JACKSON (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); VANESSA SATTEN (Editor-In-Chief, XXL Magazine); CHRISTOPHER WEINGARTEN (Senior Editor, Spin); and CHRIS RICHARDS (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post).
The panel of mentors who have signed on to participate is equally impressive. Included are: MONTE LIPMAN (President of REPUBLIC RECORDS); PETE GANBARG (Executive VP/Head of A&R, ATLANTIC RECORDS); SHAWN HOLIDAY (Senior VP of A&R, RCA RECORDS AND SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING); JOSH BAILEY (Sr. VP of A&R, WORD LABEL GROUP); KIM STEPHENS (President, FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT and A&R/CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP); ALLISON B. JONES (VP of A&R, BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP); LISA RAMSEY-PERKINS (Senior Director of A&R, SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE); and more to be announced.
All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance and Teen categories, which allow original or cover songs.