Cumulus' 'NASH Next' New Artist Country Competition Kicks Off Today
June 15, 2015 at 4:04 AM (PT)
CUMULUS' "NASH NEXT" country music competition for new artists, announced last month (NET NEWS 5/18), kicks off TODAY (6/15) with the opening of artist and band registration.
Fans will be able to judge the entrants through a series of challenges running through NOVEMBER; winners will be chosen based on social media activity, fan voting on the contest's website, and the decision of a panel including judges KIX BROOKS, CUMULUS EVP/Programming and Content JOHN DICKEY, and producer JAMES STROUD. The winner will be signed to the NASH NEXT label and the top 10 will participate in a national concert tour in 2016.
"I am honored to participate in this search to find the next great Country artist," said STROUD. "Throughout my career, I have invested in developing breakthrough talent and welcome this innovative new take on artist discovery."
“NASH NEXT will search the nation to find the best in undiscovered talent – from the musician trying to make it out of his or her hometown to up-and-coming Country bands," said BROOKS. "We are thrilled to put the power in the hands of Country fans and help decide who will become AMERICA’s next Country superstar.”
“Never before have Country artists had the opportunity to grow their careers by connecting and engaging directly with their fan base in this way,” said DICKEY. “NASH NEXT will spotlight the most impressive artists across the nation and I look forward to working with JAMES and KIX to help discover the best Country talent there is.”