Artist Call: Unsigned Only

RPM has partnered with the unique music competition Unsigned Only which seeks to find an undiscovered gem – a band or solo artist, a newcomer or veteran – to develop through one-on-one mentoring. The open call ends in two weeks, so read on and apply!

Brought to you by the team who presents the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), you can enter Unsigned Only by mail, online  – through Sonicbids or Reverbnation or even via Myspace – in one of nine genre categories. Choose a genre, upload a song (you can also enter more than one) and be sure to tell them we sent you. The competition is open to artists around the globe, just as long as they are not signed to a major label or any of its affiliates, and we’d love to see some of Turtle Island’s best Indigenous talents get in there.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $5,000 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.

The list of judges is astounding and includes Robert Smith (The Cure), Steve Lillywhite (Producer), Cyndi Lauper, St. Vincent, 3 Doors Down, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Jackson of Paste Magazine (Co-Founder/Editor-In-Chief), Scott Lapatine (Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Stereogum) and a lot more amazing artists and industry bigwigs.

From unsignedonly.com:

Yes, it offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals. But, Unsigned Only also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision-makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more.

For more info and to submit your work, visit unsignedonly.com.

Good luck!