August 11, 2014...Unsigned Only Music Competition has announced its 2014 finalists, and a total
of 150 finalists have been selected out of almost 8,000 entries from over 100 countries. An
annual music competition, Unsigned Only honors the most talented up-and-coming, unsigned artists
throughout the world. Winners are selected by a high-profile, prestigious panel of judges,
including Neon Trees, Of Monsters And Men, Rosanne Cash, John Oates, Dustin Lynch, Black Francis
(The Pixies), Robert Smith (The Cure), Mike Posner, and many more. Winners will be announced in
Click here to go to our Facebook page, and like us. Once you like us, you can listen to the songs
from all of the 2014 finalists, and vote for your favorite. You can vote once per day, every day
from August 11th until August 25th, and the overall Fandemonium winner (who will win lots of cool
prizes) will be announced in early September with the rest of the Unsigned Only winners. Please
note: the Fandemonium winner is completely separate from the regular winners selected by the
Unsigned Only judges.
Unsigned Only gives away cash prizes of $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000
to the First Place winner in each category, plus lots of great merchandise and services. Prizes
will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category, and the First Place winner of the
Teen category will win a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music's 5-Wk. Summer Performance
program! Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will have the unique opportunity to receive
one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label
presidents to heads of A&R.
Last year's Grand Prize winner, Wes Mack, says, "Unsigned Only was a spectacular experience for
me as an artist, from both a creative and business perspective. Beyond the obvious financial
benefit (which allowed me to complete my album), the opportunity to be mentored by top industry
people is truly exceptional and exposed me to a number of individuals that would have been
entirely inaccessible outside this contest. The added spotlight also was massively helpful in
propelling my debut single "Duet" into the Top 10 on the Canadian Country Billboard chart. I
continue to feel the benefits of this contest to this day."
Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne
Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors
Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain
Goats; Alt-J; Mike Posner; Rapsody;Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Chris
Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief,
Paste Magazine); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); and Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian)
Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra
Records); Seymour Stein (Chairman, SIRE Records and VP of Warner Bros Records); Pete Ganbarg
(Executive VP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Mike Elizondo (Sr. VP of A&R, Warner Bros.
Records); Tony Kiewel (VP of A&R Sub Pop Records, Hardly Art, Sub Pop Publishing); Allison
B. Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Label
Group); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Lenny
Santiago (VP of A&R, Roc Nation); Dino Paredes (Sr. VP of A&R/GM, American Recordings);
and Evan Peters (Director of A&R, Virgin Records)
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This year, Unsigned Only launched a new opportunity for artists, geared toward the
placement of music in film, TV, advertising, and video games. Sponsored by Radio
Airplay, Screen Shot offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard
by some of the top music execs who are looking to place music in various projects.
Music placement is a significant source of revenue for artists and can help to
boost a music career.
25 finalists have been selected, and their songs will be made available to over 500
industry contacts who are looking for music for upcoming projects. Additionally, one
overall winner will be selected and awarded $1,000 courtesy of Radio Airplay, plus
4,000 Radio Airplay credits, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such
as Twitter and Facebook, and an artist spotlight feature in their blog and newsletter
reaching over 200K members. The winner will also get to directly network with a group
of Screen Shot advisors selected from the list below.
The Screen Shot winner will be announced in September, along with all UO winners.
Congratulations to all Screen Shot finalists, and a big thank-you to Radio Airplay
for their participation and support.
"A Little Bit Of Awesome" - Sharp Turn Ahead
"Amadeus" - JoJo Worthington
"Anyhow" - Beauty Contest
"Believe" - Sam Eliot
"Berlin" - Airport Impressions
"Better Man" - Straalen
"Breaking Up" - Stephanie K
"Bursting Into Life" - Herold's Way
"Ceaseless Goodbye" - Imogen Clark
"Comfortably Sweet" - Steven Bowers
"I Have Your Touch" - Fairchild Brothers
"I Wanna Know" - Whitney Lusk
"Lookout Johnny" - Will Dailey
"Love Games" - Zyon Gooden
"Middle Of You" - Stan Lee Cole
"Ol' Water" - Dylan Starrs
"Push Play" - Magnetic Clouds
"Rabbit Suit" - Kid Zeus
"Rippin N' Rollin" - Jared Wesley
"Save My Soul" - Ray Goren
"The Fallout" - The Likes Of Us
"Tidal Waves And Hurricanes" - Maggie Szabo
"Train's Comin'" - The Likes Of Us
"What A Day Can Change" - Janet Panic
"You Wish She Was Me" - Kathryn Dean
Music placement advisors include: Alec Sharpe (Shine America); Ani
Johnson (Monomyth Media); Chip Miller (Desert C.A.M. Studios, Inc., Winmill Films
LLC); Cindy Badell-Slaughter (Heavy Hitters Music Group); David Weiss(The SongHunters);
Evan Stein(Experience Music Group); Jamie Sparks (Kicksta Music Group); Jennifer
Taunton (Level Two Music); Jessica Cole (Lyric House); Karyn Rachtman (Mind Your
Music); Linnette Harrigan (Linnette Harrigan Media); Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music);
Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Pat Weaver (Discovery Network); Rebecca Rienks (E!
Entertainment/NBC Universal); Richard Kirstein (Resilient Music); James Michael Kempter
II (JMKconnections); and Velma Barkwell (East End Music)
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