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Unsigned Only Announces 2015 Winners

Country Music Duo Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell Take Home Grand Prize
For a complete list of winners, click here. Unsigned Only is now accepting entries. To enter, click here.
(Press Release) September 9, 2015 – The Unsigned Only Music Competition, geared toward musical artists who are unsigned to a major record label or its affiliates, announced its 2015 winners today. The competition recognizes the best in up-and-coming artists worldwide and acts as a benchmark for excellence in contemporary music. Winners were selected from 7,000 entries from all over the world and represent many genres of contemporary, commercial music. More than $100,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to a First and Second Place winner in each category, as well as to a fan favorite winner in the online public vote, Fandemonium. The 2015 Grand Prize goes to Australian (California-born) Jared Porter and New Zealander Kaylee Bell for their acclaimed duet and co-written song, “Pieces.” In addition to winning $10,000 in cash and $20,000 in merchandise and services, Porter and Bell also receive the opportunity to be mentored by the top echelon of record company professionals, including Presidents and top-level executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., Sony Music Nashville, RCA, Capitol, Big Machine, Roc Nation, Vanguard, Sugar Hill, and American Recordings. The 2015 Grand Prize winners, Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell, teamed up to write and perform the stunning duet, “Pieces.” With this collaboration, they have crafted a song that showcases their beautiful vocals and an emotional, stellar performance. The artists have a lot in common, as both are Toyota Star Maker winners and have accumulated extensive accolades, including winning the APRA New Zealand Best Country Song award for “Pieces.” The song also went to #1 on the Australia Country Music charts. “As we entered the fourth year of this competition, the level of talent has grown exponentially,” state Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “This year, the winners impressed the judges with their passion, creativity, energy, and artistry. The Grand Prize winners, Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell, embody the future of music, and we hope that the recognition they receive through Unsigned Only gives them the inspiration and ammunition to keep growing as artists and succeed in attaining their goals.”

2015 Grand Prize Winners: Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell

Jared Porter
Jared Porter
Kaylee Bell
Kaylee Bell

Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell – “Pieces” Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand www.jaredportermusic.com and www.facebook.com/JaredPorterBand www.kayleebellmusic.com and www.facebook.com/kayleebellmusic Congratulations to Jared and Kaylee!

Judges Aimee Mann; Dustin Lynch; The Killers; David Crowder; Robert Smith (The Cure); Ray Wylie Hubbard; Aaron Shust; Lucero; Kelly Price; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Rapsody; Kool And The Gang; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); and Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, New York Post) Screen Shot Judges Screen Shot is a new category this year and accepts songs that are appropriate for film, tv, advertising, gaming, etc. Judges for the Screen Shot category only include: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); James Kempner (JMK Connections); Randy Powell (Kicksta Music Group); Carlos Muhammad (Egyptian Man Entertainment Group); Richard Kirstein (Resilient Music LLP); and Jessica Cole (Lyric House Publishing) Grand Prize Mentors Pete Ganberg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Mike Elizondo (Senior Vice President of A&R, Warner Bros. Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R, Capitol Music Group); Lenny Santiago (Vice President of A&R, Roc Nation); Taylor Lindsey (Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); Dino Paredes (Senior Vice President of A&R/GM, American Recordings); Katie Welle (Senior Vice President of A&R, RCA Records); Gary Paczosa (Vice President of A&R, Sugar Hill Records/Vanguard Records); and Allison Jones (Senior Vice President, Big Machine) Categories AAA (Adult Album Alternative); AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Screen Shot*; Teen; and Vocal Performance. *Screen Shot is a new category this year and accepts songs that are appropriate for film, tv, advertising, and gaming. All styles of music are accepted into this category. The judges for this category are executives from music companies that specialize in finding and placing songs for film, tv, etc. Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Sony Creative Software, Gretsch Drums, ADK Microphones, Guitar Center, D’Addario, Disc Makers, Ultimate Ears, Lurssen Mastering, Eventric, Bombplates, and The Music Business Registry. Sponsors Spotlight

Ultimate Ears The UE 900s have you covered when you want the sound of a custom in-ear monitor with the convenience of a universal fit system. Whether this is your first in-ear monitor and you’re just starting your journey to customs or if you simply need a solid reliable back-up unit to always keep on hand, the UE 900s are the way to go. With 9 different fit-tip options you will find a new level of comfort and sound quality to your listening experience. For more information, click here.
Guitar Center Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 5 is now live, offering aspiring singer-songwriters across the country the chance to take their careers to the next level. The winner will have the opportunity to: record a 4-song E.P with Grammy award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, HAIM and more); perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!; take home new gear and $25,000 cash; plus much more. Joining the fold of advisers this year is Dallas Green of City and Colour who will lend his talents as a mentor to the winner, guiding them through the writing and recording process. Click here.
Lurssen Mastering Lurssen Mastering is a world-renowned multi Grammy award-winning mastering studio. Over the years they have developed the tools to get the very best out of a mix and in so doing, they are able to carefully streamline the process that allows them to work on budget and on deadline – while making no compromises. They strongly support the independent music community, and they have made a special point of offering very competitive rates for independent projects. Check them out at www.lurssenmastering.com.

Industry Partners Spotlight

Billboard Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com which is the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike.
Americana Music Association The Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together artists and industry professionals for four days of music and education. The event takes place September 15-20, 2015, in Nashville, TN. The conference features numerous panels, seminars and more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum and covering the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals. By night, AmericanaFest features over 140 evening showcases held at multiple downtown music venues and a ticket to the critically acclaimed Honors and Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. For more information, visit www.americanamusic.org.
Harry Fox Agency HFA is the nation’s leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry. With over 48,000 music publishing clients, HFA issues the largest number of licenses for the use of music in both physical and digital distribution formats. HFA also serves the D.I.Y. market with Songfile®, the company’s online licensing tool. Slingshot™, HFA’s rights management service offering, includes a suite of information management and technology solutions designed to simplify and facilitate the administration of intellectual property rights. As an industry leader in establishing global data standards, HFA is a founding member of Digital Data Exchange (DDEX).
ZUUS ZUUS is a free, multi-platform music video network with curated discovery at its core. Often described as “The Pandora of music video,” ZUUS is the place to discover more artists, enjoy premium original series and check out programmed music video channels when, where and how you choose. See more music on ZUUS at www.zuus.com.
Music Victoria Music Victoria is the not-for-profit contemporary music industry peak body for Victoria, Australia and is an independent, non-partisan and non-government association established to support and represent the Victorian music industry across all genres. Music Victoria provides advocacy on behalf of the music industry; offers professional development for musicians and industry workers; actively supports the development of the music community; and celebrates and promotes Victorian music. For more info, go to www.musicvictoria.com.au.
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 www.starnow.com and get discovered today!
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The 2011 Surface Festival offers bands the chance to play at London’s O2 complex and win £100,000 worth of prizes

Hey, all you rock and rollers out there – want to play music, be part of a music festival/competition in Europe and have the chance to win £100,000 worth of prizes and opportunities? Then read below to find out more about the 2011 Surface Festival!

Deuce Management & Promotion has recently collaborated with The Surface Festival ; a festival of new music held throughout Europe in aid of discovering and promoting new talent.

In 2011 the Surface Festival will be organising over 500 shows across 14 cities in the UK and Europe including London , Portsmouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Barcelona, and Budapest. The climax of the festival will culminate with 21 bands playing the Indigo2 at the o2 complex in London with the prospect of winning in excess of £100,000 worth of prizes and opportunities donated by the sponsors of the event.

The Surface Festival and Deuce Management & Promotion are now searching for high quality, professional bands and artists to enter next year’s event which commences on the 01 February 2011. Benefits of taking part in The Surface Festival include:

  • Having the chance to win prizes and opportunities in excess of £100,000

  • Performing to a new audience that enjoy your style of music

  • Having your Surface Festival gig promoted regionally and nationally

  • Potentially having your music promoted to a number of music-related businesses including, radio, record companies, managers and promoters

To apply to enter The Surface Festival, please click HERE

This is a fantastic opportunity to win a huge amount of prizes and perform live to a new audience.  As there has already been a large number of applications already received, it cannot be guaranteed that every band/artist that applies will be able to perform at The Surface Festival.   However, due to the high standards Deuce Management & Promotion sets, every band and artist registered with Deuce will be forwarded to The Surface Festival organisers once you have applied for priority listening. If you are registered with Deuce and would like to enter The Surface Festival, please forward a link to your music to rob@deucemp.com once you have applied.  

Further information on The Surface Festival can be found on their website www.surfacefestival.com

For a free evaluation and information on registering with Deuce Management & Promotion, please forward a link to your music to rob@deucemp.com or send your CD to the address below making sure you include full contact details:

Deuce Management & Promotion
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SE20 7WS

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Rob Saunders
Deuce Management & Promotion

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BANDS WILL BE CHOSEN FOR SHOWCASE IN NY

ReverbNation and Ernie Ball have announced their co-sponsorship of a Music Showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. No submission fee is required from artists seeking the opportunity to play at the prestigious music festival. The Showcase will be held at Crash Mansion on Thursday, Oct. 21 and will feature seven artists. To learn more about this opportunity or to submit, visit reverbnation.com/CMJshowcase2010. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 22, 2010. Artists are required to have a free ReverbNation profile and a Reverb Press Kit (RPK) in order to apply.

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INDIE WEEK IS LOOKING FOR A BAND TO TAKE TO IRELAND

Indie Week is a Canadian festival that takes place in October and then heads overseas in the Spring of 2011 for Indie Week Ireland. This year’s top act from the 2010 Canadian festival will get to perform at the Spring gig in Ireland. As a result of playing Indie Week Canada 2008, Thunder Bay’s Bella Clava went to Ireland, and it was their first tour ever, so all bands should feel welcome. The deadline to apply is approaching, so visit IndieWeek.com for details. Download the mail-in application from the website and send in your press kit, or apply online through Sonicbids at sonicbids.com/indieweek.

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LOS ANGELES MUSIC AWARDS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Attention all bands and solo artists: The Los Angeles Music Awards, the longest-running indie music awards show of its kind now in its twentieth consecutive year, is currently accepting submissions, for the stretch run to this year’s Main Event, taking place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. The LAMA’s are the longest-running independent awards show of its kind; past nominees include Grammy-winning act Black Eyed Peas, platinum pop artist Gwen Stefani; Alien Ant Farm; blues guitarist Walter Trout and many others. For more info: www.sonicbids.com/lamusicawards.

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MIAMI MUSIC FEST SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS DUE BY JULY 31

Showcase applications for the second annual Miami Music Festival are due by July 31 – submit yours asap at www.miamimusicfestival.org. Music of all genres will be featured during the 500+ performances at venues throughout the city Nov. 12-14. The Hyatt Regency Miami, which will host the event’s music industry and artists’ conference, is offering special rates, which you can also check out at the MMF website. For more news, follow them on Twitter – @MiamiMusicFesti.

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KOOLHAUS LAUNCHES UNSIGNED BAND COMPETITION

Koolhaus Games has announced its International Contest for Unsigned Bands. The winners will have their music included in the soundtrack of the next version of the company’s popular iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad game – iMP:Surf the Music, now available on iTunes. The contest is free to enter, any use of material would be on a non-exclusive basis and all intellectual property rights remain with the artist. Winners will receive a revenue share from game sales. Visit www.impmusicgame.com.

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ONE SONG COULD GET YOU SIGNED

Beginning May 7, you can enter your unsigned band in Rock The Space 2 for a chance to win a record contract with MySpace Records and a bunch of Fender gear. Just submit your best song, then begin customizing your demo tape to share with thousands of music fans on MySpace. You can also participate in Duels, where bands go head-to-head in categories like Best Tape Design and Song Title. Visit http://www.myspace.com/toyotamusic. For full details and Official Rules, CLICK HERE.

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Supernova.com Seeks Bands for All Expenses Paid Gig in India

Toronto, ON. May 3, 2010 — Supernova.com and E-18 have partnered to bring indie bands a once in a lifetime experience: an all-expenses paid gig at India’s biggest rock music festival. Supernova.com is seeking one band from the US and one band from Canada to travel all-expenses paid to India this August, to play at the Independence Rock music festival.

In its 25th year, Independence Rock has invited the winners of global Battle of the Bands® series from the Canada, the U.S., UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia to play, and to compete for the title of ‘Best Band in the World’. As the largest operator of Battle of the Bands® concerts in North America, Supernova.com is proud to be selecting both the US and Canada representatives of indie rock at the 25th Independence Rock Festival.

Any band of legal drinking age can sign up to play for their chance at a trip to India. Each individual Exposed and Band on the Run to India show (Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Dallas, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Ottawa) will hold a vote to advance ONE winner to the National Online Vote at the end of June 2010.

The National Online vote will determine the top 3 bands in Canada and the top 3 bands in the US. The finalists will then be judged by a panel of industry heavyweights, including Victor Mijars (Director of A/R, Warner Music Canada), Andy Curran (SRO/Anthem, Manager of Rush, Thornley), and Joel Baskin (founder, The Pilot Agency).

The panel will collectively select one winning band from Canada & one from the US, to each win an ALL expenses paid trip to India this August, including:

– Return airfare for you and your band (up to 5 members) to Mumbai, India

– 3+ star hotel accommodations for 3 days

– Spending money

– A guaranteed timeslot at Independent Rock 25 to compete for $50,000 in prizes!

Band registration is open from April 12th until May 20th, 2010, but space is limited and bands are urged to sign up immediately. Registration fee is $25 per band, or bands can contact jordanh@supernova.com to see if they qualify to have Supernova.com cover the fee.

Supernova.com is proud to be selecting both US and Canada’s representatives of indie rock to play at the 25th Independence Rock Festival; sign up today for your chance to win!

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MUSIC SUPERVISOR SEEKS ROCK TUNES FOR FILM/TV

TerriLynn Rosa informs Music Connection Magazine that she is on the lookout for “straightahead rock/indie-rock” for projects she’s at work on at 5 Alarm Music/Rescue Records. Send CD to 5 Alarm Music/Rescue Records, 35 W. Dayton St., Pasadena, CA 91105. You can also visit www.5alarmmusic.com, www.rescuerecords.net and blog.5alarmmusic.com.