Unsigned Only Music Competition Unsigned Only is a unique new international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers
who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints.

Unsigned Only is not a songwriting competition; instead, it is a music competition with the goal of finding an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Conceived of and produced by the same team who brings you the prestigious International Songwriting
Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is a brand new music competition and is completely separate and different
from ISC. It is Not part of the Unsigned Only category of ISC. Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to
other music competitions. 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. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to directly network with the top echelon of record
company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-
Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; and Vocal Performance.

Judging Criteria: originality, songwriting, vocals, performance, and overall likeability.

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance category which accepts original or cover
songs. Judging criteria in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals. So, if
you’re an artist and you don’t write your own songs – or if you do write your own songs and want to show off
your singing – this is the category for you.

To Enter, Click Here Sponsors include: Posse, Steamboat Ampworks, Verve Management, and Music Business Registry Judges 3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down
Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
Robert Smith - The Cure
Robert Smith
The Cure
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Manchester Orchestra
Manchester Orchestra
Angie Stone
Angie Stone
St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Musiq Soulchild
Musiq Soulchild
Craig Morgan
Craig Morgan
Mountain Goats
Mountain Goats
G. Love
G. Love
Steve Lillywhite - Producer
Steve Lillywhite
Producer
Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim
Lorraine Ali - Pop Music Editor - Los Angeles Times
Lorraine Ali
Pop Music Editor
Los Angeles Times
Josh Jackson - Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief Paste Magazine
Josh Jackson
Co-Founder and
Editor-In-Chief
Paste Magazine
Matt and Kim
Scott Lapatine
Founder/Editor-In-Chief,
Stereogum
and more to be announced…. Mentors Monte Lipman - President Pete Ganbarg - Executive VP, Head of A&R David Wolter - Senior VP of A&R Pete Giberga - Head of A&R David Wilkes - VP of A&R Monte Lipman
President
Pete Ganbarg
Executive VP
Head of A&R
David Wolter
Senior VP of A&R
Pete Giberga
Head of A&R
David Wilkes
VP of A&R
Kim Stephens - A&R Trevor Jerideau - VP of A&R Jason Geter - President Kim Stephens
A&R
Trevor Jerideau
VP of A&R
Jason Geter
President
and more to be announced….

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