Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are looking for exposure, recognition, and a chance to be noticed by industry professionals. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find 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 offers many categories/genres for you to enter, including Screen Shot which is geared toward getting your music into film, tv, video games, and other licensing opportunities. You can enter as many songs as you like in as many categories as you like. Since Unsigned Only is looking for an artist, it is advantageous to enter multiple songs so that the listening committee can know who you are as an artist.
The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $20,000 (US) 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 and will be awarded prizes. The First Place winner in the Screen Shot category will also be mentored by a group of music execs who place songs in film, tv, ads, and video games. Winners for the 2020 competition will be announced by early September 2020.
The complete list of categories includes:
AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
AC (Adult Contemporary)
EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
Screen Shot (original songs in all genres suited for placement in Film/TV/Advertising/Gaming)
Teen (for artists 18 years old and younger)
NOTE: Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories, except for the Screen Shot category which accepts original songs only. Entries in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals. Unsigned Only accepts all genres of music in the Teen, Vocal Performance, and Screen Shot categories.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Original dates (subject to change due to COVID-19)Unsigned Only will be taking entries through April 2020.
Paid - Over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including $20,000 to the Grand Prize Winner
All entrants cannot be signed to a major record label.
Anyone, aged 1 and over
Applications closed 16 January 2020.