We’re excited to announce our 6th Annual TMP songwriter Competition & Showcase! While this year, the format will be a little different, the excitement of discovering new talent will stay the same! Artists will not only get a shot at winning $1,000 cash, they’ll also get showcased to some of the scene’s premier talent buyers, radio program directors, editorial playlisters, music critics, festival organizers, booking agents, managers, a few major record labels, and more! A list of judges can be found here (more TBA). This format provides the excitement of a competition, with the benefits of a showcase!
The contest will take course over 3 rounds:
Round 1: Video Submission Round
Contestants will submit a YouTube video of a live, solo/acoustic performance of TWO original songs. The video must have live music and live vocals (nothing prerecorded). While the video quality is not super important, we must be able to clearly hear the vocals and music. A recording from a phone of an acoustic song in the quiet of your living room is perfect! The contestant must currently reside, originally be from, or play a high percentage of shows in the region and our contest will be geared towards country, Americana, roots, folk, southern rock, or any other genre you would see on the Texas music charts. The performance must be solo/acoustic or only contain one singer and one player. Along with the YouTube Video, contestants will be asked to submit their names, a $20 entry fee, and their contact information.
Judging: The TMP team will judge contestants on three categories: songwriting, vocal ability, and musical performance!
Advancing: The contestants that receive the top 20 scores from the video submission round, will advance to the next round (although we do reserve the right to take more than 20).
*Advancing contestants announced on 8/16. Advancing contestants will then be asked to send one more video of a live, solo/acoustic performance of TWO MORE original songs to be used if the contestant makes it to the final round.
The 20 contestants that advance from the previous video submission round will be placed in two random groups: A and B. We will then send the submission videos to our industry judges: talent buyers, booking agents, managers, editorial playlisters etc…They will then score contestants on a scale from 1-10 in 3 categories: vocal ability, performance of musical instrument, and songwriting.
We will then air all of the videos via FB Live on 8/19 and allow the fans to vote. The contestant that receives the most amount of audience votes will receive 10 additional points, the contestants receiving the 2nd most audience votes, will receive 9 points, and so on….The number of audience votes will also act as the tie-breaker between any two artists with the same score.
Fan voting ends and industry judge’s scores are due on 8/23.
Advancing: The Top 5 scoring contestants from each group (10 total), will advance to the final round. Advancing contestants will be announced on 8/25.
The second submitted video from the 10 contestants advancing from the previous round will be sent to the industry judges. They will grade contestants on a scale from 1-10 in 3 categories: vocal ability, performance of musical instrument, and songwriting
We will then air all of the videos via FB Live on 8/27 and allow the audience to vote. The contestant that receives the most amount of audience votes will receive 10 additional points, the contestants receiving the 2nd most audience votes, will receive 9 points, and so on….The number of audience votes will also act as the tie-breaker between any two artists with the same score.
Fan voting ends and industry judge’s scores are due on 9/1.
Winner: The judge’s points and audience points will be combined, and the contestants will then be ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Winner will be announced on 9/3.
The submission deadline is 08/09 at Midnight and contestants will be notified by 08/17 of their advancement into next round.
Step 1: Record yourself performing two original songs (both songs in one video).
Step 2: Upload it to YouTube
Step 3: Fill out the form below with your name, contact information, performance video link, and additional information before August 9th, 2019. (YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, IF YOU DO NOT GET ONE, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM AGAIN)
Step 4: Pay entry fee (located here and below the form at the bottom of the page.)
Step 5: Register for our newsletter below that will keep up to date on this contest and other great opportunities for aspiring Texas/Red Dirt Artists (not required)
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