We get a lot of press releases and informational emails, tweets and phone calls about stuff that sounds super cool. It would be impossible to fit all of it into the print issue and sometimes there is no clear category for where it would go if we did have room. So we’re going to start putting some of that here.
Here’s what’s up this week:
KSUA, the student operated media group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, won a mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. Rebecca File, KSUA’s general manager, said in an email to the Press, “We beat out many large schools such as WNYU and KALX, Berkley. It could not have been done without the immense support we received from not only the campus and fairbanks community but from around the state as well. In conjunction with the award KSUA will also be granted the opportunity to host an episode of College Radio Countdown on mtvU.” Congrats, KSUA! That’s huge! Keep up the awesome jams.
There is a national music competition for unsigned acts going on. The panel of judges is pretty cool (notably Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders) and the variety of categories means opportunities for a lot of different kinds of musicians.
2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Extended Until April 16, 2013
Due to overwhelming demand, the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition has extended its deadline date until April 16, 2013. The panel of judges for this year’s competition consists of the top echelon of recording artists and music journalists, and they will be selecting the winners in the ten categories of popular music covered by the competition.
Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company, Unsigned Only’s goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: 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.
First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, Teen, and Vocal Performance. All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance and Teen categories, which allow original or cover songs.