ARCHIVE: Band Contests

March 24, 2008

American Idol Songwriter - Be David Archuleta's Muse

You still have one week to submit your song for consideration in the American Idol Songwriter contest.  (i.e. here's your chance to write for David Archuleta, the fan- and judge-favorite.)Last year's winning song, "This is My Now" (what does that... Read More

January 28, 2008

Gibson Les Paul Bails $10,000 Contest Prize

There seems to be a lot of band contests these days, and you'd think a company like Gibson Les Paul would be one whose terms you could trust.  Apparently, Tonedeff won the Lalapolooza Last Band Standing contest in 2006, and... Read More

January 23, 2008

Samsung Battle of the Unsigned Bands

Samsung is holding an online Battle of the Unsigned Bands where the winner gets to tour with The Used in the ROCKSTAR Get A Life Tour happening this spring.  Bands sign up free, upload bio, photos, music...then wait until Friday,... Read More

August 08, 2007

50 Cent, Common, Polow Da Don Judge OnTheRise Rap Contest

YouTube is kicking off its week-long OnTheRise rap competition in two days.  $10,000 is at stake, as well as potential YouTube glory.  As well as a chance to meet 50 Cent, Common, and Polow Da Don (or at least be... Read More

April 26, 2007

Contests for College Kids on

Band/song/music/film contests are popular PR tools for media sites looking to leverage viral marketing to their advantage.  I.e. offer bands prizes, bands bring in fans, fans are eyeballs, eyeballs bring ad dollars, etc, etc. That's cool, since awards and prizes... Read More

January 11, 2007

The FameCast Unsigned Band Competition

There's a new unsigned band competition whose submission deadline is right around the corner.  FameCast is extending an open call for bands to upload videos of themselves performing.  Fans vote for their favorites, the top 25 are reviewed by 'industry... Read More

October 02, 2006

Battle of Bands at Pays $10,000

PhilaFunk, an independent music hosting, selling, and networking site, is hosting a national battle of the bands where the winning band gets $10,000 in cold, hard cash.  Basically, bands submit music, listeners vote on the posted music, and finalists are... Read More

September 21, 2006

YouTube to Launch Unsigned Band Music Video Contest

Yet another music video contest for unsigned bands.  As if recording a few decent songs wasn't challenging enough.  But hey, that's something to be grateful for, ay?YouTube is launching the YouTube UnderGround contest, which will accept submissions between Oct. 2nd... Read More

September 19, 2006

Get Your Music Video Played on Fuse TV

The Fuse TV show, Steven's Untitled Rock Show, is launching Steven's Unsigned Band Search, which will be selecting and playing a new unsigned band music video every week. On November 30th, some big prize will be awarded to the best... Read More

August 09, 2006

PSP Rhythm Song Contest

If you've got a Sony PSP, and you've downloaded the free drum machine software PSP Rhythm 6.0 for it, you can enter the new PSP Rhythm Song Contest.  Throw in effects, a bass line, and use the "Extended" mode to... Read More

July 27, 2006

New BlogCritics Band of the Week Feature

BlogCritics is launching a new Band of the Week feature (starting tomorrow!), which will include interviews, reviews, and links to unsigned bands (or bands signed with very small labels).They're considering bands now -- if you've got something to show off, send... Read More

April 20, 2006

Submit a Song, Sing With Faith Hill

The 11th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is taking place soon, so think about getting your song in.  You can submit a song to as many categories as you like -- R&B, rock, country, etc -- but you have to pay... Read More

April 04, 2006

Get Your Music Heard in Movie "Snakes on a Plane"

New Line Cinema and media-community site TagWorld have partnered to launch the Snakes on a Plane Song Contest.  Any band can register with TagWorld and submit their best track for consideration by, well, everyone.  The 25 songs with the most votes... Read More

March 17, 2006

The Music Biz 101 Contest

If you're between the ages of 18-26, and are interested in working in the music industry either as an artist, publisher, label manager, technology manager, or whatever, check out this contest:25 college kids will will win an all-expense-paid trip to NYC to attend... Read More

February 21, 2006

Laptop Deathmatches - Electronic DJs Battle It Out

More and more electronic musicians are battling head-to-head in Laptop Deathmatches.  It's the techo-music-geek's version of a rap battle, where laptops replace turntables, and hardware and software rule the stage.I haven't seen one yet myself, but since reading an article... Read More

February 15, 2006

"Calling All Bands" Contest from Verizon and MySpace

One unsigned band on MySpace will get their song, music video, ring tone and ring back tone produced by Verizon Wireless for debut/release on V Cast Music, Verizon's music subscription service.More info in the press release, and at MySpace.(via Ringtonia)... Read More

February 03, 2006

American Idol Pay-For-Rotations Music Site

American Idol recently launched American Idol Underground, a music hosting site capitalizing on the show's brand name and its audience's dreams of stardom.Any artist can get a free profile page with gig promotion and fan club management.  Song submission, however, requires... Read More

November 28, 2005

Bud Light Battle of the Bands Online II (Submit Your Music!)

"Whazzaaaap???" "Drinkin' a Bud. Playin' in da Battle o' Da Bands." "True, true." Submit your music to "Bud Light Presents -- The Santa Cruz Live Battle of the Bands Online II" here, or listen to unsigned music here. Rap, rock,... Read More

November 09, 2005

XM & Bon Jovi: “Have A Nice Gig” Contest

Unsigned bands will compete to open for Bon Jovi! XM Satellite Radio and Bon Jovi are co-sponsoring a contest where bands in select cities will be able open for a show on the Have A Nice Day Tour. 24 bands... Read More