Include Aimee Mann, Sammy Hagar, MercyMe, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Delbert
McClinton, David Crowder, KT Tunstall, O.A.R., Melanie Fiona,
Phantogram, Montgomery Gentry, and Many More
January 9, 2017 –
Unsigned Only Music Competition is pleased to announce its panel of
judges for the 2017 competition, which is now accepting entries. Judges
consist of high profile recording artists ranging from icons such as
Sammy Hagar, Aimee Mann, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and Montgomery Gentry to
newer artists Phantogram, Paolo Nutini, and Grouplove, and many more.
Also on the panel are journalists and editors from magazines,
newspapers, and websites including Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, Yahoo Music, Entertainment Weekly, Guitar Player, and more.

the competition’s inception in 2012, Unsigned Only has become an
important source for discovering new talent and helping to nurture the
careers of up-and-coming artists. Unsigned Only awards $150,000 in cash
and prizes split among 28 winners, including $20,000 in cash (plus
additional prizes) to the overall Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize
winner will also be provided one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of
record company executives. This is a unique opportunity for an artist to
directly network with the highest level of record company professionals
and get guidance, advice, and feedback. First Place and Second Place
winners will also be selected in each category and awarded prizes.

continue to be excited about the talent that is submitted each year to
the competition from all over the world,” said Founders/Directors
Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “The amount of talented artists is
immeasurable, and Unsigned Only provides another avenue for musicians to
gain exposure and get noticed. Our goal is to help artists get their
music out there and further their careers.”

Categories include:
AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana,
Christian, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music),
Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, Screen Shot
(songs suitable for placement in film/TV/advertising/gaming), Teen
(artists 18 years old or younger), and Vocal Performance.

2017 judges include: Aimee
Mann; Sammy Hagar; The Killers; Montgomery Gentry; O.A.R.; MercyMe;
Phantogram; Grouplove; David Crowder; Delbert McClinton; The Struts;
Ying Yang Twins; Aaron Shuster; KT Tunstall; Melanie Fiona; Paolo
Nutini; Bone Thugs N Harmony; Lucero; Excision; Jamie Jones; Frank
Foster; Lydia Loveless; The Kooks; Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer,
Entertainment Weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief,
Paste Magazine); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone);
Zach Long (Associate Editor, Time Out Chicago); Caine O’Rear
(Editor-In-Chief, American Songwriter); Michael Molenda
(Editor-In-Chief, Guitar Player); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo
Music); Jed Gottlieb (Music & Theater Writer, Boston Herald); Kevin
McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); Suzanne Cadgene (Publisher,
Elmore Magazine); Sarah Jones (Editor, Electronic Musician Magazine);
and more to be announced.

For more information, please contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or
cavery@unsignedonly.com For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

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