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Unsigned Only 2019 has reopened entries for a special promotion, so if you missed the deadline and still want to enter, or if you want to enter more songs, you still have a chance to participate in this year’s competition.

Unsigned Only gives songwriters a shot at US$20,000 and to get their music heard by a host of high-profile music industry professionals in the US. 

Conceived of and produced by the team behind the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is open to everyone; bands, singers, solo artists, newcomers or veterans...raw or polished. There’s just one condition - it’s only open to acts not already signed to a major label. This means a level playing field for unknown acts to get a huge boost in their career.

The GRAND SLAM promotion runs from May 8th to June 6, 2019. Each week will offer a different promotion and bring unique opportunities and benefits to entrants. Songwriters are welcome to enter any or all rounds. Winners for the four promotion stages will be announced along with all of the other category winners in September 2019. Every entrant will also be entered into the overall 2019 Unsigned Only competition and have the chance for their music to be heard by a high-profile panel of judges, as well as be eligible to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes.

Scroll down for info on all four rounds and click below to enter!

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Unsigned Only: Grand Slam


You’ve got a great song or album, so now what do you do? If you want to easily sell it online via iTunes, Spotify, etc., then this promotion is made for you. Ten finalists will be chosen, and one overall winner will receive one free album distribution online and one free video distribution, courtesy of Symphonic Distribution. Everyone who enters this promotion will have their initial Symphonic Distribution setup fee waived.  

Additionally, every indie artist could use more exposure, and this promotion will help to achieve that goal. All 10 finalists chosen will each receive a social media promo package across Unsigned Only’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and inclusion on Unsigned Only’s Spotify playlist. One overall winner will receive an additional promotion that will include an official press release distributed to thousands of press outlets, editorial coverage from our industry partners, and one advertisement in a top entertainment magazine.

SECOND BASE | 15 – 21 MAY 

You’ve got a great song that is ideal for music licensing, but you don’t know where to start? Unsigned Only is offering you the opportunity to learn more about how to get your songs on TV and film. Ten finalists will be chosen and awarded full access to the New Artist Model online training course Get Your Music Licensed. Created by music licensing expert Joyce Kettering, this program is a proven roadmap that will put you on the path to licensing your music for film, TV, advertisements, and YouTube. Learn how to prepare your songs for licensing, pitch your music and get noticed by libraries and music supervisors, and unlock licensing revenue for yourself – all in an extremely practical way that will get you submitting your music in the first few weeks. Plus, you’ll get 100+ free licensing leads to get started. 

One overall winner will be awarded full access to the course plus six months of direct coaching calls and mentorship with Joyce. Additionally, the winner will receive a one-year free subscription to DISCO, a platform that allows you to effortlessly manage your music and access it from anywhere. Seamlessly manage formats, metadata, and splits; share professionally branded lists and embeddable players, and track access with in-depth stats. The nine runner-ups will receive six months free.

Additionally, all 10 finalists will receive a copy of the Film & Television Music Guide. This is a must-have resource for anyone looking to place their music into films, television, video games, and other visual media. With over 23 unique sections, this directory provides all of the direct contact information you need to get your music licensed for film, television, and video games. 

THIRD BASE | 22 – 28 MAY

We all know how important publishing is to an artist – it is one of the major sources of revenue, but it is extremely difficult to get your music heard by publishing companies. Unsigned Only is offering you the opportunity to have your songs heard by established, high-profile publishers. Ten finalists will be chosen, and their songs will be made available online to a group of over 1,000 publishers. One overall winner will also get to directly speak to and network with at least five publishers, all from well-known and respected music publishing companies.

Additionally, all 10 finalists will receive a copy of the Music Publishers Registry. This lists full contact information and is a comprehensive contact list of all the major and independent music publishers in the US, Canada, and the UK., including address, direct dial phone, email, assistant’s names, website, and the style of music on which they focus. 


There is nothing like cash to help finance a new album, buy new gear, prep for a tour, etc. One lucky winner will be selected to win $1,000 USD in cash. Additionally, the winner will receive 300 CDs in Jackets with UPC code, poly wrap, and the Mega Distribution Bundle from Disc Makers (Cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. Coupon is not transferable and has no cash value. Expires 12/31/20).

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