Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter Contest–Four Days Left To Enter

There are four days left to enter Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter Contest, a nationwide search for the next great undiscovered singer-songwriter. Dec. 23 is the last day for unsigned singer-songwriters across the United States to submit an original live music performance video at

Submissions will be ranked through the use of WHOOZNXT, a leading digital music company that tracks an artist’s fan growth across top social networks. All artists who enter will be ranked based on their online fan growth during the first round. In the second round, the top-ranked 140 artists will be reviewed by a panel of judges (including producer John Shanks), who will handpick 10 finalists. The finalists will perform live at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, where one winner will be chosen.

The contest was first introduced last fall, receiving over 17,000 submissions. The program has quickly become a viable platform for aspiring songwriters to achieve opportunities for a successful career.

The winner will receive multiple prizes, including the chance to record a 4-song EP with Shanks, a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!*, the chance to design his or her own electric or bass guitar courtesy of Fender, $10,000 cash, a feature in American Songwriter Magazine, recording studio time at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., worldwide digital music distribution from TuneCore and gear from Martin, Bose, Korg, Zoom, Shure, D’Addario, TC-Helicon and Converse.

“Last season was such a positive experience that I am thrilled to be back for another round of Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter,” says Shanks. “Working with up-and-coming artists to help them hone their sound and refine their style is what I love to do, and this program has laid out the perfect platform to allow me to do just that.”

For contest rules, click here.

* Winner must be 21 or older to qualify for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


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