Changes to the monthly competitions

Hi and welcome back to Amazing OurStage. We want to let you know that there will be changes to the prizes we are offering. Every month will be different.
This month we are awarding prizes of $100 to winners of the competition finals. In the future there will be prizes to help your musical career. Check back to find out.

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Win $7,500 And Perform With Monica at Birthday Bash 15!

Hey R&B Artists!

In case you didn’t hear, the R&B Channel has been taken over by Coca-Cola and Monica for the “Here I Am Talent Search with Monica”. With her new album Still Standing and single “Here I Am” in tow, GRAMMY award-winner Monica is making a triumphant return to the R&B stage. But she needs your help!

Monica is looking for the best R&B talent on OurStage so she is keeping a watchful eye on the Top 10 finalists in the new “Here I Am Talent Search with Monica” Music Channel. One lucky artist will be selected to perform on stage with Monica at Radio One’s Birthday Bash 15 in Atlanta.  In addition to performing with Monica, the winning artist will also get $7,500 cash. Don’t let this amazing, career-changing opportunity pass you by!

Let your fans know they can also win the chance to go to Birthday Bash 15 and watch as you share the stage with Monica. Fans can vote often as they like and will be automatically entered into the random sweepstakes. How’s that for incentive?

Grace the Stage With Monica at Birthday Bash 15!

GRAMMY award-winning artist Monica is back to tell everybody, “Here I Am”!

In honor of her atest album Still Standing and new single “Here I Am”, chart topper Monica will be keeping her ears glued to the R&B Channel this month for the “Here I Am Talent Search With Monica” Competition presented by Coca-Cola. One artist will be given the chance to get behind the mic with the singer at Atlanta’s biggest birthday celebration— Radio One’s Birthday Bash 15!

Starting May 13, 2010, R&B artists can submit their smoothest track to the “Here I Am Talent Search with Monica” Music Channel.

Monica will also fly in one lucky fan to watch her bring down the house at Birthday Bash 15. OurStage fans can cast their vote in the “Here I Am Talent Search with Monica” Music Channel to be automatically entered into the sweepstakes.

Viewer Discretion Advised: EXCLUSIVE City City Behind The Scenes

We’re very excited and proud to announce that one of OurStage’s own, City City, recently wrapped their first music video for the track “The Network.” As many of you surely know, the trials and tribulations of a talented yet “undiscovered” band are nothing to be dismissed. Hard work, strong bonds and a little bit of craftiness go a long way on the road to stardom.

Our friends in City City love us just as much, so they’ve given us the exclusive on the behind-the-scenes footage that went into making this killer music video. The band teamed up with the very talented director Bo Mirosseni, the man behind some of the hilariously viral Skittles, Starburst and Virgin Mobile commercials (see below). “The Network” includes everything we think a good music video should have, right down to the ironic mustache. The entire video was shot for $1,500, and when you see the finished product below, we know you’ll be blown away. When starting out, its important to rely on the kindness of others, and the band experienced this first hand with a camera rental hookup by a friend (normally this would cost $1,000 a day).

Jeff Kirchner (keyboard, programmer) is a teacher by day, and schools his students in Pro-Tools and audio production. Vocalist Dan McCollister works as a counselor for inner-city gang members. No doubt karma was in full swing as Jeff’s skills doubled their workload for this music video’s efforts, and locations were shot pro bono through McCollister’s non-profit.

Editing on the video was done for free and another friend worked on set as a production assistant, doing everything from running errands to making sure the floors were shiny enough for the performance shots.  But connections and relationships only bring you so far and shooting a music video is a lot of work. Originally intended to be a 2-day shoot, rain set in on the second day and band had to scrap the intended outdoor performance shots for inside scenes.

“We had to be up at the ass crack of dawn figuring out what the f*** we were going to do…where we would shoot. The liquor store in that video? Normally a location like that would cost like $500. Jeff goes there like every day and talks to the owner. They let us shoot for a while. We had to do a third day (about 2 months later) because we were poor…it would cost more…camera rental…and we had no prospects. We FINALLY got an opening with our “hookup” and he let us do it for $450. It was stressful. It was like a giant stink smog cloud that always followed you around.

“Not having done much as a band yet, taking months off to make a video was a thrilling but completely ignorant decision. We had no idea what this all entailed. All the people involved. It is still a bit unreal but exciting as I’m just now realizing that it’s finished. Lots of band meeting nights. Coffee Bean. Driving here and there. Location scouting. Awkward phone calls with the producer and director about budget…..”

Luckily all their hard work paid off. You can find City City‘s official video for “The Network” below, as well as on all of their networking sites. Go ahead and give these guys some love, they deserve it. You can also find the Bo Mirosseni-directed commercial for Virgin Mobile below (simply because it makes us giggle).

Bon Jovi Announces Winners Of “WANTED: A SUPERBAND TONIGHT!” Competition

After weeks of intense competition from thousands of bands across North America, where 3.3 million votes were cast by fans, the winners have finally been chosen for “Bon Jovi’s Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight!’ competition on OurStage!

Thirteen lucky, up-and-coming artists in eight cities across the US and Canada have scored a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—opening for Bon Jovi at one of the GRAMMY Award-winning band’s The Circle Tour stadium dates.  Winning bands will perform before Bon Jovi themselves, not to mention take the stage in front of tens of thousands of fans! Check out the full list of winning bands below:

Hershey, Pennsylvania
Charm City Devils
East Rutherford, New Jersey
DIVE
The Best Week Ever
Kids of Survival
LoveSick Radio
Edmonton, Alberta
The Malibu Knights
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sierra Noble
Toronto, Ontario
Trophy
Chris Caddell and The Wreckage
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Mission Hill
Regina, Saskatchewan
Enjoy Your Pumas
Chicago, Illinois
7th Heaven
The Worsties

OurStage Launches Music-Centric Classifieds

After lots of hard work, OurStage Classifieds is now live! Our Classifieds are made up of music-centric categories so that artists, fans and industry professionals can connect with one another to fulfill all of their music-related needs. Read on for all the details about Classifieds!

What’s great about Classifieds is that we’re letting everybody in on the action. Artists, fans and music industry pros will all find a lot to do in Classifieds. The main categories — Artist Opportunities, Events, Services, For Sale, Connect, Musicians Wanted and Personals — and their many subcategories allow for connection, promotion, collaboration, job hunting and more!

Here’s what’s in it for you:

Artists Connect with other artists: Find a drummer, MC or start your own band! Locate other artists to share gigs and rehearsal space.

Connect with industry professionals and fans: Promote concerts, tours and new releases, and recruit fans to join your street team! Browse live performance, collaboration and promotional opportunities. Find tour managers, roadies and places to stay during your next tour or look for engineers, manufacturers and graphic designers for your next album.

Fans Connect with other fans that share your interests: Find a new concert buddy, get new music recommendations, start a fan club, locate upcoming concerts and festivals in your area and more. Check out CD releases, listening parties and tour news from your favorite artists. Buy and sell concert tickets, instruments and memorabilia, find a new guitar teacher even join a street team! The possibilities are endless.

Industry Connect with artists, fans and other industry professionals:  Find talent for upcoming shows, promote events and new releases to fans, recruit new members for your street team, fill staff positions, connect with photographers, engineers, merchandisers and more!

Why should you post your music-related listings in Classifieds? Unlike the audience of other classified sites, the OurStage community — the audience for our Classifieds — lives and breathes music. Whether you’re looking for a guitar or a guitarist, odds are that someone in the OurStage community has what you’re looking for. Also, Classifieds makes validation easier. All Classifieds users must have an OurStage profile, so there are no anonymous listings. View a user’s profile and decide whether or not you want to enter into a transaction with them all without leaving OurStage.

The OurStage team is really excited about the Classifieds launch and we hope you share our enthusiasm. For a limited time, posting in Classifieds will be free, so click on “Marketplace” in the main navigation bar, select “Classifieds” and start posting!

If you have any questions about Classifieds, please feel free to contact marketplace@ourstage.com.

Boston Bands, Want To Share the Stage with Anberlin & Mayday Parade?

This spring the Journeys Backyard BBQ is once again touring North America and serving up the sickest athletes in action sports alongside killer headlining bands such as Anberlin and Mayday Parade. To make the Boston stop even tastier, Converse is partnering with OurStage to rock the Converse “Battle of the Bands”. Local bands will compete online then duke it out live at the North Shore Shopping Mall on May 29, 2010.

Judges from Journeys and Converse will select 2 finalists from the Top 20 ranked artists on the “Converse Battle of the Bands” Music Channel. Artists entries should fall into one or more of the following genres: alternative rock, indie rock, modern rock, indie pop, pop, hard rock and punk.

Do you think your band has what it takes? Upload your best original song by May 22, 2010 here.

For info on the Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour click here.

Check out the iROCK blog here.

Congratulations to prattle on, rick from OurStage and Ernie Ball!

This month the good folks at Ernie Ball kept their ears glued to the Folk Channel to award one lucky winner with an entire years worth of strings and accessories. It’s pretty much anything an up-and-coming artist could ask for, right? So as May rolls in, we have another winner to announce!

With catchy hooks and roomy choruses, it’s clear why prattle on, rick caught the attention of the crew over at Ernie Ball. Patrick Rickelton, the sole permanent member, is a veteran of  Nashville-based bands Noble Three and Greenland, and even appeared with Greenland on ABC’s Good Morning America back in 2006.  But not until recently has he found his true place in the booming Nashville scene with prattle on,  rick .  His latest album, Communion Bread, is one that has landed him a number of steady gigs in Nashville and an appearance at the Firefly Festival in Dickson, Tennessee.  Though Mr. Rickelton may be the only set member, we’re sure he will find plenty of ways to use his newly acquired plethora of strings and accessories!

Check out the “Folkin Around” blog here

Hard Rock Artists: Enter Your Best Song to Win a Year’s Supply of Strings from Ernie Ball

Get ready to shred! Ernie Ball is back and looking to reward one hard-rocking, face-melting artist during the month of May. The highest-ranked artist on OurStage’s Hard Rock Channel will receive $500 of guitar strings and accessories. Submit your best original songs by May 22nd in order to be eligible to win. Entries must fall into one or more of the following genres: hard rock, metal or punk.

To get a preview of some of the competition and discover more up-and-coming hard rock artists, check out the “Metal Mondays” blog.

And be sure to stop by the Folk Channel for updates on April’s winner.

For more information visit http://www.ourstage.com/go/ernieball

For more information visit http://www.ourstage.com/go/ernieball

Attention Hip-Hop Artists & Fans: Win a Chance to Head Down to A-T-L!



You think you’ve got what it takes to hang with Luda in the dirty dirty? Ludacris is returning to the stage for Atlanta’s hottest hip hop celebration, Birthday Bash 15, and he wants to bring you to the party to celebrate VIP style!

Beginning May 1st, OurStage hip hop, alternative hip hop, R&B and soul artists are encouraged to submit Magnum-related tracks to the Trojan “Magnum Live Large Project” Channel. Ludacris will be looking for the best ORIGINAL song that displays how you maintain the “Magnum Gold Standard” and live above the status quo. Artists can also download instrumental tracks from Ludacris’s label, Disturbing Tha Peace, and chop them up to make them their own.  The winning artist will be selected from the Top 10 finalists by Ludacris, and will be flown down to Atlanta, along with a guest, to chill with Luda at the Trojan Magnum VIP Event on June 18th then watch him kill it on stage at Birthday Bash 15 on June 19th. Oh yeah, the winner also gets $5,000 presented to them on stage by Ludacris himself!
 Don’t worry fans, we’ve got you covered! One lucky winner and a guest will also be flown down to Atlanta to hang out with Ludacris at the Trojan Magnum VIP Event on June 18th, and watch him take the stage at Birthday Bash 15 on June 19th. Just vote for your favorite artist starting May 1st, and you will be entered into the random sweepstakes to win! It is just that easy!

In the meantime, check out some hot tracks from our Hip Hop Channel here

And the “Hip Hop Habit” blog here

Win Tickets to the Lilith Fair by Voting for Your Favorite Opening Act!

During the summers of 1997-1999, singer Sarah McLachlan along with other notable female musicians toured the country to celebrate women artists, raising money for charities along the way.

The result of their efforts was the wildly successful Lilith Fair. After a long hiatus, McLachlan & company are back to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this ground-breaking festival. This year, they are giving up-and-coming female artists their chance to carve their names into the fair’s hallowed history, and you can be there to witness it!

OurStage fans can vote for their favorite act on the “Lilith Local Talent Search” Channel starting May 1st. The top contender in each “Lilith Local Talent Search” region will be plucked out of the Top 20 finalists by Sarah McLachlan herself. And as a thank you to all you fans, the judges who best predict the opening act for their city will win 2 tickets to the event!

 


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