School of Rock is conducting a talent search for vocally gifted teens called Center Stage Artist Search in partnership with Atlantic Records. The three-part contest helps artists get in front of music record executives.
“The singers will audition for free,” said Nicole Roach, general manager of School of Rock, Carmel. “They will submit a video, and 25 to 30 finalists will be chosen. They will be flown out to Los Angeles to take part in a showcase in front of record label executives.”
The global search is open to any vocalist between the ages of 13 and19. Participants do not need to be students at SoR.
“It’s a way for them to show off what they do and to try and break into the music industry,” Roach said.
SoR also will choose 100 applicants to receive scholarships to summer songwriting camps.
“That’s going to be geared more towards students who can’t afford to attend our school or can’t afford to do any music education,” Roach said. “So, that’s really cool, too.”
There is even an internal contest for SoR teachers and staff.
“Anyone who’s employed by SoR can submit two original songs,” Roach said. “Three finalists will be selected to fly to Los Angeles for a two-day songwriting workshop.”
The contest was created to give talented musicians visibility in the music industry.
“It can be tough to be seen by record labels,” Roach said. “SoR wanted to give people that opportunity for these kids to take their music careers to the next level. It’s geared toward anyone with musical potential but don’t know how to get in front of these record labels.”
Videos must be submitted by June 30. The video must contain a 90-second introduction and one song performance. Finalists will be notified later this year. To submit a video, visit schoolofrock.com/centerstage.