BMI is currently accepting submissions for its 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, to be held in Atlanta on April 11, 2013 at Terminal West. Aspiring artists from all urban genres, including r&b, rap and hip-hop, are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to perform at this lauded, star-spotting annual showcase. Four finalists will be selected to compete in front of a panel of music industry heavyweights, including top executives, artists, producers, managers and attorneys. The winner will receive an array of prizes (past prizes included studio time, tickets to the BMI Urban Awards, a photo shoot and much more). The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Interested performers need to be BMI-affiliated, and must join Sonicbids to submit an Electronic Press Kit (EPK). Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters, is offering a free two-week membership for new members. The EPK must include two songs, a promotional photograph, a biography, and a day/evening contact phone number. There is a $10 fee to submit your EPK on Sonicbids. Only the selected performers will be contacted. To submit an EPK, please visit Sonicbids.com
The 14th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, which attracted droves of Atlanta’s influential music community, featured performances by showcase winner Chase N. Cashe, the inimitable Rick Ross, Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Travis Porter, DJ Khaled-backed rapper Ace Hood, and hit-making wordsmith Sean Garrett. In addition, BMI presented entertainment mogul Devyne Stephens with the Legends of ATL Award, which recognizes a community leader for his or her contributions to the Atlanta music scene.