Submissions Open for Sixth Annual “Your Big Break” Competition

Local Musicians Ages 15 to 25 (Long Island and All 5 Boroughs) Can Perform for Music Business Professionals and a Chance to Win Great Prizes in Three Rounds February 3, March 10, and April 21

 

Now in its sixth year, the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution are preparing for yet another exciting competition as the “Your Big Break” (YBB) Showcase Series returns in 2018! Taking place February 3, March 10 and April 21 in the Gold Coast Acoustic Café (113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY), it’s been recently announced that submissions are now open through January 7 for those who think they have what it takes to be Long Island and greater New York’s “Next Big Thing”!

There is an open call for submissions for all musicians ages 15 to 25 living on Long Island and in all five boroughs that do not currently have a recording or publishing contract to submit for the showcase events. Interested artists must perform with a band or solo, with an acoustic guitar or sing to a backing music track. Though artists will be judged in areas from stage presence to overall musicianship, YBB is largely a singing competition. There is no fee to submit!

 

Those interested can email the following information to gnacbigbreak@gmail.com:

  • One MP3 Song
  • One Photo
  • A Short Bio

or

  • Enter at ReverbNation by clicking here.

 

Earlier this year, YBB crowned 21-year-old singer/songwriter Paris Ray the 2017 winner along with runner up, Julia Lambert, and an outstanding performance by New York natives The Como Brothers!

During the competition, mentors assigned to the finalists for YBB work to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. 2018 mentors are still TBD — while this past year’s included American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Dream Recording Studio’s Jason Melker, Sojourn Record’s Mark Ambosino, producer/songwriter and former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records Jimmy Bralower, singer/songwriter John Hampson of Nine Days, and songwriter/producer Donnie Klang of MTV’s Making the Band.

Judges are major players in the competition as well, with past years having included some of the music industry’s elite such as: ReverbNation.com’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, songwriter Tara Eberle Drouin and label executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, Mark Ambrosino.

 

Prizes Include:

  • The chance to open for national acts at major venues like Stereo Garden and the Paramount in New York
  • PR and social media campaign including management, booking, and label services consultation with Rick Eberle
  • Musical equipment from All Music, Inc. (Owner, Guy Brogna, will judge)
  • Homepage feature on ReverbNation.com (Co-Founder, Lou Plaia, will judge)

 

Each evening is capped with a special headlining performance. Past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Lem Payne, Jr., Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, and Sir Cadian Rhythm, all of whom are local musicians who have had major success in the industry, with hopes to further inspire the next generation of New York stars presented each year.

 

 

About the Gold Coast Arts Center

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to producing and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years they have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 6th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.