Global Rockstar Kicks Off World's Largest Online Music Contest

VIENNA, Austria (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Revolutionary crowdfunding and promotional model for the stars of the future


Global Rockstar is looking for the best acts in the world: up to September 30th, musicians in every genre can enter original tracks to the national preliminary rounds for the chance to represent their country in the Global Finals. The winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000. Global Rockstar helps provide financial support to all of the participating bands as well as raising awareness of their music.


The world's largest online music contest has begun. Until the September 30th deadline, bands, solo artists, singer-songwriters and other artists from all over the world can enter the national preliminaries at http://www.globalrockstar.com. Songs from all musical genres are eligible – as long as they are original compositions and not covers. National winners will be decided by public vote, and will go on to compete for the grand prize of $25,000 in the Global Finals from December. The top three acts will also receive equipment from AKG by Harman with a total value of $10,000.The contest plans to be followedclosely around the globe: in 2013, more than 2,400 artists from 73 different countries took part in the Global Rockstar pilot project. Over 3.5 million music fans cast their votes, with Portuguese rock band Kandia emerging as the winner.


Global Rockstar: a global stage for undiscovered artists


"We set up Global Rockstar because we believe in music. There are so many great unknown artists and songs in the world – especially from countries that you seldom see in the charts. We want to put the spotlight on these musicians. Artists that enter their songs can present their music to listeners all over the world. This global exposure is priceless for young bands that want to get their music and their names out there," explained Christof Straub, CEO and co-founder of Global Rockstar. Supporters of Global Rockstar include numerous international stars including Grammy Award winners Macy Gray and The Commodores or guitar legend Al Di Meola.


Revolutionary crowdfunding model for music


Global Rockstar doesn't only bring the artists that take part worldwide exposure – it also offers financial support, thanks to an innovative crowdfunding model. Music fans all over the world can vote for their favorite act via social media, using Free Votes, but they are also able to cast extra "ROCK'N VOTES", which are acquired by making donations. Half of the net proceeds from "ROCK'N VOTES"go directly to the chosen artist, and fans get exclusive rewards in return, such as song downloads or signed T-shirts.


"These days more and more musicians are asking themselves how they can make a living from their work. With Global Rockstar, we believe that we've found a revolutionary and highly promising way to generate income. The artists gain the attention of fans all over the world, as well as industry experts, radio stations and potential sponsors. This global recognition vastly improves the chances of success when it comes to crowdfunding," pointed out Ronny Steibl, CMO and co-founder of Global Rockstar.


How the Global Rockstar 2014 competition works


A multi-stage process will be used to select the Global Rockstar 2014. The national preliminaries begin on September 1st and last until November 4th 2014 – after which the winner from each country will have been decided. The national winners will be announced as part of a live show on November 4th at the ORF Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, which will be shown worldwide via a webcast. From November 6th to December 1st 2014, fans across the globe can vote for the national winners in order to select the 64 most popular acts. Then, between 2nd and 14th of December, the Top 16 will be elected from this list. From December 15th, fans can vote for their Global Rockstar from the 16 artists on the shortlist. The winner will be announced on December 20th. Throughout the competition, updates and background info will be provided by the Global RockstarWebshow, a 20-part video series to be shot in Vienna and featuring big-name musicians.


Overview of key dates:
September 1: National preliminaries open
November 4: National winners announced (live show with simultaneous webcast)
November 6: Global stage begins
December 1: Worldwide top 64 announced
December 14: Worldwide top 16 announced
December 20: The Global Rockstar 2014 is announced

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