In the past record companies and radio stations chose the future of music. They picked from the available talent they were exposed to. They promoted what they thought we as the general public would like. They were motivated by money. As a result we have a current structure still dominated by karaoke talent, overly sampled previous hooks, and an incredibly difficult gauntlet for new musicians to travel to get decent exposure.
Now, with the internet and sites like YouTube, anyone can have their music heard by the masses. Stars have arisen out of left field, only turning to record companies after they have achieved in some cases a tremendous level of popularity. But these are still the rare exception, and a tremendous underworld of talented musicians grows causing "hit" radio to sound more and more cheese filled every year.
We at Mystonic have decided to launch what we think is the future of musical talent promotion. Very simply, we are hosting an original song contest on our YouTube page starting in December 2009, which is open to anyone who wants to submit their original music. Each month we pick 10 winners from a much larger group of entries, and award some various prizes - anything from 1 big prize to the top winner, or something for the entire group. The prize details for the month will be explained in each monthly video.
Here are the basics-
Every month we will be making a "Official Monthly Contest Video" and uploading it to our YouTube page. Click the link below to go to our YouTube page.
For the entire month, anyone can upload their original music, in any genre. They just need to use a video that YouTube will accept, and post it as a video response to our monthly contest video. The video quality of the entry doesn't matter nearly as much as the sound. It could just be a still picture. The music is the priority. But be aware - a creative video, or a video showing actual instrument playing or singing is always going to make a better impression than just a picture.
At the end of the month, that month's video will be locked from new submittals, and for 1 week we will be accepting votes from anyone who simply makes a profile on our voting page. (This will help minimize the effects of multiple voting) At the end of the week, voting will close and 10 winners will announced on a "winners video" - released shortly after the 8th.
Remember, when someone registers with our site, they include their YouTube name, and this allows for us to know who the actual artists are that are in the contest. Those artists can't vote for their own songs, but their "artist vote" counts more as the primary method for picking the winning tunes for the month. In the event of ties among the artist vote,(which happens every month) the popular vote decides the tie breaker. This is all done automatically by software written by our programmer and tech guru, Rick Smith,