It is that time of year again where we try and give one lucky band or solo musician some great prizes to boost their prospects in 2015. We are of course talking about our annual Kickstart competition. Previous winners include SOAK, Those Ghosts and In An Instant so you will be in excellent company should you take the prize in 2015.
Kickstart is open to any musicians or bands from Northern Ireland interested in pushing themselves and their careers forward in 2015. All genres and ages are welcome, the only restrictions are that you are originally from NI and that you haven’t released a full length album.
Once all the entries are received, the Chordblossom team will decide who will initially be shortlisted. These shortlisted acts will be subject to a public vote to decide the final four musicians in contention. These final four acts will perform at a showcase gig in The Bar With No Name after which a collection of local music industry experts will decide the winner of Kickstart 2015!
► Professional Career Advice – Courtesy of Third Bar Artist Development
Before you begin collecting the rest of your prizes you will sit down with Third Bar Artist Development, a joint enterprise between Davy Matchett & Gary Lightbody to decide which song you should record as a single and develop a plan for taking your career to the next level.
► Single Recording – Courtesy of Millbank Studios
You will have the privilege of recording a single at the prestigious Millbank Studios. When you consider that artists like Rams’ Pocket Radio, The Rupture Dogs, A Plastic Rose and Malojian have all recorded here, you know your release is going to sound sumptuous.
► Video for your Single – Courtesy of Dog Kennel Productions
To accompany your single you will work with Dog Kennel Productions to produce a stunning video. 2014 was a busy year for the company as they produced videos for Escobar, Owen McGarry, Amanda St John & LORIS to name but a few.
► Festival Slot – Courtesy of Stendhal Festival of Art
2014 played host to the best Stendhal Festival of Art yet. Combining established artists from overseas like Turin Brakes, Frightened Rabbit with the cream of Northern Irish music, you will join the bill of this Limavady festival in 2015.
► First Play of your Single – Courtesy of Electric Mainline
To ensure your single gets some much needed radio airplay, Stephen McCauley of BBC Radio Foyle’s Electric Mainline will play it live on air as soon as it has been recorded.
► CD Duplication – Courtesy of Botanic Media
So you’ve recorded your single now you just need to get it to the masses. Botanic Media will provide you with 50 copies of your new single for you to distribute how you see fit. Previous clients have included Ben Glover and The Bonnevilles.
► Single Artwork – Courtesy of DSNT
There is no point in having a stunning new single if you don’t have some spectacular artwork to grace the cover. Never fear as DSNT have kindly agree to design your single sleeve. They are a multi-disciplined creative company based in Belfast and have worked with the likes of Ryan Vail, Ghosts and Unknwn.
► Professional Photoshoot – Courtesy of Ciara McMullan Photography
You’ll find Ciara McMullan at hundreds of local music shows across Northern Ireland every year and quite a few of our bands use her images as promotional material. Lucky for you, she’ll make sure you have your own quality images as part of a professional photoshoot.
► Single Launch Gig in Belfast – Courtesy of Chordblossom
Not only are we offering you all these wonderful prizes but we will also host your illustrious single launch. In 2014 we hosted EP launches for the Wood Burning Savages and LORIS, so have a fair idea how to put on a memorable show.
How To Enter ►
You must be a musician or band originally from Northern Ireland and have not released an album. If you meet this criteria please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– Band/Musician Name:
– A Social Media Link
– An MP3 of your best track (if you entered in 2014 please send in a different track)
Timeline For The Competition ►
– Monday 18th January 2015 – Competition announced and entry opens
– Sunday 1st February 2015 – Entries Close
– Sunday 8th/Monday 9th February 2015 – Top 20 Announced – Voting Opens
– Sunday 15th February 2015 – Voting Closes
– Monday, 16th February 2015 – Final 4 Announced
– Friday 27th February 2015 – Showcase Gig & Winner Announced