September 30, 2021

Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for its Regular Deadline period at $30 per song submission until January 19, 2022. Click here to enter your music. 

September 27, 2021

Unsigned Only's Early Bird deadline is quickly approaching on September 29, 2021. Take advantage of this discounted entry fee and enter your songs before the price goes up. Click here to enter. 

September 8, 2021

Unsigned Only is proud to announce the 2021 winners. Click here to view the complete list of all winners. Congratulations to Sophie Pecora on winning the overall Grand Prize and to all other winners, and a thank you to everyone who entered this year!

Click here for a list of all prizes.



Week One - Get Feedback

Winner: Madison Olds (Kamloops, BC, Canada) – “If You Wanna” - Pop/Top 40


Annie J (Wellington, New Zealand) – "Girl Who Cried Wolf” – Pop/Top 40 
Billy D And The Hoodoos (Portland, OR, USA) – "Somethin's Wrong” – Blues
Carolyn Hao (Toronto, ON, Canada) – "Banana Milk” – Teen
Chandler Leighton (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – "Would You?” – Pop/Top 40
Clare Cunningham (Nashville, TN, USA) – "Clovers” – Christian
Jesse Terry (Stonington, CT, USA) – "Hanging The Stars” – Americana
Josh Taerk (Toronto, ON, Canada) – "Midnight Mustang” – Rock
Madeline Schoppe (Stuart, FL, USA) – "Jealousy” – Teen
Madi Earl (Gilbert, AZ, USA) – "Not My Fault” – Pop/Top 40

Week Two - Get Published

Winner: du0 (Brisbane, QLD, Australia) – “Come Home” – EDM


Carus Thompson (Fremantle, WA, Australia) – "Ship To Come In” – Folk/Singer-Songwriter
Ezra Vancil (Dallas, TX, USA) – "Beat Of My Heart” – AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
Kasi Opi (Nacogdoches, TX, USA) – "Rain Ft. Nevve” – EDM
LITTLE REDFOX (Toronto, ON, Canada) – "Human” – AC (Adult Contemporary)
LT (Cairns, QLD, Australia) – "How Would It Feel” – AC (Adult Contemporary)
MACY (Abertillery, Wales) – "Rainbow Eyes” – Pop/Top 40
Maxfield James (Nashville, TN, USA) – "Where You Wanna Go” – Country
RIGSI (Idyllwild, CA, USA) – "Elephant Rope” – Christian
Sam Cullen (Invercargill, New Zealand) – "1000X” – AAA (Adult Album Alternative)

Week Three - Get Paid

Dustin Starks (Snowflake, AZ, USA) – “Winter To Spring”

Win Some Love – three winners (in alphabetical order)

Bun (Lichtervelde, Belgium) – “Burnout”
Desolo (Olympia, WA, USA) – “Mars”
Trent-Jean (Perth, WA, Australia) – “B4IDie”

Hop To It

Lachlan Edwards (Newcastle, NSW, Australia) – “Little Too Late”

Video Only

Professional Video: Max M Max M (Bry, France) – “Imaginary Problems”

Homemade Video: Zach Evans (Boerne, TX, USA) – “Little Bitty Man” 

August 3, 2021

Unsigned Only is pleased to announce the 2021 finalists. Click here to view the complete list of finalists.

You can listen to and vote for your favorite artist in Unsigned Only's public vote by going to https://unsignedonly.com/fandemonium. Please show your support for these finalists!

The winners and runners-up in all special promotions (Win Some Love, Video Only, Hop To It, and Triple Play) will be announced when the overall winners are announced in September. 

Congratulations to all finalists, and thank you to everyone who entered this year.

Unsigned Only Announces 2021 Semi-Finalists
July 12, 2021

Unsigned Only is pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the 2021 competition. Congratulations to all semi-finalists, and thank you to everyone who entered this year.

Click here to view the complete list of semi-finalists. Finalists will be announced within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Unsigned Only 2022 is now accepting entries. The Early Bird entry fee is only $25 until September 29, 2021, so enter early and save!

July 9, 2021

The 2021 Unsigned Only semi-finalists will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Check Out Unsigned Only's Prizes
June 10, 2021

Unsigned Only gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes. Check out our sponsors and their generous prize offerings here

June 2, 2021

Unsigned Only is kicking off the final week of its Triple Play promotion with GET PAID. If you've been thinking about purchasing a new guitar, keyboard, microphone, but don't have the funds, this promotion is for you because we are giving away cash.

Please note: this will be the last and final chance to enter the overall 2021 Unsigned Only competition.

One overall winner will be selected to win $1,000 USD in cashand a Spire Studio from iZotope.

Enter your music by June 9 before we close entries for the year. 

Triple Play Week Two Taking Entries Now
May 26, 2021

One constant revenue stream for artists will always be publishing. But how do you get your music heard by influential publishers? We have a solution. Enter your songs into Unsigned Only's Triple Play Week Two promotion - GET PUBLISHED - May 26 to June 1, 2021.

One overall winner will be selected from the finalists and will get to speak directly to and network with executives from well-known and respected music publishing companies including BMG Rights Management (BMG), Disney Music Publishing, Kobalt Music, Artist Publishing Group (APG), and more. 

Ten finalists will be chosen, and their songs will be made available online to a group of over 1,000 publishers.

Additionally, all finalists will receive a copy of the Music Publishers Registry. This includes full contact information for all major and independent music publishers in the US, Canada, and the UK, including address, phone, email, website, and the style of music preference.

All Triple Play entrants will also be included in the overall 2021 Unsigned Only Music Competition, and be eligible to share in over $150,000 in cash, prizes, exposure, and more.  

All genres and styles of music are accepted.

Please note: this promotion is for original music only.

Click here to enter your songs. 

May 19, 2021

Unsigned Only is reopening entries for its annual three-week special promotion called TRIPLE PLAY. Each week will offer a different promotion and bring unique opportunities and benefits tailored to help indie artists. All Triple Play entries will also be included in the 2021 competition.

Please note: the TRIPLE PLAY promotion will be your last and final chance to enter this year's competition.


All Week One promotion entrants will receive:

The combined value of these two offerings is like getting your song entry for free!

Click here to enter. 

Entry Platform Remains Open
May 11, 2021

Unsigned Only is still taking entries for its 2021 competition. Soon, we will be announcing three special promotions as part of our annual Triple Play promotion. Stay tuned for further details. 

April 8, 2021

Unsigned Only's Extended Deadline is approaching soon on April 28, 2021, at $35 per entry. Click here to enter. 

Unsigned Only Launches Promotion - Enter Now For Only $25
March 31, 2021

Unsigned Only Music Competition is now taking entries for a discounted entry fee special promotion called HOP TO IT!, running March 31 to April 7, 2021.  The limited-time discounted entry fee is $25 per submission for all of our 18 available categories. Additionally, all songs entered into the promotion will automatically be entered into the overall 2021 Unsigned Only Music Competition.

One overall winner from the HOP TO IT! special promotion will be awarded a Mojave Audio MA-201fetVG large-diaphragm condenser microphone and an iZotope Spire Studio 2.

Enter your songs today and take advantage of the cost savings by clicking here!

March 23, 2021

We recently had a chat with our friends at APRA AMCOS to discuss the benefits of entering Unsigned Only. Check it out here

Video Only Promotion Extended
March 19, 2021

We've had a number of requests for additional time to enter the Video Only special promotion, so we've extended the deadline through the weekend to Monday, March 22. As a reminder, because Unsigned Only does not have a regular Music Video category, this will be your only chance to enter a music video into the overall 2021 competition.

Hurry, the deadline is now Monday, March 22 (midnight CST US).

You can enter a homemade video or a professionally-produced video. Original music and cover songs are eligible. Two winners will be selected and awarded some cool prizes including a lyric video from 351 Studio and an aerial drone to improve your overall video-making skills. Additionally, all entries in the promotion will also be included in the overall 2021 Unsigned Only Music Competition.

Click here to enter. 

Video Only Promotion Taking Entries Now
March 10, 2021

Unsigned Only Music Competition is taking entries for its Video Only special promotion, running March 10-19, 2021. Because Unsigned Only does not have a music video category, this will be the only opportunity to enter a music video in the competition this year. Original music and cover songs are eligible, and all credit will go to the performing artist(s). 

Please note: If you don’t want to enter the Video Only promotion, you can still enter your music into any of the Unsigned Only categories without entering the Video Only promo.

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What is Video Only?

This is an opportunity to show your creative side by putting your video making and promotional skills to the test, whether it be a fully produced video or a homemade video, that you shoot on your iPhone or video camera.

You don’t have to worry about being a professional, because two videos will become winners, one that is a fully produced video and one that is a homemade video.

Two winners will be awarded some cool prizes, including an aerial drone and a lyric video from 351 Studio. Plus, all entries will be entered into the overall 2021 Unsigned Only Music Competition and will be eligible for all competition prizes. 

How Do I Enter?

Follow the steps below to enter your music video: 

  1. Create your video (or choose one you've already created) and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, your website, or any other platform where we can view it.
  2. Log into Unsigned Only's entry platform (https://unsignedonly.com/enter) with your username and password. Note: new users will need to register for an account to enter. 
  3. Once you are logged in, click "Add Song" from the top menu. 
  4. At the top of the entry form, you'll choose whether it's a "professional" or "homemade" video. 
  5. Add your submission details (e.g., artist name, song title, etc.) and then input your streaming link. 
  6. Select the music category that best fits the style of the music video you are entering. Note: there is no music video category to select. 
  7. From there, you'll proceed to checkout and pay for the entry.

Can I Still Enter My Music?

Yes, you can opt-out of the Video Only special promotion by selecting "neither" at the top of the entry form and enter your music into any of Unsigned Only's regular music categories without entering the "Video Only" promo.  

We look forward to seeing your artistry in action!

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Check Out Unsigned Only's Judges
February 18, 2021

Unsigned Only's 2021 panel of judges includes celebrity recording artists and music industry execs from a variety of fields including journalism, licensing, publishing, management, booking, and more. Click here to see our complete judge panel. 

Win Some Love From Unsigned Only
February 3, 2021

In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine's Day, Unsigned Only is running a special promotion that's all about giving some love back to artists like you!

It's called WIN SOME LOVE and all songs entered between February 3-17, 2021 will automatically qualify for the promotion and be eligible to win prizes from our sponsors. Additionally, each song submitted will also be entered into the overall 2021 Unsigned Only Music Competition. 

Please note: songs entered do not need to be about love. We're not asking for love songs, we're looking to give love back to you. 

Three winners will be selected and chosen by Unsigned Only. You are welcome to enter as many songs as you like in as many categories as you like! Remember, the more songs our listening committee can hear, the better they can evaluate you as an artist. 

Prizes for WIN SOME LOVE include merchandise and services from Ernie Ball, CAD Audio, Arturia, Radio Airplay, Merch Cat, Indie Bible, and The Music Business Registry.

Click here to enter WIN SOME LOVE.

January 21, 2021

Unsigned Only has extended the deadline to April 28, 2021, at $35 per entry.  Click here to enter. 

Regular Deadline Approaching Soon
January 8, 2021

Unsigned Only's regular deadline is rapidly approaching on January 20, 2021. All styles and genres of music are accepted. To enter your songs, click here

2021 Unsigned Only Judges Announced
November 23, 2020

Unsigned Only has announced its official 2021 judge panel. Judges this year include Aimee Mann, Daughtry, Ryan Adams, LoCash, Bow Wow, Black Francis (The Pixies), Robert Smith (The Cure), Linda Perry, and many more. Click here to see a full list of judges. 

October 1, 2020

Unsigned Only is now in its regular deadline period and is accepting entries until January 13, 2021 at $30 per submission. Enter your songs here.  

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