Published May 05, 2009Tired of losing at those tacky Battle of the Bands gigs? MySpace Canada and Corus Entertainment have come up with a way to get discovered without even leaving your practice space. Titled "Found On MySpace," the competitions provides musicians with an opportunity to engage music enthusiasts and artists on platforms where they are already highly active. Artists will be able to leverage MySpace to develop and create buzz around their music, grow and engage a fan base and road test their material.
Every month, musicians are encouraged to send submissions through MySpace Radio. Following a two week submission window, five finalists will be selected to be voted on by MySpace Canada users. Voting will will run for two weeks at MySpace Radio, and then finalists will be notified by MySpace and receive tips on how to engage with their audience. Once the voting stage is complete, MySpace will tally votes for each artist and notify ExploreMusic of the winner. The winner, as selected by users, will be showcased on ExploreMusic, a nationally syndicated radio show and web portal hosted by Toronto-based music know-it-all Alan Cross, on the first Thursday of every month.
Says Cross, "MySpace represents the democratization of music distribution as it allows any artist an opportunity to reach music fans anywhere on the planet for zero cost. Music fans know that they can go to MySpace and investigate virtually any band they want - again at zero cost. We've already seen a few artists break into the mainstream after finding a following on MySpace - and we're going to see a lot more. ExploreMusic's goal is to help that process of discovery-and-breakthrough along."