'Express Your Talent' Online Music Contest at McNally Smith College of Music is Looking for the Next Breakout Viral Music Artist

Dec 16, 2010, 06:00 ET from McNally Smith College of Music

Winners will receive $1000, the new iPad or an iPod Touch and maybe more….

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Overnight music sensations online are growing faster than you can say YouTube. Cover artist Keenan Cahill, indie sensations Pomplamoose, and pop star Owl City (whose recording career is now anchored at a major label and all over terrestrial radio stations) — are just three strong examples of creative music artists who started out as Internet phenoms. Now one of the nation's leading music colleges, McNally Smith College of Music, is looking for the next breakout music artist with its "Express Your Talent" online music contest!

"Express Your Talent" will empower anyone to create a three-minute music video piece showcasing their musical talent, whatever it may be. It's open to McNally Smith students — and non-students anywhere and everywhere. Prizes range from $1000 CASH prize, an iPad ($499 value) and an iPod Touch ($299 value) — plus whatever BUZZ comes of your video, which could catapult the winners to another whole level.

"The online music contest is just one simple way that the music college can give back to new talent and help inspire and encourage creativity," says Kareem Ahmed, New Media Manager at McNally Smith. "We also want to alert young people and others to pursue their passion, from making or producing music to working in the music industry. The contest is just one way they can do that. We're looking forward to all the entries — and maybe the next internet musical sensation."


To enter the online music contest please fill out the entry form and follow the easy instructions below:

1) Shoot a video using whatever you've got (iPhone, MacBook, Flip video, WebCam) of yourself doing what you do best. You can play drums, cover a song, rap an original, or play pots and pans. We are looking for something original, awesome, and innovative.

2) Upload your video to your own YouTube Channel. Title it "McNally Smith Express Your Talent- Your Name" and write a brief description of your talent.

3) Go to the McNally Smith College of Music Fan Page on Facebook and click "Like". If you already "Like" McNally Smith, go to the Wall tab and click on the small camcorder image under the box that says, "What's on your mind?" and from there just click "Upload a Video" and wait for your video to load.

4) Next, tell all of your friends to go to the McNally Smith College of Music Fan Page and to LIKE YOUR VIDEO. It will be located under the "Video" tab under "Videos by Others". You can give them instructions on how to get there or just copy and paste your own unique video link. The more likes you get, the higher your odds of winning. The 5 videos with the most 'likes' will make it to the second round where three winners will be chosen.

Application Details

  • You must be a Facebook Fan of McNally Smith College of Music
  • Please keep the videos to 3 minutes or less
  • All videos are property of McNally Smith College of Music
  • One video per candidate
  • Submissions will be received from January 1 through February 14, 2010
  • Please adhere to YouTube's Terms of Service which can be found here http://www.youtube.com/t/terms

Good luck!

About McNally Smith College of Music

McNally Smith alumni are working all over the world performing, recording, producing, being written about and leading successful lives in the music industry.

The music college's diverse faculty includes Grammy® Award nominees, Hollywood film composers, Broadway veterans,  players in Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," assorted Nashville Cats, best-selling Jazz men, authors, major label rockers, Billboard chart toppers, commissioned composers, accomplished producers and engineers who have worked with everyone from Atmosphere, Prince, Phil Collins and Aretha Franklin to Yanni, Paula Abdul, Dick Dale and countless other rockers, combos, orchestras, recording labels, and industry executives who care deeply about their art and the next generation of music makers. With more than 700 students and an 80-member faculty and the only Hip-Hop diploma program in the country, McNally Smith students get a personalized music education that combines musical artistry and wide access to current music technology, research tools and performance facilities.

For more information — or to interview Kareem Ahmed about the "Express Your Talent" contest — please contact Martin Keller, Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585 (land line), kelmart@aol.com, 612-220-6515 (cell).

SOURCE McNally Smith College of Music