NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TouchTunes, the largest interactive entertainment platform in North America, and Photo Finish Records, a joint venture label with Republic Records (a division of Universal Music Group) are joining forces in search of America's next big talent. The TouchTunes 2014 Breakout Band contest will take place this summer and allow unsigned artists a chance to win a single release with Photo Finish Records, as well as $3,000 and a national music promotion on TouchTunes.
Breakout Band puts a modern twist on battle of the bands, reviving the age-old live music competition through TouchTunes' #1 social jukebox mobile app and its network of location-based jukeboxes. The contest will give 500 indie artists the opportunity to have their music promoted to 30MM+ users at over 60,000 TouchTunes' bars and restaurants nationwide.
"We're so excited to partner with Photo Finish Records on the first-ever jukebox battle of the bands," said Vicki Saunders, SVP, Marketing and Programming for TouchTunes. "Local artists are now able to leverage TouchTunes' massive reach to promote their music to millions of music enthusiasts and help make a name for themselves."
Unsigned artists will compete by submitting one original song at www.touchtunes.com/breakoutband for consideration. The first 500 submissions will be added to a national themed music playlist and promoted across the TouchTunes network. Fans of competing bands will be encouraged to download the TouchTunes mobile app, find locations and blast their favorite band's music at their local hangout. A panel of music experts, including Matt Galle, Photo Finish Record's President and Paradigm Talent Agent, will evaluate entries based upon various criteria including creativity, originality of music and public appeal. The winning band will be announced in late September.
"A big part of my career has been discovering great new talent and helping the artist build their business into a career," said Matt Galle, President of Photo Finish Records. "I am excited to be working with TouchTunes to find the next great artist."
Artists interested in participating in the contest should download the TouchTunes mobile app to find the nearest TouchTunes location.
TouchTunes is the largest in-venue interactive music and entertainment platform, featured in over 73,000 bars and restaurants across North America and Europe. Our network supports a growing portfolio of location-based digital solutions that encourage social interactions through shared experiences. TouchTunes generates approximately 2 million paid song downloads per day and over 2 million people have downloaded our Android and iPhone apps, which allow users to choose the perfect soundtrack for their night without ever leaving their seats. TouchTunes' award-winning products and services also offer a range of additional social entertainment experiences—from an integrated photo booth to the first fully licensed commercial karaoke system—while providing powerful advertising and promotional opportunities for consumer brands and music artists. TouchTunes is a privately held U.S. corporation with offices in New York, Chicago, Mountain View and Montreal. For further information please visit us at www.touchtunes.com.
About Photo Finish Records
Photo Finish Records, an independent label launched in 2006 by Matt Galle (named in Billboard Magazine's latest "40 under 40") boasts a diverse roster including alternative rock bands, pop artists, electronica acts, and hip-hop artists. The label's artists include Denver-based pop-dance band 3OH!3, whose chart-topping Top 40 single "Don't Trust Me," helped the band's gold debut album "WANT" to go on to sell nearly 10 million singles combined. Other recent artists on the roster include The Mowgli's, with their recent top 10 Alternative/top 5 AAA hit "San Francisco", press darling up and comers MisterWives, Grammy winning producer/DJ/artist Clinton Sparks, and The Strypes, the acclaimed alternative rock band from Ireland, managed by Elton John's Rocket Music. Listen to music and more at www.photofinishrecords.com.