Aspiring musicians have been using Stagelight to make their musical dreams a sonic, shareable reality for a few years now. But there’s a new contest kicking into gear this week that will go even further to make the dreams of some lucky Stagelight creatives come true. It’s the #TeamUp with Timbaland Song Contest. Along with Microsoft, Lenovo US and SMS Audio, Open Labs is behind another chance to get your music heard by thousands and to pick up some awesome prizes in the process. And the grand prize is enough to make any potential creative pause: studio time with Timbo the King, where the super producer will work on and produce the lucky winner’s original composition. That’s right, the winner (plus a guest) will be flown to Miami, Florida to work with the legend himself. In terms of advancing a recording career, an assist from Timbaland is quite the helping hand.
While the contest has been accepting entries since mid-August, it wasn’t until today (August 27) that people could listen to the songs and vote for their favorites. See the hundreds of entries here. To enter, it’s a three-step process. 1.) Create a song (Stagelight is available here if a music creation app is needed). 2.) Upload it to SoundCloud or YouTube with the corresponding link. At this point the song is in the running. But to get up to sprint, all creatives need to 3.) share the song and contest with friends, family and fans to rack up the “likes” necessary to be a finalist.
Here’s how the official contest page lays it out:
HOW IT WORKS
ENTER YOUR SONG
The contest is open to individual, aspiring music artists who are 18 years and over and legal U.S. residents. Your submission must be of an ORIGINAL SONG and you can submit only one song. To submit, simply provide either a SoundCloud audio link or YouTube video link to your song. Your original song can be with or without lyrics and across any music genre. If you haven’t already recorded your song, we recommend you use Stagelight, The Easy Way to Create Music. You can download the app for 30-days FREE here.
GET YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE
Use the share icons on your song profile page to share your original song entry/entries with friends and ask them to vote! Voting begins on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Phase One judging will be based on a combination of votes from the general public and judging by Timbaland as well as our judging panel. Up to five finalists will be selected. During Phase Two judging, those finalists will be given a music challenge by Timbaland to determine the Grand Prize winner.
CONTEST GRAND PRIZE
The winner (and a companion) will be flown to Miami where they will spend the day in the studio with legendary music producer Timbaland. Timbaland will collaborate with the winner to produce a song. For complete details of the Grand Prize, click here.
It’s worth noting, as well, that unlike the still-running Stagelight #MonthlyMusicContest
, the prizes for #TeamUp with Timbaland will be handed out on an every-other-week basis, not a monthly one. Still have questions? Here’s the contest FAQ:
HOW OFTEN CAN PEOPLE VOTE?
Visitors to the site can vote as often and on as many songs as they want, but can only vote once on a particular song submission.
I SUBMITTED MY SONG. WHY DON’T I SEE MY PROFILE ON THE SITE?
Submitted song entries must be approved by the contest moderator before they appear on the site. Please allow up to 24 hours.In addition, the Music Gallery featuring artists’ song profiles will be viewable starting Wednesday, August 27, 2014 [EDITOR’S NOTE: TODAY], when voting officially begins. It may be that the Music Gallery isn’t live yet on the
WHY CAN’T MY FRIENDS VOTE?
Voting period begins Wednesday, August 27, 2014. It may be that you shared your video during the initial Song Submission period and voting hasn’t begun yet.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SONG CONTEST AND THE SWEEPSTAKES?
The Song Contest is limited to those submitting songs. The Sweepstakes is open to both site visitors and contest entrants.You may enter the Sweepstakes once per day to increase your chances of winning.
WHAT ARE THE SWEEPSTAKES PRIZES?
The Grand Prize is the ultimate trip for two to Los Angeles, with two VIP Weekend One 3-Day Passes to the Coachella 2015 Music Festival. You can also win incredible tech and music prizes from Lenovo, Stagelight, and SMS Audio every other week. For a complete list of sweepstakes prizes and details, see the prizes section in the Sweepstakes’ Official Rules.
I’M HAVING TECHNICAL ISSUES OR HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONTEST. WHAT
CAN I DO?
Creatives can contact the contest through this page
The exact prizes, other than the famed studio time with Timbaland, are impressive. We didn’t lead with the Coachella passes that you can get from the sweepstakes, because those are a pretty great surprise for readers getting down this far. There are more, though: a Lenovo Y50 Ultra HD Laptop, SMS STREET by 50 Pro DJ Headphones and (of course) Stagelight: Timbaland Edition. This entire prize package here is valued at over $1,600. The Grand Prize, aka WORK WITH TIMBALAND ON YOUR SONG, includes the following:
Trip for two to Miami, Florida
Roundtrip air transportation to Miami, Florida
Ground transportation to/from airport/hotel and to/from recording session.
Two (2) nights hotel accommodations.
Note: Hotel may require the minimum age of 21 or older in order to register. If the winner is under the age of 21 a parent or legal guardian may be required as the Winner’s guest.
Recording session with Timbaland (not to exceed (6) hours).
Winner to receive a $500 American Express® Gift Card
This prize package is valued at over $4,900.
The time is now and the choice is clear. As Twitter user (and soon-to-be contestant, apparently) Emissary
says, “I… cannot waste… this opportunity hahahahaha too good to be true!”
The five finalists for Tim’s production help will be announced on October 13. The Grand Prize winner will be selected on November 6. Who will be the lucky creative to #TeamUp?