Guitar Center Launches Singer-Songwriter V

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Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter has launched its fifth installment, offering aspiring singer/songwriters across the country the chance to take their careers to the next level. The winner of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 5 will have the opportunity to record a four-song EP with Grammy award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, HAIM and more); perform to a national television audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. | 10:35 p.m. CST on ABC; take home new gear, $25,000 cash and much more. Joining the fold of advisers this year is Dallas Green of City and Colour who will lend his talents as a mentor to the winner, guiding them through the writing and recording process.

Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 5 winner will receive:
•  four-song EP and studio time with Ariel Rechtshaid
•  Mentoring songwriting session with City and Colour
•  Performance slot on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
•  $25,000 Cash
•  Showcase performance on the Grand Plaza Stage at the 2017 Winter NAMM show
•  New gear from instrument retailers such as AVID, Bose, Martin, Gibson Memphis, Shure, Roland, D’Addario, TC-Group, Dunlop, Acoustic Amplification and Zoom
•  A write up in American Songwriter Magazine
•  A feature on Guitar Center’s Web Series

Beginning Sept. 1 through Nov. 2, unsigned singer/songwriters from across the continental United States are invited to submit an original live music performance video at Submissions will be ranked on their social media engagement and fan growth throughout the submission period. The top-ranked 150 artists will be reviewed personally by Ariel Rechtshaid who will then handpick five finalists to perform live in Los Angeles, CA where one winner will be named.

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