Guitar Center's 2014 Singer-Songwriter Competition Open For Submissions

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Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter has launched its fourth installment, offering aspiring singer-songwriters across the country the chance to take their careers to the next level. Having received over 12,000 entries last year, Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter again opens for submissions starting Monday, Sept. 1st.  

The winner of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 4 will have the opportunity to record a 4-song E.P with Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John, John Mayer), perform to a national television audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! which airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC, take home new gear, $25,000 cash and much more. Joining the fold of advisers this year is Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat who, having sold over six million albums and ten million singles worldwide, will lend her talents as a mentor to the winner, guiding them through the writing and recording process. 


Beginning September 1, 2014 through November 2, 2014 unsigned singer-songwriters from across the continental United States are invited to submit an original live music performance video at www.guitarcenter.com/songwriter. 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 Don Was who will then handpick 5 finalists to perform live at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA where one winner will be named. For official rules please visit: songwriter.amplifiertv.com/rules

Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 4 Winner Will Receive:

  • A 4-song E.P. with Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was
  • Mentoring Sessions with Grammy Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Colbie Caillat
  • $25,000 Cash
  • An on-air performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! which airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC
  • New gear from Martin Guitar, Gibson, Shure Microphones, Bose, D’Addario, Acoustic Amps, Avid, Casio, GoPro, and TC-Group
  • A feature on the award-winning webseries: At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt
  • Worldwide digital music and publishing support from TuneCore
  • Feature story in American Songwriter magazine 

“Taking a song and bringing it to life in a professional recording studio can be an intimidating process at first; I know it certainly was for me. So to be able to offer support and guidance to an emerging singer-songwriter is a huge honor. I look forward to playing a role in such an exciting time of someone’s songwriting career.” - Colbie Caillat

“My experience working on Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter last year was a hugely positive one. The amount of uniquely talented musicians that were unearthed in the submissions was just so impressive, I can’t wait to discover more this time around. And that’s why programs like this are so important for the future of music; they give burgeoning talent a chance to shine.” - Don Was