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 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:

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