Shure announces vocal competition
EMEA: Shure Europe has announced the details of a new competition designed to find the best up-and-coming vocal talent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dubbed Vocal Mastery, the competition is being held in collaboration with London's Academy of Contemporary Music and Metropolis Studios.
The competition is open to any vocalists in the EMEA region, provided they are of legal age and aren't already earning regular income from vocal work. It will offer a set of prizes to the five winners, who will be named Shure Vocal Masters in January 2016. Each will receive Shure equipment worth €1,000, and will be flown to London for two days to attend a Masterclass at ACM Academy of Contemporary Music and a recording session at Metropolis Studios.
To enter, contestants need to upload their own song featuring a vocal performance to the competition web site at any time between October 1st and December 22nd, 2015. During the competition a complete set of educational videos covering many aspects of vocal performance and recording will be made available by ACM and Shure to support the amateur vocalists, from vocal warm-up to singing styles and performance, and miking tips for vocalists.
In early January 2016, Shure will publish the 20 shortlisted entries plus one entrant most liked by the online community. All 21 shortlisted will be put forward to the panel of judges, which comprises ACM professional vocal coaches Erika Footman and Jono McNeil, and Konrad Birnbauer, A&R Talent Scout at Universal Music & Kobalt Music Publishing. The five winners will be announced later in January.