A new all-Ireland music competition has been launched to give aspiring songwriters and musicians a chance to win prizes such as €3,000 of music gear.
Star Nation is the brainchild of Irish-owned pizza chain Four Star Pizza, which is calling on musicians across the four provinces to submit one original song for a unique opportunity to grab themselves a slice of success, increase their profile, and win some great prizes.
Prizes include €3,000 of musical equipment from leading music store MusicMaker in Dublin, a one-day recording session at the renowned Windmill Lane Recording Studios, and a chance to perform live at the final showcase gig in Whelan’s, one of Dublin’s best known live venues which has hosted the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Jeff Buckley, Hozier, and Christy Moore.
Commenting on the new competition, Four Star Pizza Communications Executive Christina Hamilton said: “Ireland has always been a great breeding ground for original musical talent.
“For a relatively small population, we have produced some of the biggest musicians in the world, from U2 and Thin Lizzy, to Van Morrison and Snow Patrol, to Westlife and Boyzone… to mention but a few.
“The music industry is a tough one to break into with a number of obstacles facing aspiring musicians.
“By teaming up with MusicMaker, Windmill Lane and Miller, we have created Star Nation, a nationwide search to find Ireland’s best undiscovered songwriters and performers, and give them the equipment, recognition and platform they deserve.”
The competition is open to all genres of music and offers local artists and bands an opportunity to have their music heard by lots of people, and to win some amazing prizes.
“So whether you’re a solo singer or play in a band, a rapper, a potential rock star or country legend, we would encourage you to get writing and send us your songs. We can’t wait to hear them,” added Christina.
How to enter ‘Star Nation’ is free to enter and musicians can submit their track to Four Star Pizza online before the closing date of Wednesday July 31, 2019.
All entries must be completely original compositions and only one song per artist can be submitted. Entrants must be over 18, resident in the Republic or North of Ireland and willing to participate in promotional activity if selected.
A judging panel including representatives from Four Star Pizza, MusicMaker and Windmill Lane will select a winner from each province, with all four provincial winners receiving a day’s recording at Windmill Lane and a chance to play at the grand final showcase event in Whelan’s – where the overall winner will be revealed and pick up a further voucher for €3,000 of musical equipment.
Full details on how to enter along with terms and conditions for entry, which must be read and agreed, can be found at www.fourstarpizza.ie/star-nation.