TuneCore.com, the music industry model-changing delivery and distribution service and portfolio company of Guitar Center, announced a partnership with Solid State Logic (SSL) and Eventful to send one band (up to five people) on a one-week all-expenses-paid trip to England to record at Real World Studios, one of the top five recording studios on the planet. The artist or band with the most votes at leading online events site Eventful, will win the competition. This grand prize includes studio time, airfare, ground transportation, food, lodging, an engineer and assistant and 100% unlimited access and complete lockout of "The Big Room" for five days. (Approximate retail value: $25,000.)
Thanks to SSL, TuneCore and Eventful, one lucky band will be able to record at the same studio and use the same state-of-the-art SSL gear as The Cure, Bonnie Raitt, Super Furry Animals, Beth Orton, Goldfrapp, Deep Purple, Robbie Williams, Paul Oakenfold, Sigur Ros and more.
"The Big Room" is world renowned for its 72-channel SSL 9000 XL K series analogue console, its large selection of vintage Neve modules, and its varied array of outboard equipment custom installed to take every advantage of this state-of-the-art facility—all in a room famous for its intoxicating view of the flowing mill pond. Real World's team brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to help music artists realize the full potential of the studio.
To enter, bands will register as a Performer at Eventful and opt-in to participate in the competition. They then need only encourage their fans to vote for them using Eventful's Demand service. The unsigned band with the most Eventful "Demanders" at 12:00 pm PST, October 31st, 2007 wins the grand prize. Bands with the second and third most Demanders each win a Solid State Logic Duende DSP processing engine (ARV: $1495.00 each). The top ten (10) bands with the most Demanders each get one album, with an unlimited number of songs (not to exceed seventy-four minutes), placed for free into all digital stores they choose to which TuneCore delivers, including the first year's maintenance and storage. (ARV: $45 each.)
"We're pleased to work with TuneCore and SSL to create a phenomenal opportunity for unsigned artists," said Jordan Glazier of Eventful. "Over 20,000 independent artists use Eventful Demand to empower their fans with the ability to influence where they perform, and this contest is a big win for both artists and fans. We hope the winning band will create an incredible album, and that all of the bands that participate in the contest will hit the road and perform where they're most demanded."
Fadi T. Hayek, National Sales Manager for Workstation Partner Products at SSL, said, "With more than 3000 SSL-equipped studios and facilities operational today, the excellence of SSL consoles is universally recognized for unrivalled sonic quality, superb ergonomics, outstanding automation and an international support infrastructure second to none. Our Workstation Partner Products bring that power and innovative proprietary technology to the new breed of computer based Musician. As a leader in the music production market we at SSL strongly believe in providing up and coming artists every opportunity to develop and achieve success. One Key to that success has always been strong distribution. We are proud to be involved with the groundbreaking opportunities that TuneCore and Eventful bring to all music artists at every level."
TuneCore CEO and co-founder Jeff Price said, "TuneCore is all about enabling bands to succeed: helping them make music, get it out into the world and provide them with opportunities for marketing and promotion. SSL makes the equipment and outfits the best studios in the world. Eventful connects fans with artists, and TuneCore gives their music worldwide distribution. I am really excited by this opportunity. Not only does a band get to go to a dream studio to lay down the vision they have in their head, they also get all of the financial pressure taken off by having all their expenses paid."