Australia’s ‘Next Big Thing’ submissions extended - MusicNSW

Enter now to win radios search for Australias next big independent artist

Entries will be extended a week until Friday, July 27 for artists wanting to enter the New Artist to Radio Showcase (NA2R) – the Australian radio industrys search for new and emerging Australian music talent.

The event, to be held in Melbourne on October 12, aims to discover the next big music star to be played on commercial radio throughout the country and has been running for five years. The event is open to unsigned Australian artists – acts that do not have a record deal but may or may not have an independent distribution deal.

The winners of the event will share in a $150,000 advertising prize across the four major radio networks down the east coast of Australia as well as being added to one or more of the major networks playlists. The three winners will also perform at the NA2R event at Crown Live in Melbourne.

Chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner said a the radio industry wants to hear from artists and bands who have at least two songs ready to be played on commercial radio but who have not yet been signed by a record label.

“This is a great opportunity for independent artists throughout Australia who now have until July 27 to enter the NA2R,” Ms Warner said.

A change to the event this year is that winners will be announced for three genres: adult contemporary; pop; and rock. This will allow the winners greater exposure across all major commercial radio networks.

NA2R entry packs can be downloaded from with the social interactive website supporting the event for the second year in a row.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of commercial radio network program and music directors, based on their commercial radio play potential, and also with input from radio station listeners and MySpace members.

As part of the event, finalists will also attend a workshop run by commercial radio program directors and an experienced record industry executive about how to maximize radio airplay – a new feature of the event this year aimed at helping artists.