1. avatar jonnymul
    Ok close your eyes (when you've finished reading this :lol: !!)

    If I'm going to run a credible a comp for local bands.. What is the PRIZE?
    In this respect I'm interested in hearing what would be of most value to gigging artists. Before you run wild in your subconscious, we're not buying a van to move your gear or new drum kits & guitars..
    No groupies !!!

    Do you crave exposure (solid tour dates)
    Quality studio time with techies & a producer (a commercial recording studio)
    Tracks on itunes

    I'm not a musician so I need your feedback.. Can you also keep them to bullet points, fingers crossed we can expand upon details later on.
  2. avatar tinpot anto
    Do not, under any circumstances make the bands have to pay any money at all out of their own pocket.
  3. avatar Deestroyer
    A good slot at a big festival would be an amazing prize, Electric Picnic for example.

    A management deal? Might be a lot of details needed ironed out with that though.

    A tour supporting a fairly big artist around the UK/Ireland?

    A spot on Jools Holland!
  4. avatar Deestroyer
    [quote:4dd545b3f9="tinpot anto"]Do not, under any circumstances make the bands have to pay any money at all out of their own pocket.[/quote:4dd545b3f9]+1
  5. avatar jonnymul
    no pay to play..

    seen these posts degenerate into name calling and madness.
    I want genuine feedback for what you want to [b:c8c682010b]WIN[/b:c8c682010b] not what you [i:c8c682010b]don't[/i:c8c682010b] want!!
  6. avatar tinpot anto
    Free rehearsal room slots
    Free recording time
    Free CD duplication run
    Support slot with major act
    Tour slot with not-so major act
    ANY AMOUNT OF SWALL
    Supplies of Guitar strings/drumsticks etc.
    Festival slot
  7. avatar Orzo
    3 main would be:

    -Assistance of recording songs
    -Promotion of recorded songs [EP/LP launch night]
    -Offered supporting act of bigger bands

    [As an aside, I would like people to stop writing +1 in their post instead of using the +/- buttons that are there for this purpose.]
  8. avatar fastfude
    A small (4-5 dates?) tour OUTSIDE Northern Ireland supporting/joint-headlining with a non-NI band. Huge experience boost / eye-opener.

    [quote:8d40a8feff="Deestroyer"]A management deal? Might be a lot of details needed ironed out with that though.[/quote:8d40a8feff]
    I'd be wary of that - a manager is like another band member and it needs to be the right person for your band, not one foisted on you at random.

    Imagine an alt-country group winning a "win a guitar player!" comp and it turned out to be a speed metal fanatic.
  9. avatar edwin mcfee
    Basically all of Anto's suggestions are on the money, especially the one about support slots. getting some decent support slots is a great way to get a bit of exposure and up a band's profile
  10. avatar BinaryOperator
    Rehearsal slots is a good one. If you jam twice a week you can end up shelling out 200+ a month easy. A couple months free slots would be worth a fair bit to a band and the rehearsal space should give you a hefty discount for the exposure and free marketing they'd get.

    You could go for airplay too, I'm sure you could get someone on a local station to agree to a few plays. Publicity opportunity too.
  11. avatar Deestroyer
    Radio play... ooooooh, that's a good one.
  12. avatar JTM
    [quote:c90ebba1bc="Deestroyer"]Radio play... ooooooh, that's a good one.[/quote:c90ebba1bc]

    Good suggestions all, although the quality of the deal is paramount.

    For example radio play, you'd want to be on nearly every wee (and larger) local station across the island for a good week or so, not just getting a mention on Ivan Martin or whatever.

    Ditto a festival slot. Give my band a mid-afternoon slot at Secret Garden Party or Glasgowbury to a few hundred people, versus a 12pm slot at Reading playing to the staff plus a duck in an Iron Maiden shirt...

    Free rehearsal time is my fave so far - easy to arrange, not glamarous so you'd get less hype, but very practical. That or free strings and petrol vouchers.
  13. avatar BinaryOperator
    [quote:da05189780="JTM"][quote:da05189780="Deestroyer"]Radio play... ooooooh, that's a good one.[/quote:da05189780]

    Good suggestions all, although the quality of the deal is paramount.

    For example radio play, you'd want to be on nearly every wee (and larger) local station across the island for a good week or so, not just getting a mention on Ivan Martin or whatever.

    Ditto a festival slot. Give my band a mid-afternoon slot at Secret Garden Party or Glasgowbury to a few hundred people, versus a 12pm slot at Reading playing to the staff plus a duck in an Iron Maiden shirt...

    Free rehearsal time is my fave so far - easy to arrange, not glamarous so you'd get less hype, but very practical. That or free strings and petrol vouchers.[/quote:da05189780]

    Feck Ivan Martin give me Hugo Duncan or give me death!

    There's one, you could get oul Hugo to compere the winner's next few gigs, he could introduce the songs and everything. That would be Claws Leek!
  14. avatar jonnymul
    bump
  15. avatar DavidHill
    Dear Santa, I tink the following would be great...

    the oppertunity to work with some high profile producers and release a gd quality EP-LP

    a support slot on a UK tour playing 100-300 people club/venues (like Speakeasy) with a guarantee, any1 can play a pud tour and get a 10

    and the oppertunitly to Meet with Management/agents/PR and dicuss getting ur name, record and tour out there
  16. avatar jonnymul
    Thanks for getting involved folks, as far as I can make out. Quality stage time is the recurring theme. I appreciate you taking your time on this. Keep the thread up to date if you have any other thoughts.

    cheers