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♦ News | 13th September 2019

Meet the 2019 Finalists

Live Performers & Bands

As a result of two rounds of judging, SIX artists have been selected and will be transported from around Australia to participate in a 48-hour celebration in Sydney, to recognise their achievement of being selected as one of the hottest emerging acts in the country. Congratulations to:

Muka Vhatti (Murdoch University)
Grace Aberhart (Uni of Newcastle)
The Tin Knees (Uni of Wollongong)
Demi Mitchell (Uni of Newcastle)
VALLEE (Victoria University)
Cooks & Bakers (Uni of Newcastle)

On the day of the UniSounds'19 Final, these unsigned artists will set-up at the legendary Studios 301 and receive a series of private Q&A sessions and networking lunch with leading Executives at the Music Industry Mentoring Sessions including professionals representing, but not limited to:

-Universal Music Group-   - Kobalt Publishing-   -Frontier Touring-  
-The Harbour Agency-   -Purple Sneakers-   -Studios 301-

The artists will then head to Vic On the Park for SLAM! where they will perform to a room of industry reps and general public, to prove why they should receive the $100,000 Prize Package. The winner will be announced on the night, followed by an epic After Party, hosted by our mates at Purple Sneakers.

>> EVENT DETAILS & RSVP <<

♦ News | 2nd September 2019

UniSounds'19 Spotify Playlist

It's now even easier to 'play along at home'.... check out the UniSounds'19 Shortlist today, on Spotify.

♦ News | 30th August 2019

2019 Shortlist Announced

Electronic Music Producers

The first round of Judging in the Electronic Music Producers is complete and five submissions have made it through to the next round. Take a look at the 2019 Shortlist across both categories and take a guess at who you think will take out the Major Prizes! 

The winner of the Electronic category will be flown to Sydney for a curated Music Industry Mentoring Event, plus walks away with the opportunity to release, remix and tour thanks to TRENCH Records plus more - see the full list here.

♦ News | 23rd August 2019

2019 Shortlist Announced

Live Bands & Performers

Submissions have closed and the first round of judging has been completed, with the Shortlist of Live Bands & Performers being announced via social media throughout this week. 

Twenty six submissions from across Australia have progressed through to the next round of judging and are one step closer to performing at the Live Final for a crack at the $100,000 prize package. Need a reminder of what that prize package looks like? Find it here

Take a look at the 2019 Shortlisted Artists and start spreading the word, there is going to be some break-through's in this lot! 

Note that the ELECTRONIC Shortlist will be announced next week so keep checking back to UniSounds on Facebook and Instagram for updates. 

♦ News | 13th August 2019

July Bonus Prize- Winner

Izzy Losi & the Auracles

Congratulations to Izzy Losi & the Auracles, representing Melbourne Polytechnic, who were selected to receive the July Bonus Prize consisting of:

 - a Mentoring session with The Harbour Agency
 - an exclusive, one-of-a-kind artwork by our very own UniSounds artist, Daniel Gray-Barnett

Their strong submission and phenominal efforts throughout the Wildcard Voting campaign stood out the the judges who are stoked to offer this great development opportunity.

Check out their tracks HERE

♦ News | 6th August 2019

Meet your 2019 Wildcard Winner

Cooks & Bakers, Uni of Newcastle

After an action-packed public voting campaign, which saw more nearly 54,000 individual votes Cooks & Bakers reigned supreme with a total of 6,293 votes on their track "Cage". 

Happy Mag have described "Cage" as a "unique slice of indie rock brilliance...with rich instrumentation and colourful vocal hooks..the kind of track that sticks with you for weeks".

The alternative/indie rock band will be transported to Sydney in early October to participate in our Industry Mentoring Experience along with the other 2019 Finalists, to speak with representatives of Record Labels, Artist Management, Booking Agencies, Music & Entertainment Law and more. The three-piece will then perform LIVE that same night, at the UniSounds'19 National Final to a crowd of punters, music industry professionals and commercial partners - one winner will be announced on the night to receive the $100K prize including an opportunity for an International Release with Dine Alone Records.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the National Final event as well as the line-up of artists who will compete.

UNISOUNDS'19 ENTRIES CLOSE 18 AUGUST

♦ News | 1st August 2019

Skydiving with Sunday Avenue

August Bonus Prize

We are passionate about giving students impactful and influencial experiences during their time as Australian tertiary students... so one of the goals for UniSounds this year was to provide a range of opportunities to entrants of the Competition, that would leave a lasting impact their student experience.

We believe that pushing your limits and embracing opportunities is a great life lesson, so we partnered with Skydive Australia and took Sunday Avenue (from Uni of Newcastle) for an adventure before a live, lunchtime set at Bar on the Hill. 

The boys braved the early hour, the elements (-5 degrees, baby!) and their fears! Take a look at the VLOG from their day, then check out the band's brand new video for their single 'Melted Hearts'.

♦ News | 9th July 2019

July Bonus Prize

The Harbour Agency

For this months bonus prize we have teamed up with The Harbour Agency. Harbour have a huge roster of Australian Artists including Vera Blue, Dean Lewis, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Mac and Dan Sultan to name a few.

The Harbour Team will be taking a look through your submissions and will be selecting ONE submission from across the categories, to receive the following prize pack:
     - an online Mentoring session with a Harbour Agent
     - an exclusive, one-of-a-kind artwork by Daniel Gray-Barnett, our UniSounds artist

To be in the running all you have to do is upload your submission and ensure that you have selected to 'Submit Artist into UNISOUNDS19' before the 17th July.

♦ News | 9th July 2019

Electonic Music Producer - TRENCH Records Release

UniSounds'19 has aligned with a new industry partner, TRENCH Records who have put together a bangin' prize offering for the Electronic Music Producer (EMP) category. One winner from the EMP category will be invited to attend the UniSounds Mentoring Experience in Sydney and will receive:
     - a Single or EP release with TRENCH Records
     - a Remix with a TRENCH Records artist
     - National Touring opportunity with Moonbase
     - Gear and Equipment 

Start or manage your Submission at unisounds.com.au

 

♦ News | 1st July 2019

Coke Energy sponsors UniSounds'19

Last week we saw the release of the first ever energy drink under the Coca Cola brand, "an energy drink with a delicious and refreshing taste of Coca-Cola... designed to complement upbeat and busy lives". 

And as a part of this release, CCA and TAG are excited to have entered a partnership for the remainder of UniSounds'19. Coke Energy is now the sole Energy Drink sponsor for the 2019 competition, joining Furphy Beer as proud partners in delivering our National Music Competition. 

It is very exciting that another of our longest serving, and largest suppliers are seeing the strength of programs such as UniSounds, and as such are jumping on to support their delivery. 

♦ News | 28th June 2019

Cooks & Bakers top the June chart

Shout out to Cooks & Bakers  from the University of Newcastle, who took out the June Bonus Prize from Dine Alone Records.

The boys led the strong charge to the top of the Wildcard chart and are currently sitting at the top of the ladder with 1,943 votes for their track "Cage". Head to their profile to listen to the track and find out what all the fuss is about!

Also sending our kudos to Izzy Losi & the Auracals from Melbourne Polytechnic who gave the boys a run for their money until the final hour! 

Keep sharing your profiles and rallying for Wildcard Votes, there is still plenty of time to secure the top spot by the close of votes. ONE artist will secure a spot at the Live Final Event, by having the highest voted track at 9pm on August 1st from the ‘Live Performance’ category. 

 

♦ News | 28th June 2019

ABC Newcastle talks Local Music

UniSounds was all over the Morning show on ABC Newcastle this morning as they talked about all things Newcastle Music! It's great to see the support that the comp is receiving from the Newcastle Community and the wider Music Scene.

The two hour show praised the successes of current and past UniSounds entrants and featured a number of tracks and interviews with University of Newcastle entrants and alumni including:

♦ News | 25th June 2019

June Bonus Prize

Dine Alone Records

In three weeks, our submitted tracks have collectively received an incredible 14, 243 public votes via the UniSounds Wildcard initiative!!!

We will be giving away bonus prizes throughout the voting season across all categories including the June prize, thanks to our friends and International Label Partner, Dine Alone Records. Dine Alone currently work with the likes of DZ Deathrays, Alexisonfire, Jimmy Eat World, City and Colour, Dune Rats, Gold Fields and the Dandy Warhols to name a few.

The track with the most votes at 9pm on Friday 28th June (from any category) will receive:
    - An exclusive online mentoring session with one of Dine Alone Records high-flying executives from their Canadian HQ, to ask the industry questions you have always wanted to ask, and get feedback on your UniSounds artist page
     - A vinyl pack featuring some of the hottest releases from Dine Alone catalogue
     - An exclusive piece of Dine Alone merchandise from tees to baseball caps and everything in between

We have just launched a brand new social sharing function, to make it easier for you to let people know to head straight to your tracks to vote. Make sure that you head to your UniSounds profile and click the 'Share to' button and spread the word that you are in the running for this National Competition. 

♦ News | 25th June 2019

NEW Social Sharing Feature

In exciting news we have just launched a brand new social sharing function, to make it easier for entrants to let people know to head straight to their tracks to vote. 

Entrants can simply head to their UniSounds profile and click the 'Share to' button and spread the word that they are in the running for this National Competition. 

Remember, the most highly voted track from the 'Live Bands & Performers' category at 9pm on August 1st, 2019 will secure a spot at the Live Final Event, for a shot at the $100K Prize Package.

 

♦ News | 4th June 2019

Wildcard Voting Now Open

In very exciting news, public voting is now open for submissions in UNISOUNDS'19 so let your friends, family and campus community know. Check out who is at the top of the chart here

WILDCARD MAJOR PRIZE

One artist will secure a spot at the Live Final Event, by having the highest voted track at 9pm on August 1stfrom the ‘Live Performance’ category.  

The successful Wildcard entrant will compete against four judge-selected artists, battling it out for the audience’s enjoyment and the judging panel’s consideration. The 2019 winner will walk away with the life changing prize of an international recording deal and promotions package from Dine Alone Records, valued at $100,000.  Dine Alone currently work with the likes of Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Gold Fields and the Dandy Warhols to name a few.

WILDCARD BONUS PRIZE

A new component to the Wildcard Voting process this year see’s the introduction of a range of industry bonus prizes to give-away. These prizes will be targeting all categories and regions throughout the voting period.

We kick off with the Dine Alone Records Bonus Prize – so spread the word to your peeps because the track with the most votes between 3rd and 28th June will receive:

  • An exclusive online mentoring session with one of Dine Alone Records high-flying executives from their Canadian HQ, to ask the industry questions you have always wanted to ask, and get feedback on your UniSounds artist page
  • A vinyl pack featuring some of the hottest releases from Dine Alone catalogue
  • An exclusive piece of Dine Alone merchandise from tees to baseball caps and everything in between 

ENTRIES ARE STILL OPEN!
Haven't got your entry submission in yet? It's all good, submission close in August so keep uploading new content! 

♦ News | 4th June 2019

2018 Finalist Releases Debut EP

The Live Final of UniSounds'18 was the first time that Danny Donehue had performed in front of a crowd, but look at him now. Donehue, an electronic music producer from La Trobe University has just released his debut EP titled 'Perfect System'. Download it here

"Dj-ing for the first time was quite nerve-wracking for me and there was no place to hide it. I quickly learned from the crowd that it is expected for the DJ to move a little to set the energy and so here is my somewhat awkward DJ dancin' haha. I am keen to hopefully get playing again sometime soon™.

Really looking forward to releasing the EP (consisting of the 4 original songs performed at the Unisounds Finals 2018)... and I'm currently working on a bunch of music including a powerful progressive trance tune that may get some killer vocals on it"

♦ News | 28th May 2019

Make Your Submission Sizzle

Start or Manage your Submission HERE. Haven’t got all of your content together? That's cool, start your Submission and log back in anytime between now and the closing date (August, 2019) to add new pics, vids and tracks.

In the meantime, here are some simple tips to improve your content and your chances at the $100K Prize Package!

  1. Look at your profile from a public view and:
  • check for typos
  • test your Tracks and Videos links
  • test your social media links
  1. Log into your profile and:
  • add your best quality content
  • expand on your bio
  • click 'Submit Artist into UniSounds19'

Want to know why to get involved?

Check out the UniSounds Facebook and Instagram for Artist Features and photos and videos from past events including Music Industry Mentoring and money-can't-buy experiences.

♦ News | 28th May 2019

Latest Release from 2018 Finalists, Nelipot

With the feel of British sounding indie-rock, think Arctic Monkeys or The Vaccines, take a look at Nelipot who represented University of Newcastle at the UniSounds'18 Live FInal. 

The trio have just dropped a post punk-tinged track, Garden Hose Rainbows, check out the video below. Shot in the lead singer's family home, the video is a quirky but heartfelt insight into the dichotomy that is wanting to fit in but also wanting to be true to yourself as who you are.

Nelipot bassist Jordyn says, "The video was shot inside a spare room at our lead singer’s family home. They gave us free reign of the space for the weekend and we were able to rework the room to turn it into a set. The set was so small that none of the lighting equipment/rigs could fit in the room, so Mitch (the director) had to setup ladders outside the house and build DIY mounts for the lights to shine into the set from the outside windows. All costuming and props for the shoot were found in our houses.”

It's got a bit of a surreal vibe - particularly in the enigmatic characters it features - but its anthemic chorus comes complete with the lyrics on screen like a foreign film's subtitles, so you'll be singing along in no time.

♦ News | 23rd May 2019

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♦ News | 10th March 2019

The Presets x Lyrical Masters

Check out this awesome comp, for your chance to become a LYRICAL MASTER! This is an opportunity to practice and showcase your design skills to some real-world, industry networks - plus have some fun while you are at it!

The Presets are handing over every lyric to their new track 'Tools Down' so entrants can: Pick any lyric > Design it up > Be in the running for some awesome prizes including, having your design featured in The Presets official music video. Check out the deets and scope the submissions as they come through, by following #adobelyricalmasters

♦ News | 8th March 2019

UOW UniBar Take Over

Last night the UOW UniBar stage was taken over by UniSounds competitors past and present including 2018 Finalists The Pits, 2017 winners Jones The Cat and local entrant FiKa. Thanks to the bands, supporters and punters who made it such a great night! 

♦ News | 15th February 2019

Industry Q&A Sesh

To kick off this year's comp we are visiting the hometown of our 2017 and 2018 winners, University of Newcastle - and bringing a panel of legends with us! We will be at the Conservatorium of Music on March 6th - find out more

This FREE event is a chance for you to hear from a panel of musicians and industry professionals about the experiences they have had during and after participating in Australia's $100,000 Campus Music Competition and how artists can get themselves involved.

The panel includes members of Jones The Cat, BODIE, Ashley Iona and more. 

Not from Uni of Newcastle and keen to see something similar at your campus? Let us know on students@tertiaryaccessgroup.com.au

♦ News | 30th October 2018

Comp Welcomes New Zealand

We have secured four new Member Campuses across The Ditch, and as such UniSounds'19 is now open to Submissions with one current student from:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Are you a tertiary student from New Zealand not listed, and interested in finding out more? Contact us on students@tertiaryaccessgroup.com.au

♦ News | 20th September 2018

2019 Competition Now Open

Following a hugely successful 2018, the competition is gearing up to be another cracker as we move into the New Year. 

Haven't got all of your content together? That's ok, start your Submission and log back in anytime between now and the closing date (August, 2019) to add new pics, vids and tracks. 

Want to know why to get involved? Check out the UniSounds Facebook and Instagram for photos and videos from the recent UniSounds Final including Music Industry Mentoring and money-can't-buy experiences for all of the finalists. 

Submit your entry online at unisounds.com.au

 

♦ News | 20th September 2018

Mr. Sauce takes the win at UniSounds'18 Final

Tonight saw Mr. Sauce awarded the winning spot at the UniSounds ’18 Grand Final at The Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney. Out of the seven finalists who took to the stage, the Newcastle five piece Mr. Sauce walked away with the top prize of an international recording deal from Dine Alone Records and a promotions package. But this isn’t the end; as Mr. Sauce start out on an exciting new recording project, the finale of the 2018 competition launched the opening of UniSounds ’19. 

“The soulful sweet tunes of a man of equal soul and sweetness”… so he may say himself, however Newcastle’s Mr. Sauce can be forgiven for hitting the nail on the head. His enchantingly curated tracks are infused with jazz, funk, blues and pop, from gentle doo wop swing to riviera stylings there is a dreaming optimism to Mr. Sauce which is irresistible, easily comparable to Szymon or Devendra Banhart.  And all the while staking claim to some of the best original material we’ve heard in a while".

As Mr. Sauce sit down to table with Dine Alone Records, last year’s competition also comes full circle with winners Jones The Cat ready to release their double A-side single through the label. The band opened the UniSounds ’18 Grand Final with a preview of their upcoming release. We are stoked to partner with Dine Alone Records once again, continuing their invaluable support for the UniSounds program.

The UniSounds '18 Grand Final also welcomed the incredible Alice Ivy to the stage and to the judging panel; joining other industry representatives to select the winner. The inaugural prize for the most supportive university campus also made it's first appearance this year, with University of Newcastletaking the honours. In total, 17% of entrants hailing from Newcastle, the Central Coast campus can claim UniSounds '18 winners Mr. Sauce, plus two more out of the seven finalists - as well as last year's winners Jones The Cat

The Grand Final for this year's competition was also the launch date for UniSounds '19. As of midnight the UniSounds website is now open to students looking to enter the 2019 program. And we are also excited to announce Furphy Beer as the new sponsor partner for UniSounds '19 along with the launch.

♦ News | 23rd August 2018

Seven Finalists Vying for Glory at UniSounds'18 Final

From a sweaty live music stage in Glebe we last night revealed the 2018 Unisounds Competition Finalists. And in a first for the 29-year-old competition, judges were forced to add an additional finalist due to the tight final count. What was four, became FIVE, deserving entrants selected by our expert judging panel to join two publicly voted Wild Cards for the final event this September 19th at the iconic Lansdowne Hotel Sydney.

The announcement was presented by the 2017 winners Jones The Cat as a live stream from stage at the last of their month-long Sydney residency – catch the announcement here. Jones The Cat know how impactful this prize can be as they are currently in the process of setting up their global release through Dine Alone Records following months of touring and recording. 

Having already named Ashley Iona (University of Sydney) from the live category, and electronic artist Danny Donahue (La Trobe University) as the publicly voted Wild Cards, the five remaining finalists now round out the full line-up of competitors for finals and are drawn from right across the country.

They are:

  1. Mr Sauce (University of Newcastle)
  2. Nelipot (University of Newcastle)
  3. Miccy (Griffith University)
  4. The Pits (University of Newcastle) 
  5. Evanda (Curtin University Perth)

With the life changing prize of an international recording deal from Dine Alone Records and promotions package at stake, a gold class panel of industry experts have worked hard to select these promising artists who have everything it takes to be part of the next generation of Australian music.

On September 19th each of the seven finalists will be flown to Sydney to participate in an intensive mentoring experience with our industry panel throughout the afternoon, with doors opening to the public for the live show at 7pm. Jones The Cat will open the live event, with a soon to be announced killer headline act set to close the show.

The finalists will battle it out for audience’s enjoyment and the judging panel’s consideration, with the 2018 Unisounds Winner announced at the end of the night.

The event is free admission to the public, and audience members will have every opportunity to become a winner as well. With rad drinks specials from major sponsor Summer Bright Lager, any punters who stick around to support every competing artist will be in with a chance to win $3000 worth of prizes. Including $1000 VISA card from TAG, a vinyl pack from Dine Alone Records/ Hub Artist Services, a Levi's and Redback Boots wardrobe, plus heaps more.

See the full list of artists and listen to their tracks at unisounds.com.au

♦ News | 16th August 2018

$100K National Music Competition - Shortlist Announced

Following a hugely successful campaign, organisers today announce the shortlist of artists who will move through to the next stage UniSounds’18, the $100,000 National Campus Music Competition.

Over the past six months the Unisounds project has been exploring University and TAFE campuses across Australia, seeking the next generation of music superstars. An expert industry panel will now select four deserving acts to join the two publicly voted wildcard acts, Ashley Iona (University of Sydney) and Danny Donehue (La Trobe University), in a national final event on Wednesday September 19, 2018. The event comprises of one-on-one industry mentoring sessions followed by a live, public performance

The shortlist of artists represents campuses and states from Perth to Hobart and everywhere in between and includes a huge range of exciting genres not limited to hip-hop, electronic, folk, indie rock, and don’t forget the ‘ultra-love rock’.

Artist submissions comprise of original music and the competition is tough with the winner walking away with an international recording contract with the legendary Dine Alone Records (City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Violent Soho).

Last year’s winners, Jones The Cat from the University of Newcastle have made the most of every opportunity the competition has brought them. They are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their debut Dine Alone EP and will have the honour of announcing the full line-up for the Final in a live stream from their Sydney residency next Wednesday August 22.

Many of the 2017 finalists have similarly benefited from the Unisounds experience with Jamarz On Marz recently performed live at the Commonwealth Games as well as in the Solange band at the Sydney Opera House, Sophie Aked secured UK representation and dave. are preparing to record their debut album with Steve Albini in the US. 

The experienced judging panel will assess the 2018 shortlist artists based on composition, performance, market-readiness, commercial potential and overarching proposition. The panel include some of the most experienced senior executives from industry giants Dine Alone Records, Sony Music, Kobalt Publishing, Top Dog Group, Hub Artist Services, Sounds Australia, Tertiary Access Group, 123 Agency as well as a number of recording artists, DJs and industry professionals.

See the full list of artists below and listen to their tracks at unisounds.com.au

Congratulations to the entrants, and particularly to the 2018 shortlisted artists (in alphabetical order):

Art School Bullies (University of Tasmania)

Blackcurrant (La Trobe University)

Cappo (Canberra Institute of Technology)

Colour Machine (University of South Australia)

Dyer Maker (University of Newcastle)

Evanda (Curtin University)

Honchos (Curtin University)

HyperTron CollideScope (Victoria University)

IRUSU (Macquarie University)

L.E.E (Flinders University)

Liv Heyer (Griffith University)

Meg (University of Newcastle)

MICCY (Griffith University)

Milkpunch (University of Sydney)

Mr Sauce (University of Newcastle)

Natalia (Murdoch University)

Nelipot (University of Newcastle)

Nyssa & Alex (University of Sydney)

OOC (University of Tasmania)

Scarlet Kill (Griffith University)

Something to Rescue (University of Adelaide)

Taleena (Griffith University)

The Pits (University of Newcastle)

For enquiries, promotional assets and further info, contact students@tertiaryaccessgroup.com.au

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