MtvU gives campus bands shot at fame, major label contracts

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    Are you and your band just itching to make it big and explode onto the national music scene? If so, mtvU has just launched this year’s Best Music on Campus search.There are four different record and video deals up for the taking with one grand prize winner receiving the opportunity to perform on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

    The non-grand prize winners’ record deals are with Epitaph Records, Definitive Jux Records and Drive-Thru Records – each offering their own package.

    Whichever artist or group wins the Epitaph Records deal will also receive an exclusive music video premiere on mtvU and its Web site, mtvU.com. The group will also be an opening act on tour with an already signed Epitaph recording artist and will appear at mtvU Spring Break ’07.

    The next package deal is a recording contract with Def Jux Records. The band will release a digital album and have their music video also premiere on mtvU. Additionally, top Def Jux artist Mr. Lif will serve as the band’s mentor and appear on their single and music video.

    Drive-Thru Records will offer their winner a record deal and the chance to record a music video that will also premiere on mtvU and mtvU.com.

    The grand-prize winner will be announced on an episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and perform their debut single. They will be signed to Epic Records with a video, promotions and record deal worth up to $1.5 million.

    “We’re excited to partner with Epitaph, Drive-Thru and Def Jux – connecting the best of our wildly talented and eclectic audience with labels where they can flourish creatively and blow up,” said Stephen Friedman, general manager of mtvU, in a press release. “We’re building BMOC to be the ultimate online destination for college artists to launch their careers and for new music fans to find their next favorite act.”

    Bands who are interested in competing can go to bestmusiconcampus.com and submit a copy of their music. Each band will get a Web page to post their music, biographies and whatever else they would like. People will then vote on which bands they think are the best, and the winning band in each category will receive the record and promotions deal.

    Even bands that are not chosen for one of the four record deals are still eligible to be named mtvU’s Band of the Week. The contest will run through March with one record deal being awarded each month.