Does your rock band want a record deal? There’s a contest for that

Have you dreamed of rock ‘n’ roll stardom? You’re (possibly) in luck.

Rock artists in two Michigan markets are getting the chance to vie for a national record deal thanks to local radio stations.

The neXt2rock contest is a competition coordinated by Cumulus Media, in which rock acts from around the country are uploading their music for fans and judges to critique. Undiscovered bands can upload one original song in one radio market.

Local winners will be picked during live showcases or video performances later this year. Those winners will go on to compete against bands across the country.

In the end, five acts will get a chance to directly compete for a record contract with Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, along with airplay on Cumulus stations nationwide.

Cumulus owns 453 radio stations across the country, with 61 stations participating in neXt2rock. In Michigan, three stations in will participate in the national contest. WKQZ, also known as Z93, and WILZ, also known as WHEELZ 104.5, are searching for rock talent in the Great Lakes Bay Region while WLAV 96.9 in Grand Rapids is aiming to find the best artist in West Michigan.

“neXt2rock is a great way for us to connect even more deeply with our growing community of rock listeners, highlight outstanding local artists, who are both competing in and judging the contest, and help discover the next rock star,” said WKQZ Program Director Matt Bingham, according to a press release. “This competition celebrates rock music and pays tribute to radio’s great legacy of launching America’s most beloved musical talent.”

To submit a song for the contest, bands in the Great Lakes Bay Region can visit the WKQZ or WILZ websites. In West Michigan, bands can submit via the WLAV website. Submissions are accepted through Oct. 4.

Rock singer Gavin Rossdale announced the contest on Cumulus rock stations Thursday, Sept. 7. Rossdale will serve as one of the judges to pick the winner from the five final acts, along with Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta, music producer Bob Ezrin, musician/songwriter Desmond Child and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.

The finale will take place Dec. 12 at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.

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