Stage 1: Expression of Interest
- An act can be a singer and or instrumentalist, performing original music.
- All Acts must indicate their interest to compete for entry into the Spotlight Programme by agreeing to the Spotlight Terms & Conditions and by completing the submission process via the google form link here available on the MusicTT website NO LATER THAN 11:59PM on Friday 10th April, 2020.
- All submissions will be screened by a panel independent of MusicTT staff. Failure to meet the criteria or non-submission of requested information will result in automatic disqualification. Selected Acts must compete in the Showcase for entry into Spotlight.
Expression of Interest Checklist
Artistes must be prepared to submit/upload ALL of the following information via the Google link:
- Agree to Spotlight’s Terms & Conditions
- Artiste Contact information
- If applicable: Manager’s contact information
- Identify Type of Act & genre(s) of music
- Provide Social Media Handles: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
- Proof via a link of a minimum of 3 productions/releases, 1 of which debuted between 2019-2020. Instrumentalists (only) can refer to contributory works.
- Upload Image of Passport Bio Data Page or Trinidad and Tobago national ID Card
- A profile (professional) photo of yourself (no ‘selfies’) and an artist bio NOT exceeding 150 words.
- An endorsement letter for your Act to the Spotlight Programme signed by a Producer you have worked with. Must include Producer’s contact info.
- A video introducing yourself, explaining why you want to be in the Spotlight programme; then singing/performing one verse and chorus (only) of an original song. Video must not exceed 120 seconds in total.
Stage 2: Selection
- The panel independent of MusicTT staff will screen all suitable artistes (those who have submitted ALL the requested information) and recommend 14 Acts to compete in the Spotlight Entry Showcase which will take place at a date to be determined. Please click the link here to view the rubric that will be used to assess the submissions of all Acts.
- Acts that have qualified for the Spotlight Entry Showcase will be notified by MusicTT to ensure agreements to the rules and regulations of the Spotlight Entry Showcase are signed by all performing acts. Any act not agreeing to the rules and regulations for performing at the Spotlight Entry Showcase will be disqualified, and the act that followed them in the scoring system will be offered their place.
- For participants who have not qualified at this stage, please note: we do not believe that your lack of qualification for the Spotlight Entry Showcase in any way indicates that you lack the talent or skill to become an international act. In the interim, we encourage you to register as a performer on the Live Music District here.
Stage 3– Showcasing to the Music Executive Panel
- The Top 15 Acts submitted by the panel independent of MusicTT staff must all agree to the rules and regulations of this Showcase in order to perform on the date to be determined.
- All Acts must prepare one song for this showcase. While original music is preferred, cover songs are also allowed across any genre of music.
- Each song must be a maximum of 5 minutes. Acts that attempt to perform songs that are longer than 3 minutes will result in the immediate disqualification of the Act.
- All Acts must agree to attend all rehearsals and sound checks put in place by MusicTT for this Showcase. Acts must submit the song they plan to perform and their technical riders, alongside all other information requested by MusicTT.
- The Music Executive Panel will judge this Music Showcase. Information regarding the judges will be released at least a week before the show.
- This Panel will be responsible for choosing the Acts that they believe should qualify for the Spotlight Programme. These Acts will be considered by the judges to be closest to “export-readiness” and the judges will indicate what skills and training will be necessary for these Acts to reach the global stage. The judges’ decisions are final.
- While MusicTT aims for a Spotlight portfolio of 6 Acts, the judges may deem the Acts seen as in need of further development before they reach a stage of export potential. As such, the Spotlight portfolio may end up being much smaller.
About Spotlight: An Artist Portfolio Development Programme
The Artist Portfolio Development Programme (APDP) was conceptualized with the intention of refining a portfolio of musical artists annually who can be shopped to the world. Not all artists, however, are ready for the global stage in terms of quality and export-readiness. The APDP seeks to identify those who have international potential for export, grooming them to leverage their creative talent on the worldwide market. This model is not a one-shop-fit-all. Some may already be at a world-class standard but are in need of business acumen, legal guidance and the right networks. Some singers may be brilliant vocalists in need of performance training so that they can communicate effectively with an audience, and they may also need management.
Business Goals and Objectives
The objectives of this initiative are:
- To provide access to artist development education and build capacity for export.
- To ensure artistes receive globally competitive artist development training.
- To create and leverage export-ready products.
- To network and liaise with international industry professionals.
- To acquire international contracts and deals.
- To develop the local music ecosystem/cluster.
- To change the cultural mindset of artists to one that is fully engaged and professional that is to say business-oriented in the growth and implementation of their craft.