Open Call for Submissions to Enter ‘Your Big Break’ Talent Competition at Gold Coast Arts Center

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Finals of the fifth annual Gold Coast Acoustic Café Your Big Break talent competition participants, organizers and judges at the Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, Long Island © 2017 Karen Rubin/

Great Neck, NY — Now in its sixth year, the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution have issued an open call for submissions for musicians 15-25 living on Long Island and in all five boroughs to enter the “Your Big Break” talent competition for 2018. The deadline is January 7; there is no fee to enter.

The competition takes place February 3, March 10 (semi-finals) and April 21 (finals) to determine what musical artist or group is the “next big thing.”

The open call is for all musicians age 15 to 25 living on Long Island and in all 5 boroughs that do not currently have a recording or publishing contract to submit for the showcase events; interested artists must perform with a band or solo with an acoustic guitar or sing to a backing music track. Though artists will be judged in areas from stage presence to overall musicianship, YBB is largely a singing competition.

To enter: email one MP3 song; one photo; a short bio to, or enter at Reverbnation,

During the competition, mentors are assigned to the finalists for YBB to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. 2018 mentors are still to be announced, but this past year’s included American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Dream Recording Studio’s Jason Melker, Sojourn Record’s Mark Ambosino, producer/songwriter and former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records Jimmy Bralower, singer/songwriter John Hampson of Nine Days, and songwriter/producer Donnie Klang of MTV’s “Making the Band”.

Judges are major players in the music industry as well; past judges have included’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, songwriter Tara Eberle Drouin and label executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, Mark Ambrosino.

Prizes Include:

The chance to open for national acts at major venues like Stereo Garden and the Paramount in New York

PR and social media campaign including management, booking, and label services consultation with Rick Eberle

Musical equipment from All Music Inc (Owner, Guy Brogna, will judge)

Homepage feature on (Co-Founder, Lou Plaia, will judge)

Each evening is capped with a special headlining performance. Past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Lem Payne, Jr., Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, and Sir Cadian Rhythm – all of whom are local musicians who have had major success in the industry, with hopes to further inspire the next generation of New York stars presented each year. 

For more information on upcoming classes, exhibits, and activities at the Gold Coast Arts Center, visit or call (516)-829-2570.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to producing and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years they have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through its School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities; free public art gallery; concert and lecture series; outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region; year round film screening and discussion series and Gold Coast International Film Festival. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.


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