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Searching For Paradise competition offers women-identifying artists the chance to kick-start their career

Women in Music South AfricaParadise Sound System and Trace Southern Africa are calling all emerging women identifying artists and bands to be part of the Searching for Paradise compilation to be released this April.

In line with the ethos of Women in Music South Africa (WIMSA), the “Searching for Paradise” call aims to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition.

Twelve finalists will have the opportunity to be part of the “Searching for Paradise” compilation as well as receive coaching sessions from TRACE, WIMSA and Paradise Sound System about how to develop your career as an independent artist, and one of the finalists will win a music video.

Think you have what it takes or know someone that can benefit from this opportunity? See submission details below.

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All you need to do is to submit your new music here and stand a chance to release your latest single with Paradise Sound System and be one of 12 artists chosen for a brand new music video with Trace Urban Southern Africa!

Submit your entry by the 25 February 2022 with your band or artist info, music and links and convince us your next release is a summer smash hit!

The #SearchingForParadise jury consisting of women identifying industry experts from different fields will shortlist the best 12 artists and band submissions and will choose the final 12 winning songs!

Who can apply?

Artists, producers or bands:

  • South African residence
  • Unsigned artists who have original ready to release music
  • Artists & Bands should play a genre that is accessible to a wide variety of people
  • Ensure that their lyrics and ‘on stage messages’ will be free of any discrimination based on gender, race, religion, etc…

How to apply?

  1. Become a member of Women in Music South Africa. Women in the South African music industry are invited to join the local chapter here: https://bit.ly/wimsamembership
  2. Artists & Bands should apply online via https://www.searchinforparadise.com/apply/ by 25 February 2022 midnight CAT.  Each artist or band should submit at least one mastered song or audio (.mp3) / WAV format

What can you win?

  • Each finalist will have the opportunity to be part of the #SearchingForParadise compilation which will be released on 15 April 2022
  • Finalists will receive coaching sessions from TRACE, WIMSA and Paradise Sound System about how to develop your career as an independent artist
  • One of the finalists will win a music video which will be decided by the highest number of streams and traction
  • Winners will be informed in March by email and/or by telephone