Record deal is prize in Fox contest

Citing a wealth of talented music artists unable to get heard by record company scouts, Fox morning show “Good Day L.A.” will launch an unsigned artists competition, with the winners receiving a deal with Fox Records.

“We’ve received over 600 letters and tapes since we’ve been on the air,” said Kim Paul Friedman, the show’s executive producer and a musician who knows first hand how difficult it is for artists to get record company talent scouts to hear their music.

The show’s aggressive policy of booking acts has opened the floodgates of mail that show staffers must sort through, hoping to find that diamond in the rough.

“We’re not doing the record company’s job for them. We’re just trying to give somebody a shot,” Friedman said, noting that staffers typically get 20 or more telephone calls from various industry insiders following the appearance of an unsigned act on the program.

He says the show can facilitate contacts faster than the artists when they send their unsolicited wares to the labels.

For the contest, material from about 50 artists will be forwarded to the execs at Fox, who will select five candidates.

Those five will appear on the program the final week of January, and the winner will receive a development deal with Fox Records, with hopes of securing a recording contract.

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