For the first time ever, the Music Prize’s Top 10 has become a Top 11.
These bands, selected by music industry professionals and fans, will be playing the Music Prize stage and competing for a $10,000 cash prize. The competition and showcase will be held in downtown Shreveport during Prize Fest’s first weekend, October 14 and 15. Each night will feature a showcase of a group of independent artists, with the grand prize winner being determined by a panel of music industry judges.

“Music Prize has become a proving ground for independent artists from all over the nation,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Prize Foundation. “This year’s performers will take us to a new level and show the world that the Music Prize showcase and festival are leading the nation to discover some of the most talented musical talents on the planet.”

Music Prize Finalists are required to attend, as industry mentors are instructed to use these interactions with musicians to inform their decision on the grand prize winner. In addition to the $10,000 grand prize winner, Music Prize will also award second and third place cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

Top 11 Music Prize Finalists:

Allisen and the Wys Guys

The American Hotel System

Aname’ Rose


Bond +

The Neon Highway

Octavia the Great

Ouro Boar feat. Ricky Latt

Rococo Disco

Shelly Knicks and The Love + Space Connection

Star Chamber

In addition to the competition showcases, Music Prize will host its second annual Music Prize Conference (MPCon) which will also occur on October 14 and 15. The conference, taking place at Shreveport’s historic Municipal Auditorium, will feature two half-day sessions of mentor-led panels and roundtables geared toward career advancement in the music industry — including topics such as management, representation, and signing with labels — and also celebrate Shreveport’s rich music history.

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