FAQs

  • We like to think of ourselves as more of a community than a company
  • We don’t force participants to sign restrictive or exclusive contracts before entering
  • We are not a contest because we don’t believe in categorizing artists as “winners” or “losers”
  • We preach fun over competition. Music is subjective, therefore no one is “better” than anyone
  • We believe in equal opportunity for artists regardless of their genre, financial or racial status
  • While we appreciate the relevance of social media stats in today’s music landscape, we prefer to base our selections primarily on talent
  • We don’t guarantee superstardom. There is no such thing as “overnight success”
  • We believe artist development is just as important as the discovery process
  • We are not about boosting TV ratings or glorifying celebrity judges. Our primary focus is placed on the artist
  • We believe fans should be the only true gatekeepers of the music industry, not record labels
  • Open to independent singers, rappers, musicians, groups and bands of any musical genre
  • Must be between ages 12 – 25 at the time of registration
  • Must be a permanent resident of Canada or the United States to be considered eligible
  • It’s FREE to participate
  • If selected, you will be presented with the option to purchase several perks in connection with your development and preparation for each Phase (photos, music videos, rehearsals with professional mentors and more!)… but again, totally optional
  • If you would like to receive more information about these extra options and prices in advance, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email: [email protected]
  • Selections are based on a combination of originality, showmanship and overall skill
  • Either one is cool, as long it showcases your truest potential
  • While we appreciate everyone who takes the time to submit an application, we will only contact those who have been selected. Please allow approximately 10 – 14 days for a reply

  • Our platform is currently being offered in select cities across North America (TBA). Selected acts will be invited to participate in the city that is considered the closest in proximity to where they currently reside

  • Further details regarding venues and scheduling will be communicated directly to each finalist following their selection
  • Yes. Each finalist is responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation and meal expenses in connection with any and all Talent Nation programs and initiatives
  • Yes. The cost to attend the Live Phase could range anywhere between $20-$35 per ticket, depending on the venue and is subject to applicable taxes and fees
  • Tickets may only be purchased online through a private link (emailed to each participant following their selection) and will not be sold at the door on the day of the show
  • In order to ensure a sold out environment, participants are required to promote their participation in Talent Nation and the live show to the best of their ability, via word of mouth and social media. A minimum ticket quota per act may apply
  • The chance to grow your vocal and performance skills under the professional guidance of industry mentors
  • The chance to gain professional stage experience at a sold out music venue
  • The chance to gain valuable exposure with new fans and industry influencers worldwide
  • High quality pictures and videos of your live performance
  • Expert advice on song selection and wardrobe
  • Rehearsal and soundcheck; led by an expert team of vocal instructors, movement coaches & stylists
  • Connections with other likeminded artists and musicians in your community
  • Features in our online video gallery / voting section, including links to your social media channels and music accounts for added exposure

Unlike other singing contests, we don’t just hand you a prize and send you on your way. Our goal is to help guide you along your journey well after the process is over. The most deserving acts, based on total votes and the overall verdict our judging panel, will be presented with exciting career-launching opportunities – including, but not limited to the following;

  • A 6-month development deal, including your very own manager to oversee the entire process
  • Collaborate with world renowned producers and songwriters to record and release your very own hit song
  • Professional photoshoot, music video and cover art design to support the single
  • A customized marketing and media plan to support the release
  • Features in some of Spotify’s top trending music playlists
  • Additional live performance opportunities in various festivals and events hosted across North America
  • Home studio equipment, valued at up to $5,000.00!
  • No. We travel the country and showcase over 100 artists per season, so displaying every single performance video in our gallery would be rather excessive. Our Voting Phase is comprised of the stand out acts from each city, as determined by our scouting department
  • We do not categorize our participants as “winners” or “losers”. The experience is meant to provide equal opportunity to every artist who enters our program, offering a wide range of important benefits, regardless of the final outcome
  • There are two ways a participant may earn any and/or all of our featured opportunities: (1) total amount of claps vs actual video views and / or (2) the unbiased opinions of our industry panel, comprised of an anonymous group of music executives and influencers
  • Once the Voting Phase begins, footage of each performance will be uploaded to our online video gallery where fans can digitally clap for their favourite acts. Voting is unlimited. 1 👏🏼 = 1 vote! Go nuts.
  • An email will be sent to the most deserving acts with further details about the opportunities being presented. In addition, there will be several announcements and mentions on the Talent Nation website and across our social media channels
  • The audition video included in your application should only contain footage of you and/or the individuals who have granted you permission to be featured in your video
  • The use of obscenity, crude language, third party copyrighted material, any trademarks, brand names, or logos of a third party, violence, nudity, drug or alcohol use, is considered strictly prohibited in connection with Talent Nation and any of its programs / activities
  • Failure to comply may be grounds for immediate disqualification and dismissal, without exception
  • Probably not. Unless you are required to travel on a weekday in order to arrive at your scheduled destination on time. Otherwise, the majority of the process is scheduled on one given weekend
  • No. However, you will be required to sign a basic waiver form that grants Talent Nation permission to publicly feature your performance video on our website and social media channels for marketing, voting and promotional purposes

We’re a team made up of crazy music fanatics with a deep passion for providing beneficial opportunities to independent artists and creators. The founder and brains behind our operation is none other Mike Goldfarb, an A&R executive with a proven track record for launching several music careers, with over 100 million streams and 3 major label signings to his credit. His most recent discovery, US breakout star Carlie Hanson, is scheduled to open on Troye Sivan’s upcoming ‘Bloom’ Tour.