Salon Turns to the Web to Uncover the Best New Musical Acts in America with 'Song Search,' Sponsored by Infiniti

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Bands will submit songs to compete in online voting contest with a grand prize of $5,000. is looking to unearth the greatest act in America -- and they're harnessing the power of the Web to find it. On Sept. 25, Salon launched a new music contest, Salon Song Search that looks to find the best song you've never heard, with the help of music artists like Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty), Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) as well as top music bloggers, and other surprise guest judges.

Salon is soliciting one original song from any unsigned musical act in America -- one song that will compete against thousands of others for fame, glory and the $5,000 Salon Song Search grand prize, plus two $1,000 second prizes. Any genre, any style goes. At the end of the submission period, a panel of Salon's critics and the Web's top music bloggers will whittle the hopefuls down to 10. And then the world gets to vote.

"For more than a decade, has helped discover some of our best and brightest new writers," says Joan Walsh, Salon's editor in chief. "Now we'd like to help find the next great songwriters."

Beginning Monday, October 30, two new songs will be released every week on Salon for five weeks. Readers (and listeners) will vote online for their favorite, while celebrity judges like Thomas, Wall and other surprise guests will weigh in with their own choices. In the final week, the five winners will face each other in a victor-takes-all round of online voting, with the champion taking home the Song Search crown and the $5,000 grand prize.

To submit a song, visit the Song Search home page at

Sponsorship for the contest is being provided by Infiniti.

For press inquiries, call: Kerry Lauerman, New York Editorial Director, 212.905.6124

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Salon, the award-winning online news and entertainment web site, combines original investigative stories, breaking news, and provocative personal essays along with quick-take commentary and staff-written blogs about politics, technology, culture and entertainment. Committed to interactivity, Salon also hosts two online communities, Table Talk and The Well. A leader in developing editorial products since 1995, Salon’s latest features -- Video Dog (video parodies and shorts), Audiofile (downloadable music), the Daou Report (opinionated blogosphere guide), and automated Letters to the Editor have helped grow Salon’s audience. Salon is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in New York City and Washington D.C.

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