The Shot FAQ

What is the minimum age requirement?
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age by March 31, 2018 to apply.

Can I apply as a group or band?
Unfortunately, groups and bands are ineligible to apply.

Can artists from all genres apply for the Program?

Can my agent or manager apply on my behalf?
Yes. Your agent or manager can apply on your behalf as long as they have signing authority.

I am currently signed to a music label, am I still eligible to apply?
You cannot be currently signed to a music label or have any obligations that will impact your ability to sign an option agreement.

I am currently signed to a publishing agreement, am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, you can still apply.

Is there a cost to submit an application?
Yes, there is an application fee.

Do I need a professional video made?
NO. You can make your own video with the help of your friends and family or you can just make your video on your smartphone or web camera.

What should I include in my audition video?
You should sing a song you enjoy performing and that best represents you or your group, your talent and personality. Also, include a message telling us what sets you apart from other applicants and why you’ve chosen to apply for The Shot.

What kind of song can I sing?
You are free to sing any song in any genre, but make sure it best represents you as an artist.

Can I use backtracks for my audition video?
Yes, but live accompaniment is preferred. Someone else can accompany you if you do not play an instrument.

Can I attach my video using YouTube or Vimeo?
Yes. Links to Youtube and Vimeo videos will only be accepted. Make sure it is unlisted or password protected.

If I miss the deadline, can I submit my application by email?
Sorry, you will not be able to apply after the deadline. The application deadline is March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, but may be subject to change at any time.

Will you be holding any live auditions or applications only?
We will be holding open call auditions in Spring 2019. The date and location will be posted in early 2019.

When will I find out if I have been selected to participate in the Program?
Applicants who have been selected to participate in the Program will be contacted as early as April 2019.

Will I be contacted regardless of whether or not I am invited on the Program?
Due to the large number of applicants we are unable to contact each applicant. We will only attempt to contact those applicants who are selected to be potential participants on the Program.

I’m so excited. Should I push back my release plans for a new song/album I have coming out?
You should continue with your scheduled plans after applying for the Program. Once you submit your application please continue performing and engaging with your fans.

Will travel, accommodation and expenses be covered?
No. You will be responsible for your own expenses related to participating in the Program.

Will I be paid or compensated to appear on the Program?
No, you will not be paid or compensated to appear on the Program.

If I am selected will I get to choose my own audition songs?
Maybe. We would like you to remain open to all suggestions. If we do use your song, you will need to ensure that you own all rights in and to the song and that it is cleared for all uses, worldwide and in perpetuity without any additional fees. Producer may require you to sign additional agreements.

Can I bring my family, friends, manager or agent to set with me if I am selected?
Yes, you can bring your fans with you to the Live Audition if you are selected.

If I am not selected, can I have a refund on the application fee?
No. The application fee is non-refundable.