Jewish Star – North American Talent Search

Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Star North American talent search is a new competition designed to identify emerging talent in the Jewish community who have a passion and desire to impact the Jewish world. A panel of international celebrity music artists will judge the applications to select the winners based on their vocal, instrumental, overall performance skills, and passion for impacting the Jewish world. The public will also have the opportunity via social media to contribute to the judging stage.

     

     

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The Prizes

6 Grand Prize Winners will receive:

  • Private mentorship from a internationally recognized Jewish celebrity recording artist.
  • A professional studio recording session to record an original composition or a cover song from a pre-approved list of Jewish music artists.
  • North American exposure highlighting winner artists on an exclusive Jewish Rock Radio show broadcasting the songs recorded by prize winners.
  • A full scholarship to attend the 2019 Songleader Bootcamp (SLBC) National Conference for immersive coaching and skills training in February 2019. Prize winners will also be featured and perform live at SLBC.

Celebrity Judges and Mentors

A panel of international celebrity music artists will judge the applications to select the winners based on their vocal, instrumental, overall performance skills, and passion for impacting the Jewish world. Judges will also serve as mentors to the 6 Grand Prize winners.

Rick Recht
Rick Recht
Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson
Nefesh Mountain
Nefesh Mountain
Beth Schafer
Beth Schafer
Julie Silver
Julie Silver
Sheldon Low
Sheldon Low

RULES

Competition Eligibility

  • You must be Jewish.
  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 26 to audition.
  • Only one Video Audition will be accepted per contestant.
  • If you are under age 18, you must have parental permission.
  • You must be a resident North American citizen (United States, Canada, or Mexico).

Competition Timeline

Oct 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2018
Dec 6, 2018
Dec 6-17, 2018
Dec 18, 2018
Jan 2019
Feb 2019
Feb 15-19, 2019
March 5, 2019
Video Audition Submission – Open
Last day for Video Audition submissions
Top 10 Announced
Public voting for the top 6 Grand Prize Winner
6 Grand Prize Winners announced
Mentoring with celebrity coaches
Recording studio production
2019 SLBC National Conference in St. Louis, MO
JRR exclusive broadcast featuring the music of Jewish Star winners

Audition – Submission Instructions

Here is some very important information for a making your video audition:

     

Audition Form
After making your video, you must submit your video in the Audition Form (below).

     

Video Audition
In your Jewish Star video audition, you will sing a song that highlights your musical ability, voice, and ability to connect to an audience.
Your Song: Your song must be an original composition or chosen from the catalogue of any of the approved artists (below). If you chose a song from the approved artists, you do NOT need to ask permission to play their song in your audition video. These artists have already granted you permission to use one of the songs in their catalogue for your audition video. The song should be about an identifiable Jewish theme, value, or holiday. Choose a song of any style, topic, or tempo (ie. upbeat or ballad). Most importantly, choose a song you feel will best highlight your voice, musical ability, and performance style.

     

Video Length
Your video should not exceed 4 minutes

     

Video Recording and Editing Guidelines

  • Use your phone or computer to record a video of you singing a Jewish song. Do not over-edit your video. We prefer stripped down performances that show your personality and talent (even if it’s just you singing in your living room or backyard!).
  • It is important that you record your video with your camera positioned horizontally.
  • Start the video by saying your name, the name of the song, and “This is my entry into Jewish Star: North American Talent Search.”
  • It is important that we can see and hear you! Please check the audio on your video before uploading.
  • Do not use a background track. You can accompany yourself if you play guitar or piano, or you can sing a cappella!
  • Do not use auto-tune apps such as Smule or StarMaker.
  • You are unique in your own way! Show us your personality and energy, and have fun.

Judging Criteria Will Include

  • Musical ability
  • Quality of vocal performance
  • Charismatic connection based on body dynamics
  • Jewish world vision statement

Judging criteria will not include video or sound quality. Please DO NOT submit a highly produced, multi-camera video.

     

You can play an original composition or a song by one of the artists below:


FAQ

Q: What is Jewish Star?
A: Jewish Star North American talent search is a new competition designed to identify emerging talent in the Jewish community who have a passion and desire to impact the Jewish world. Check out the about section for more detail.

Q: Who can enter?
A: Young adults ages 14-26.

Q: What are the prizes?
A: 6 Grand Prize Winners will receive:

  • Private mentorship from a internationally recognized Jewish celebrity recording artist.
  • A professional studio recording session to record an original composition or a cover song from a pre-approved list of Jewish music artists.
  • North American exposure highlighting winner artists on an exclusive Jewish Rock Radio show broadcasting the songs recorded by prize winners.
  • A full scholarship to attend the 2019 Songleader Bootcamp (SLBC) National Conference for immersive coaching and skills training in February 2019. Prize winners will also be featured and perform live at SLBC.

Q: Can I vote? Does the public vote?
A: Yes! Judging will be open to the public after the top 10 finalists are released. The public will determine the 6 grand prize winners.

Q: I know the perfect person, how can I submit their name?
A: Send them to this page and encourage them to enter!

Q: I’m under 18, do I need parental permission?
A: Yes. If you are under age 18, you will be required to include a parent or guardian’s email address. A form will be emailed to your parent or guardian for their consent.

Q: Did you receive the video I submitted? When will I hear back?
A: You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your application. Every video received is reviewed! We will announce the top contestants on Jewish Rock Radio’s Facebook page. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are not be able to respond to inquiries about submission status.

Q: I changed my mind and no longer want to be considered. How can I cancel my audition?
A: Please email us at [email protected]

Jewish Star Supporters

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Scott Harris – the visionary and lead organizer of the Jewish Star initiative. We would also like to recognize the following individuals who have generously contributed to support the launch and operations of the inaugural Jewish Star North American talent search. Finally, huge thanks to the Jewish Rock Radio board of directors for your commitment and dedication to strengthening Jewish identity and engagement for future generations.

Jewish Star Supporters

Jeff Bartos
Jarrod Beck
Stuart Birdt
Dan Blaser
Jonathan Crystal
Jeff Feig
Tony Felzen
Cindy Feinberg
Noah Flom
Michael Friedland
Alan Franco
Valerie Gersten
Emily Gindi
Scott Harris
Kevin Pailet
Shara Perlman
Manuel Rajunov
Dan Senor
Rada Sumareva
Josh and Jill Zucker
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