Guitar Center and Converse launch “Get Out of the Garage” competition

Winning artist to record an EP with acclaimed producer Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) at Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio. Prize package also includes $25,000 cash, a performance in Austin at The FADER FORT presented by Converse, gear from Fender, Vox, Martin, Shure, worldwide digital distribution from TuneCore, and much more.
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Guitar Center is proud to launch Get Out of the Garage­, an artist discovery program offering emerging artists the chance to win a career-altering opportunity with acclaimed producer Dev Hynes. Get Out of the Garage brings together Guitar Center and Converse Rubber Tracks; both renowned for their long-standing passion in supporting musicians and for their unwavering commitment to helping unsigned musicians launch their careers. The new program will offer unsigned artists the chance to attain national recognition, professional mentoring, a state-of-the-art recording session, and much more.

Through Get Out of the Garage, one deserving independent artist will get the chance to record an EP at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn collaborating with writer and producer Dev Hynes, known for his work as Blood Orange. The winning band will also take the stage in Austin at The FADER FORT presented by Converse in 2014, and be outfitted with new gear from Fender, Vox, Martin, Shure, Gretsch, and Ernie Ball, as well as receive digital distribution through Tunecore and be featured on the At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt podcast series. The FADER FORT Presented by Converse is the ultimate go-to location in Austin for fans to discover new music. A four-day event, The FADER FORT has established itself as a primary stomping ground for many then-unknowns such as Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, M.I.A., Florence and the Machine, Odd Future, Feist, Cold War Kids, Kid Cudi, The Black Keys, and more.

To submit your music for Get Out of the Garage, visit:

How to Enter

Unsigned artists nationwide can submit a recorded live performance or music video to the official Get Out of the Garage website. Submissions will be ranked based on social media interaction and the top bands from each week will be reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dev Hynes and editorial staff members from respected music publication The Fader. Five finalists will be hand-picked to perform live at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn where one winner will be chosen.

"Working with new artists is something I'm always keen to do, free of jadedness and excitable with zero connotations in regards to experimentation,” said Dev Hynes. “If I could just help aid where they want to go somehow then I'll be extremely happy."

The Prize Package Includes

• A 3 Song EP produced by Dev Hynes at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY.
• $25,000 Cash
• Live performance at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse in Austin
• New gear from top music instrument brands – Fender, Shure, Martin, Ernie Ball, Evans, Pro-Mark, Dunlop, Gretsch, Zildjian, Vox
• Free worldwide digital distribution from TuneCore
• Feature on an AT: GC Podcast with Nic Harcourt.

Get Out of the Garage is an extension of Converse and Guitar Center’s ongoing collaboration to provide musicians with tools to pursue their musical aspirations. Fully equipped with the best instruments and equipment supplied by Guitar Center, Converse Rubber Tracks gives back to the creative community by encouraging up-and-coming musicians to further develop their sound and by providing an unparalleled recording facility that enables artists to unleash their creative spirit at no cost. It is also the home base for gear-specific podcasts including Guitar Center’s Geek Out and Gear Talk.