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SO HERE WE ARE, SOPHIA HAD HER SONG CHOSEN FOR THE SALUTE TOP 100 AND HAS MADE IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE SALUTE FINALS. THE FINALS OF THE SALUTE MUSIC MAKERS COMPETITION WILL BE BROADCAST ON FACEBOOK LIVE, IN A SPIRIT OF CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY.

Industry curators will give feedback on the new music from our Finalists and the SALUTE community of Music Lovers will vote on the songs each week to decide the winner.

Karaoke TV talent shows have dominated and single-handedly shaped the music landscape in Britain for over 10 years. For a lot of people these shows are objectively unappealing, exploitative, and formulaic.

Is there an alternative talent contest which focuses and showcases singer/songwriters, producers, or bands who write their own material?

There is now! SALUTE is that alternative. SALUTE can play an important role in our cultural landscape by putting original and new music on a platform that aligns with independent Music Makers.

Amid furious rumours and sighs of relief that the X-Factor was set to be canceled, everyone knows that the auditions are contrived and potentially faked. Moreover, the shows include artists who have been scouted in advance, and potentially groomed to win, exposing the mendacious world of reality TV. On top of this, the shows often involve a lot of ridicule and the occasional story of great personal struggle, before we all watch as these hopefuls drop off or are told they are not good enough before achieving any real success. Even the winners are forgotten about now, with many of them dropped from the Sony backed Syco record label that is behind the Britian’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, and X-Factor shows.

SALUTE is an alternative for musicians who do not want to partake in the current music talent shows which is focused on performers being part of a glorified karaoke session for alot of people. We want for talented and serious emerging Music Makers to showcase their talent through a new digtal hub, where they can, grow their profile, share their own music, engage new global audiences and launch their careers in a whole new way..

In that spirit, we picked the theme of friendship for Sophia’s first song in the SALUTE finals. It is our friends, Music Makers, and the support of the wider indie music community that will help us bring SALUTE to life after all!

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