In 2017, SALUTE launched a competition to find the most innovative and diverse makers of new and original music. This was one of the most far-reaching and exciting grassroots talent searches in the history of British music.
Showcasing songwriting talent from all genres across the UK and celebrating diversity and inclusivity, SALUTE’s community of Music Makers and Music Lovers represented the true multi-cultural face of Britain.
As a music competition, SALUTE is an innovation and a world first, so here’s a look at what our first ever class of Salute Music Makers are saying about us.
Poggy – Singer Songwriter
“I think Salute is a great thing for unsigned artists as it really helps get some momentum behind you in terms of support.”
“Thanks to Salute I have had lots more interest generally in my music. It also made me get my official music video done which I’m really pleased about as I feel that will help to propel me forward.”
It’s lovely to see who really wants to see you do well. I feel like it’s been useful to get the ball rolling with my music.
I’d like to enter again and I feel like If I did I’d be more prepared in some way. I can see Salute bringing lots of great opportunities for artists to get their music out there to the public, and make more of a level playing field for all the artists out there.
TISTIK – Hip-Hop
I thought the competition was great, it was letting unsigned musicians get a shot at doing something big…I’ll definitely try again next year.
Mr. Ekow – Hip-Hop
“I think the competition is great for music makers and listeners alike. The opportunity to shine a spotlight on independent artists helps to expose some hidden talent and foster a community around them.”
Bow Promise – Future RnB
“I think it’s an amazing incentive. I tend to shy away from entering music contests which require votes but I like what Salute stands for. It’s community building and seeing the finalist updates, I found myself rooting for them all.”
Jessica Murae – Singer Songwriter
“I’ve gained Facebook followers and have been featured in Music Musing and Such blog which was great. During the voting process, my music reached a lot of people in my local area too.”
iLLAMADi – Grime
“Salute is an epic and amazing opportunity for unsigned artists!”
Grace Savage – Pop & Hip-Hop
To have had two songs in the top 20 is a big achievement and shows that all my hard work is paying off; people like my music and I’ve got some great fans that I need to keep on side and can rely on for support in the future.
TY – Grime
“I enjoyed being apart of it definitely, I think what Salute is doing is great and it can only get better.”
The Orange Circus Band – Folk
“We enjoyed taking part in the competition and feel the experience has been really positive and broadened our horizons.”