MTVU/EPITAPH Open voting on top 25 college acts...

Winner gets ep deal and MTVU video premiere, will perform on tour date with leading Epitaph Artist, and at MTVU spring break 07.

New York, NY - January 29, 2007 mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, today opened voting on the top 25 unsigned college acts on href=> competing to join Epitaph Records. The competition is part of mtvU's "Best Music on Campus" (BMOC) an online music destination offering college bands and solo acts unparalleled weekly, monthly and yearly opportunities to launch their careers. The act that wins the Epitaph deal will record an EP for the label, perform with a top Epitaph artist on a tour date, have a featured performance at mtvU Spring Break '07 in Cancun, Mexico and make a video that will premiere on mtvU and

The quarterfinalists in the mtvU and Epitaph competition are live now on, where college students and new music fans can browse, listen to and vote for their favorites. Online voting will play a key role in determining which acts advance and are in contention for the EP, performance and video deal. Voting for the quarterfinalist round will last until February 8th, 2007. The field will then be pared to 10, with semifinalist round voting lasting from February 12th - 17th. The final five artists will be revealed February 19th and final round voting will last until February 23rd. Execs from Epitaph and mtvU will then deliberate and pick the winner. The new addition to Epitaph will be announced shortly thereafter.

mtvU's "Best Music on Campus" enables college musicians and bands to build profiles with songs, videos, pictures, blogs and more. The best and most popular artists are recognized with exposure on MTV, mtvU and programming; the chance to open on mtvU tours and for emerging and established artists; and record deals with both indie and major labels. In late March, mtvU will unveil the top 50 college acts in the country, which will compete for the first annual 'College Artist of the Year' prize a promotion, video and record deal worth up to $1.5 million. The winner will be unveiled and debut with a live performance on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' in May. To learn more about the weekly, monthly and yearly competitions, or just check out new music from some of the best college acts nationwide, please visit

Eligible entrants in mtvU's 'Best Music on Campus' must be 18 years old, a legal resident of the United States, and solo artists or at least one band member must be enrolled at an accredited college or university. At time of entry and during the course of the contest, entrants (and all participating band members) must be amateur artists (i.e., cannot have a record deal and/or distribution deal with a major U.S. record label).

About mtvU
Broadcasting to 750 colleges across the country, with a combined enrollment of over 7.2 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are, through a three pronged approach on-air, online and on campus. mtvU focuses on content including music videos from emerging artists which can't be seen anywhere else, news, student life features, events and pro-social initiatives. mtvU is always on campus, with more than 500 events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and for a complete programming schedule, visit

About Epitaph
Epitaph Records first entered the annals of pop culture as the label that ushered in the punk rock revolution of the nineties. It has hence grown into one of the most diverse and well-respected independent labels of its time, revered for both its �artist-first� approach and the consistent quality of its signings. Celebrating it hallmark 20 year anniversary next year, Epitaph is more diverse and vibrant than ever, and home to some of the hottest new bands on the scene. Visit for more information.