April 26, 2007 |
OurStage is a well done community talent contest. Users post videos or songs and the rest of the community votes on them. The top of each channel gets a $100 prize at the end of the month, and the entry with the most votes out of all the channels gets the grand prize of $5,000 each month. Their site makes it practically impossible to cheat, so artists with the most votes really have votes from the same amount of people as votes.
At the end of the month, the top 10 in each category go head-to-head in an SMS battle, where voters text in their votes at $.50 a text, but without limitations to the number of votes. The point is to try and gain recognition and a fan base for independent artists that don’t have another way of reaching a broader audience.
In their own words: “OurStage is the only democratic competition where the fans decide who‘s best in emerging entertainment. That means fans have the real voice – because our patent-pending judging system eliminates cheaters. So artists get a fair shot — if you‘re really the best — the fans will drive you to the top.” Find out why it might be a killer and vote for this startup at KillerStartups.com.