I was listening to the local radio today and heard a great series/competition they have running. The basic idea is this:
Listeners recommend a local (unsigned) band for the station to review. The station then goes along to the gig and listens to the band playing live.
If they sound good and polished and give a crowd pleasing performance, they get posted online to the stations website – they post a bio, a review of the group, style of music and host an mp3 of the group.
At the end of the week, the listeners review and vote for the best group. Whoever wins the week, gets to record their best song for free at the stations studio! What a great prize for the