CLEVELAND — Two big Northeast Ohio institutions are teaming up to find someone who could be the next big thing.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Akron-based Goodyear have launched "From Garage to Glory," a nationwide talent search that will give aspiring musicians or bands a chance to perform live on stage at the Rock Hall's Induction Fest on Oct. 28, during the institution's induction week in October. The winner also will receive $10,000.
Now through May 16, amateur solo artists and bands can enter the contest by visiting FromGarageToGlory.com and "submitting an original song and telling the story behind its inspiration." The Rock Hall and a panel of judges will choose three finalists, and the public will vote from June 21 through July 16 for its favorite contender.
"Every city has great local bands and solo musicians who work relentlessly to get discovered," Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock Hall, said.
The contest ends Oct. 28 with the winner performing at the enshrinement in Cleveland.
This year's enshrinement takes place on Oct. 30 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The 15 nominees for induction this year are Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick.
The Rock Hall will announce the inductees in May.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. recently teamed up rock singer Alice Cooper on the "Driven to Perform" Garage Band Contest. Three bands will compete for a chance to open for the rock group Evanescence for a livestream concert May 13.