For the sixth year, UC Berkeley Rec Sports will release a compilation album of the Bay Area’s best unsigned bands, called Caltopia. Local bands or any style have until June 30 to submit their original compositions online for a chance to win a spot on the compilation as well as a chance to play at the live event on August 24.

The prizes for the winners are pretty impressive. Winners will be featured on the Caltopia Live Album, which will be promoted to domestic and international audiences. They also get all kinds of print and online promotion, such as,, East Bay Express, the Cal Rec Sports YouYube channel and more. All of the tracks from the album will be available for free download via the Caltopia Live website.

The event is said to be attended by more than 36,000 people, which is a great opportunity for bands to pass out promotional materials to a fresh and enthusiastic audience. A panel of judges will select 20 artists to be a part of the album, and then four will be selected for the live show. Winning artists will be contacted by July 15.

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