Voting in the first virtual Rock United competition benefiting United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC) will begin Thursday, Aug. 20. 26 local music artists have entered the competition and will compete for the grand prize of $2,000 cash, opening for Billy Currington at the Gulf on Okaloosa Island on Sept. 26, a professional photoshoot with BlacksuitFM Photography, and a two night stay at The Island Hotel by RL the weekend of Sept. 26. Money raised during competition voting will benefit UWEC and help fight for the health, education and financial stability of every member of our local community.
“It is such an inspiration to look at these phenomenal artists we have right here in Okaloosa and Walton counties and know that they are participating in this contest not only for an opportunity to win the grand prize, but to do it while giving to UWEC and the people of our community,” said Kelly Jasen, CEO of United Way Emerald Coast. “When I look at the talent in this competition, I see our community through different ages, sexes, and races. Everyone has come together, no matter the background, for the love of music and our community. I’m so proud to see the first round kick off.”
The competition will be a single-elimination tournament. Musicians are divided into five random groups for the first round. The two acts that receive the lowest amount of votes in each group will be eliminated at the end of the match-up. That will bring the second round to 16 artists, who will compete head to head until only two artists are left in the final round. Voting in the first round will go live for the first three groups at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 20. Those contests will go through Saturday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. The remaining two groups will kick off at 7 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 23, with voting wrapping up at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The winner of each match-up is based on the number of votes in the UWEC fundraiser. Fans can vote by donating $1 per vote, with no limits placed on the number of votes per person. Musicians and fans can follow the contest with voting updates on the Rock United Facebook page. Be sure to tune in for the final 30 minutes of voting!