Georgia Lottery's All Access Music Search

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced January 14, 2011 on a live television special that will air in the state of Georgia.

What is the TV Special about?
On January 14, 2011, the 4 winners of the All Access Music Search will be announced live on a Finale TV Special featuring celebrity judges Shawn Mullins, Monica, Dallas Austin and Clay Cook. The special will also chronicle the entire All Access Music Search experience - from first round auditions around the state to the selection of the Top 12. If you auditioned at any point during the competition, you may see yourself on TV!

When and where can I watch the TV Special?
The TV Special is a live program and will air on 5 broadcast stations throughout the state of Georgia. The special will air January 14, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm on: WSB-TV (Atlanta), WSAV (Savannah), WMGT (Macon), WRBL (Columbus), & WJBF (Augusta). Check your local listings for more information.

What is the voting process?
To vote for your favorite artist(s) in the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search, visit and click on the “vote now” button before voting closes on January 5, 2011. You may vote once per day and may vote for your favorite artist in each musical genre. Vote every day so that your favorite act(s) make it to Hollywood!

How long will voting be open?
The voting process will be open from 12:00 Noon on November 28, 2010 until January 5, 2011 at 11:59PM (ET). Results will be announced LIVE during the one-hour TV special to air on WSB-TV on January 14, 2011. Check your local television listings for times and other broadcast stations in Georgia.

Who can participate?
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate and a resident of the state of Georgia. Neither you nor any of your immediate family members (spouse, ex-spouse, parents, siblings, children, step-children) or members of your household (whether or not related to you) are eligible who are current employees, directors, officers, independent contractors, agents, or representatives of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, BBDO, What's Up Interactive, Pollard Banknote, EMI, WSB-TV, or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, or any of their respective licensees, successors, or assigns; or any other person or entity connected with the production, administration, or judging of the Audition and Performances or the Program; any television and radio station or channel, cable network, or satellite network that may air or otherwise exhibit the Program or any variation thereof; any person or entity involved in the development, production, distribution, or other exploitation of the Program or any variation thereof; any sponsor of the Program or its or their advertising agency; or any person or entity supplying services or prizes to the Program are also ineligible.

What are the four music genres?
The four music genre categories are: (1) Rock, (2) Rap/Hip-Hop, (3) Pop/R&B, (4) Country.

What if I don't consider my music to fall into one of the prescribed music genres?
When registering, please pick the genre of music that best fits your style.

What is the online registration process?
All registrants will be required to complete an online registration form between October 14 and October 27, 2010. Electronic online registration forms may be submitted at Each registrant will only be able to select one music genre and one audition city. The music genre you select at the time of registration is the genre you must perform throughout the entire program. Once the online registration form has been completed in its entirety, click the "submit" button and your registration will be automatically processed. You will receive an automatic message confirming your registration status and your exclusive audition number. You will also receive an email containing your audition information prior to the first round of auditions. You MUST bring this email or the automatic message from the web site with you to your specific city's audition date. We will only accept one on-line registration submission per musical act. If you are found to have registered as part of multiple musical acts, your acts will be disqualified. Only the first 250 people to register within the selected music genre and city will be automatically accepted. If you find that auditions for the music genre you want are full, we invite you to explore making arrangements to audition in one of the other audition cities should audition slots for your music genre still be available.

City Venue Registration Period Audition Day
Macon Macon Marriott City Center/Macon Centreplex 10/14/2010—10/27/2010 (12:00pm EST) 10/28/10
Atlanta Atlanta Civic Center 10/14/2010—10/27/2010 (12:00pm EST) 10/30/10
Savannah Hyatt Regency Savannah 10/14/2010—10/27/2010 (12:00pm EST) 11/1/10
Columbus Columbus Civic Center 10/14/2010—10/27/2010 (12:00pm EST) 11/3/10


Where and when will the auditions be held?
We are currently scheduled to visit the cities listed above. Auditions will take place rain or shine. Please do not arrive any earlier than the dates instructed.

What is the check in process?
Your check-in time will be provided to you in your confirmation email. We ask that you arrive on time. You can only check in for the audition if you have previously completed the online registration. THERE WILL BE NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING ALLOWED INSIDE OR OUTSIDE ANY OF THE AUDITION VENUES. We have purposefully kept the amount of auditions low so that all registered participants will have the opportunity to audition. Once you have been checked in, you will be given a wristband, seating assignment, and asked to enter the designated holding area and wait for your audition. Please be sure to eat something prior to coming to check in. Outside food and drinks cannot be brought inside of the venue. Where available, concessions will be open to purchase food/drinks once you are inside the venue.

Can I sing original music?
Yes. We are looking for Georgia's top solo and group musical talent. We encourage and prefer all registrants to perform their own music. However, if you don't have original music, that's OK. A list of public domain songs with lyrics is available on All participants are welcome to sing any song off the provided list. You must use ONLY the songs provided at or original material in which you are the sole owner of any rights to the song, lyrics or music. You may be at risk of disqualification if you perform outside of these guidelines.

Further guidelines for original music:
Lyrics must NOT contain material which is sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing. Lyrics must NOT include mention or performance of any copyrighted media production including but not limited to music (except the songs provided), films, books, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property. Lyrics must NOT contain derogatory references to Producers. Lyrics must NOT include 3rd party trademarks, name, logos, insignia, or other intellectual property.

Lyrics, music or phrasing cannot sample or replicate in any way a beat, sound, instrument, voice, phrase, or an entire song that is protected under copyright and intellectual property laws and that is not created wholly by the performers registered to participate in this audition. IF YOUR SONG DOES NOT MEET THESE GUIDELINES, PLEASE CHOOSE FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN SONGS PROVIDED. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE YOUR AUDITION IF YOU SAMPLE A SONG OR VIOLATE COPYRIGHT LAWS.

Can I bring a musical instrument with me to the first round of auditions?
Yes. However, we will not accept instruments that require setup time, backline, or require power to operate. Drum kits, amplifiers, large turntables, and pianos/keyboards are not allowed. The Producer has sole discretion on what will and won't be allowed into the audition rooms. All registrants will get only one minute (60 seconds) to perform. We advise you use this time to impress the judges with your musical ability, not setting up an instrument. We will have audio equipment available in the audition rooms should you want to perform with music. We will only accept audio CDs and those CDs must be furnished by you at the time of the audition. The producer accepts no responsibility for faulty equipment or recorded material (CD, etc).

Can I audition in more than one city?
No. Due to the limited number of auditions, you may only audition for one music genre in one city. Participants who attempt to register for more than one audition will be disqualified.

What do I need to bring?
When you arrive at your specified venue on the morning of the auditions, you MUST have your confirmation message with your unique audition number, valid driver's license or valid state-issued photo ID for proof of your age, and the signed Personal Release. You will forfeit your opportunity to audition if you do not have the proper ID. After showing proper ID and turning in the signed Publicity Release, you will be given a wristband and a seat assignment. All members of your music group, should there be more than you personally performing, must check in and participate in the first round of auditions to be eligible to participate at any later point in the audition process and win the grand prize.

What happens if I am late for check-in?
Your check-in time will be provided to you in your auto-reply confirmation email. If you are late for your assigned check-in time, you assume the risk of not being able to participate in the auditions. Please allow time for significant traffic congestion. The on-site parking is limited at most of the audition venues, but alternate parking facilities are located around the venues and most venues are accessible to public transit.

What do I do on audition day?
Once you have your wristband and seating assignment, you will be asked to take your seat in the designated holding area and wait your turn to audition. A Music Search staff member assigned to your seating area will prompt your section several minutes before you are escorted to the audition rooms. Restrooms and food/beverage concessions will be available to you throughout the day. Please note that YOU are responsible for being in your seat when your section is called. The section leader is not responsible for anyone not in their seat when their section is called. Audition start and/or finish time is at the discretion of the Producer.

Once your section is called, you will be escorted to your designated audition room. Please be courteous and quiet as you travel out of the main holding area to the audition rooms to avoid disrupting someone else's audition. Rude behavior or misconduct could get you disqualified. Once inside the audition room, you may have to wait for your turn to perform. You will be prompted by the judges and Program staff to take your position in front of the judges. The judges or Program staff will let you know when to start. You will have one minute (60) to perform. The judges or Program staff will stop you once your time as expired. You will then be asked to leave the audition room and go home. The judges will score your performance and submit their scorecards to the official Georgia Lottery Audit Team. The top 20 highest scoring music groups in each audition city will be invited to Atlanta, GA to participate in the Top 80 auditions on November 7, 2010. After you audition, make sure you periodically check the registration website (www.galotterycom/musicsearch) to see if you made it to the next round of auditions.

What do I do if I forget my signed Personal Release Form or confirmation email?
Everyone participating must turn in a signed Publicity Release Form. ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR MUSICAL ACT MUST ARRIVE AND CHECK IN TOGETHER. If you forget your signed form, a limited amount of blank release forms will be available at check-in. We will not have enough blank forms available for all participants so it is important that you bring the Personal Release Form with you. You will not be allowed past check in without turning in the signed form. There will be a station setup outside check-in for any participants forgetting to bring their audition number confirmation message. Program staff will require you to show identification to confirm your identity. Once you have proved you are one of the registered participants, the Program staff will provide you with authorized form listing your audition number. You will take the authorized form and proceed to the back of the check-line and wait for your turn to check in.

Tentative Schedule:

October 28, 2010 (Macon Marriott City Center) Macon - Round 1 Auditions - All day
October 30, 2010 (Atlanta Civic Center) Atlanta - Round 1 Auditions - All day
November 1, 2010 (Hyatt Regency Savannah) Savannah - Round 1 Auditions - All day
November 3, 2010 (Columbus Civic Center) Columbus - Round 1 Auditions - All day
November 7, 2010 (Venue TBD) Atlanta - Round 2 Top 80 Auditions - All day
November 17 - November 18, 2010 (Venues TBD) Macon - Top 12 Listening Parties - All day

November 19 - November 21, 2010 (Venues TBD) Savannah - Top 12 Listening Parties - All day
November 23 - November 24, 2010 (Venues TBD) Columbus - Top 12 Listening Parties - All day
November 26 - November 27, 2010 (Venues TBD) Atlanta - Top 12 Listening Parties - All day
November 28, 2010 (Georgia Dome) Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons Halftime Show - All day
January 14, 2011 Atlanta - LIVE Broadcast of Results Show

What do I wear to the audition?
We encourage you to express your personality and style, but please use discretion. Please avoid profane and distasteful outfits and clothing with visible third party logos.

Can I bring friends or family members to the audition?
Due to the limited amount of space, we can only admit registrants with confirmed audition slots. YOU CANNOT BRING A GUEST.

What is the audition process and how long do the auditions last?
Each registrant for the auditions will be required to perform an original or pre-approved public domain song. All registrants will have one minute (60 seconds) to perform in front of a judging panel. The judges will be scoring each participant. The top 20 scoring performances in each city (5 in each genre) will be invited back to the semi-final round of auditions in Atlanta, GA. Be prepared for the audition process to last all day. You may not leave the venue if you are still participating in the audition process. If you do, you may be disqualified. The auditions may not end until late in the evening. Make sure you check regularly to see if you made it to the semi-final round. The semi-final round will take several hours, so be prepared. After the candidate field is further narrowed by the semi-final auditions, further interviews may occur that will result in 12 finalists who will then have the opportunity to perform at listening parties around the state of Georgia and an Atlanta Falcons Halftime Show between November 17 and November 28. All 12 finalists will be invited back to Atlanta on January 14, 2011 for a final performance during the LIVE broadcast of the results show, with the announcement of the winner in each music genre.

Will there be eliminations?
An elimination process will occur immediately after each round of auditions. Please check back regularly at to see if you have moved on to the next round of auditions.

Do I have to be a Georgia resident to register?
Yes. To be eligible to participate, you must be a legal resident of the state of Georgia who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the first audition. You will be required to have a valid driver's license or valid state-issued photo ID at audition check in.

What if I lose my wristband, audition number, or seat ticket before auditioning?
DO NOT LOSE THEM. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR WRISTBAND, AUDITION NUMBER, AND SEAT TICKET IN ORDER TO BE ADMITTED IN THE AUDITION AREA. If you lose your wristband, audition number, or seat ticket, you will forfeit your chance to audition.

Is there any charge for the auditions?
No. Auditions are free. Wristbands and seating assignments are free. You just have to be physically present to check in and you cannot audition without them.

Is there a charge for parking at the venue? Parking fees are dependent on the audition city. See below for information for each audition city. Public transportation is also available to several of these venues.

Atlanta: $5.00 charge for parking at the Atlanta Civic Center. Parking is limited.

Macon: Free parking available on the Macon Marriott City Center premises. Parking is limited.

Columbus: Free parking available on the Columbus Civic Center premises.

Savannah: The Hyatt Regency Savannah does not offer self-parking. Valet parking is available, however it is very expense ($18.00/day). The venue is accessible by way of public transit. Private parking facilities are also available surrounding the venue, and daily parking rates fluctuate.

Where do I get the Personal Release Form and where do I send it once it has been completed?
You can obtain the Personal Release Form here. You must bring the SIGNED form and your valid Georgia driver's license or state-issued ID to check in on the day of the audition. Please read, complete, and sign the Personal Release Form BEFORE you arrive at registration. Remember you must be 18 years or older to audition.

What can I bring with me to the auditions?
The producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any items from the venue. All items you bring are your responsibility and we are not responsible for any lost/stolen articles. The list below is approved personal items you may bring into the venue. All personal items are subject to search:

What should I NOT bring with me to the auditions?
The list of prohibited items below is not exhaustive and even if an item is not listed below, the producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any such item from the venue. People in possession of prohibited items will be denied admission to the venue and may be subjected to immediate disqualification. All bags are subject to search.

If I have a current talent contract with another entertainment-based entity/service, can I still audition?
No. Unfortunately, the All Access Music Search is open only to musical acts who do not have any of the following agreements in place:

If you have any additional questions, please email