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The Cape Town branch of the world renowned School of Rock music school brand is offering all South African teenagers the rare chance for their talent to be seen by American record label executives as part of a worldwide artist search, Center Stage.

From May 1 until June 30, singers aged 13 – 19 years old can submit a five-minute audition video in hopes of being one of 25 selected individuals flown to Los Angeles for an invaluable industry experience. These artists will perform in front of Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group (APG) executives at a private artist showcase. They will record songs at APG’s studios with professional engineers. Additionally, 100 applicants that show promise as artists will receive a scholarship to a School of Rock camp of their choice.

For more than 20 years, School of Rock has been the leader in performance-based music education, bringing musicians of all ages to some of the most iconic stages in the world.

“School of Rock prides itself on taking students out of the lesson room and putting them on to the stage,” said Leigh Spaun, School of Rock Marketing Director. “South Africa has limited opportunities to expose up-and-coming musicians, and with this competition, Center Stage gives talented artists the potential to reach their biggest audience yet.”

A Claremont School of Rock student, Ben Reid, previously made it into the brand’s AllStars Tour, which sends the best students from around the world on a tour across the United States.

The artist search programme is open to vocalists living in a country where School of Rock operates, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Australia, and the Philippines. Vocalists do not need to be School of Rock students in order to participate in Center Stage, however only students will receive feedback on their submissions to help them continue to grow and develop as musicians. “All you have to do is submit a video of yourself performing and you could stand a chance to set yourself on a path to an international music career,” Spaun said.

The competition is open to teenagers across South Africa. For more information on the Center Stage programme and how you can audition, please visit

Atlantic Records celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018. Founded in New York City, the label literally grew from a one-room operation into one of the world’s preeminent music companies. Atlantic has released a string of recordings that have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, and Led Zeppelin.

The Atlantic Records Group roster today includes many of the world’s most popular recording artists, among them Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Sia, Coldplay, Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta, Death Cab for Cutie, Matchbox Twenty, Lil Uzi Vert, Jason Mraz, Kehlani, Kevin Gates, Melanie Martinez, Rob Thomas, Skrillex, Trey Songz, and many more.

Artist Partner Group (APG), based in Los Angeles, CA and founded in 2012 by WMG Creative Officer Mike Caren, is a modern record group for forward thinking and entrepreneurial artists. APG acts as an invisible force that helps build artist brands and relentlessly executes artists’ vision. Clients include Charlie Puth, Kehlani, Kevin Gates, Bazzi, Youngboy Never Broke Again, Lil Skies, Alec Benjamin.

School of Rock helps aspiring musicians master skills, unleash creativity and develop tools they need to thrive in life. Founded as a single school in Philadelphia, PA in 1998, School of Rock has become a rapidly growing international franchise operating more than 230 schools in ten global markets. Since 2009, School of Rock has grown their student count from 4,000 to more than 33,000. School of Rock offers a wide variety of music lessons, including guitar lessons, singing lessons and piano lessons (available at

School of Rock Claremont opened in Cape Town, South Africa four years ago and teaches over 220 students between the age of 3-100. We believe that performance is the key to learning and enjoying music and our results-driven programmes combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices, making School of Rock the ultimate music school for kids and adults.

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For more information on School of Rock visit or call 021 671 9580.

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