Submissions Open for 7th Annual Your Big Break Competition
at the Gold Coast Arts Center

 Local High School and College Musicians Perform for Music Business Professionals and Great Prizes In Three Rounds
Your Big Break is hosted by the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org. in association with Rick Eberle, PR.

Open to all musicians, ages 15 to 25, who do not currently have a recording or publishing contract and reside on Long Island or in the Tri-State area. Artists must perform with a band, solo with an acoustic guitar, or sing to a backing music track.

The FIRST KNOCKOUT ROUND – Saturday, February 9th, 2019

The 2ND KNOCK OUT ROUND – Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

The FINAL Round - Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Prizes to get you started on your musical journey include:

    • The chance to open for national acts at major venues like The Paramount in New York
    • Recording Time at Mix Place (Tom Douglas, Judge)
    • PR and social media campaign including management, booking, and label services consultation with the Rick Eberle Agency (Host)
    • Musical equipment from All Music Inc (Guy Brogna, Judge) and ZOOM North America (Stephen Marcuccio, Judge)
    • Homepage feature on (Lou Plaia, Judge)
    • Feature article in Good Times Magazine (Rich Branciforte, Judge)


Those Interested Can Email the Following Information to

  • One MP3 Song
  • One Photo
  • A Short Bio


Judges are major players in the competition, with past years having included some of the music industry’s elite such as:’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, songwriter Tara Eberle Drouin, producer David Caggiano, producer Richy Petrello,  and label executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, and Mark Ambrosino. 2019 judges are soon TBA.

Mentors are assigned to the finalists to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. 2019 mentors will be announced but past mentors included singer/songwriter Ryan Star, songwriter/producer Ido Zmishlany, American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Dream Recording Studio’s Jason Melker, Sojourn Record’s Mark Ambosino, arranger/producer/songwriter/remixer and former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records Jimmy Bralower, singer/songwriter John Hampson of Nine Days, songwriter/producer Donnie Klang of MTV’s “Making the Band”, and others.

Each evening is capped with a special headlining performance. Past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Buddhist Priest, Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, and Sir Cadian Rhythm – all of whom are local musicians who have had major success in the industry, with hopes to further inspire the next generation of New York stars presented each year.

  • Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for general seating and the first act will perform starting at 8 p.m. each night.
  • Advanced Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets are $20 at the door upon availability.
  • Snacks are available for purchase.
  • The Gold Coast Arts Center is located at 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck.
  • For more information, call 516-829-2570