The Search is On: Aloft Hotels Launches Global Quest for Emerging Music Talent with Sixth Annual Project: Aloft Star Competition

Open Call Kicks off Today on LiveAtAloftHotels.com; Competitions Already Underway in Germany and Asia

STAMFORD, Conn. - August 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Aloft Hotels, the innovative hotel brand for today’s hyper-connected global traveler, is now accepting submissions for Project: Aloft Star — the sixth annual global talent competition aimed to identify and support the hottest emerging music artists. For the sixth consecutive year, Aloft is shining the spotlight on rising musical talent and giving these performers the chance to take the mic at Aloft hotels around the world. In a special twist this year, Aloft has tapped critically acclaimed indie pop star Ingrid Michaelson (“The Way I Am”, “Girls Chase Boys”) to act as special guest mentor for this year’s finalists.

“I’m so excited to be a part of Project: Aloft Star this year – both personally and professionally,” said Ingrid Michaelson. “The platform and support Aloft Hotels offers rising musical talent is fantastic, and I can’t wait to help in this search.”

#DigitalSearch: Emerging Talent across the Americas Invited to Win a Chance at Stardom

Starting today through September 12, unsigned bands and artists across North America and Latin America are invited to upload an original song and photo to LiveAtAloftHotels.com for the chance to be named the 2015 Project: Aloft Star winner. An expert panel of music industry insiders will then comb through the submissions to identify the top five semi-finalists who will advance to the next phase of the competition.

New this year, every Monday throughout the first phase, Michaelson will host “Mentoring Mondays” where unsigned bands and artists who enter Project: Aloft Star will be invited to post questions to Michaelson’s Facebook page using #AloftLive and #ProjectAloftStar, for a chance to receive personal feedback and musical guidance directly from the indie songstress herself.

#DownToFive: Fans Take to Facebook to Vote for the Best

From September 28 – October 9, the five lucky semi-finalists will be featured on LiveAtAloftHotels.com, where music loving fans from around the world can vote for their favorite. An expert panel of music industry insiders will then pull together the fan votes and ultimately decide the two contestants who will advance to the live finale round in New York City.

#SingOff: Two Rising Stars Sing for the Title; Get Mentored by Michaelson along the Way

As part of the prize package, the two lucky finalists will receive an exclusive, one-on-one coaching session with Michaelson in New York City in late October. Following the mentoring sessions, the two finalists will then have to duel it out “battle of the bands”-style as they open for Michaelson at an exclusive concert at an Aloft hotel in New York City. The winner will be announced live later that evening.

This year’s Project: Aloft Star winner will receive a recording session with a top music producer, an imaging session with a well-known stylist and Starpoints to use toward stays at any Aloft hotel as they hit the road and go out on tour. The winner will also be invited to perform during the 2016 Live at Aloft Hotels concert series, with dates to be announced later this year.

“Walk into any Aloft and you know you’re going to hear a killer soundtrack – whether coming through the sound system or from a special live acoustic performance,” said Paige Francis, Vice President of Global Marketing, Aloft Hotels. “Our guests share our passion for musical discovery, and Project: Aloft Star is the embodiment of our quest to find the next big thing. With Ingrid Michaelson’s help and incredible talent, she will add another level to our competition this year.”

Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the search for emerging artists residing across the Americas. Project: Aloft Star is currently underway around the world including Project: Aloft Star Germany in partnership with Rolling Stone and Project: Aloft Star Asia amplified by MTV Asia. Finalists for both competitions will be announced in September 2015.

Project: Aloft Star is now in its sixth year and past winners have included Jackie Stabb, Clinton and Ashley, PANDABROS, Natania Lalwani, MY BODY, Hits and Adrian Bourgeois. The annual competition is just one example of how Aloft has put a spotlight on up-and-coming artists since its inception in 2008 and the introduction of Live At Aloft Hotels, the signature ongoing music series offered at every one of the brand’s 100 hotels worldwide. The popular acoustic sets showcase emerging talent with live, intimate performances in WXYZ® bars and unscripted backstage moments. Past Live At Aloft Hotels artists have included Green River Ordinance, Better Than Ezra, The Lumineers, Langhorne Slim, and many more. Additionally, in 2014, the brand hosted 100 Days of Music, a global initiative in which 100 artists performed at 100 Aloft Hotels over the course of 100 days to celebrate the road to the 100th hotel opening. For more information of the brand’s dynamic music programming, visit www.LiveAtAloftHotels.com.

About Aloft Hotels

With 100 hotels open now and coming soon in 15 countries around the world, Starwood’s (NYSE:HOT) Aloft brand delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For today’s (and tomorrow’s) connected, curious and communal evolving global traveler, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design. For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com/experience.

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SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Media Contacts:

Ashley Chapman
Global Public Relations, Aloft, Element & Four Points
212-380-4015
ashley.chapman@starwoodhotels.com

Elizabeth Austin
THINK PR
212-343-3920
eaustin@thinkpublicrelations.com

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