Twelve unsigned bands move one step closer to becoming one of the most watched bands on television

Experian Announces Semi-Finalists in Nationwide Talent Search for the Freecreditscore.com™ Band

Twelve unsigned bands move one step closer to becoming one of the most watched bands on television

Irvine, Calif., June 7, 2010 — Twelve bands have advanced to the next round in the nationwide search for the freecreditscore.com band.  During the month-long coast-to-coast band search, over 100 bands performed in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Bands from all musical genres impressed judges with their originality and musicianship while performing freecreditscore.com songs on stage at historic musical venues including: The Gramercy Theatre, House of Blues and The Hollywood Palladium.

The 12 Semi-finalists will move on to the next round of competition and have a chance to win a $10,000 check, an exclusive Gibson Guitar prize package and a Pearl drum kit valued at $12,000, a studio session with music industry veterans, and will walk the red carpet at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and perform on the 2010 VMA Tour.

Talent Search Semi-finalists

  • Chicago: BC, Helicopters, The Personnel, The Poets Dance
  • New York: Astoria Boulevard, Dirty Bath Water, I Love Monsters, Kojo Modibo Sun
  • Los Angeles: Evolove, Loomis & the Lust, Run Down, Scattered Suns

“The caliber of talent that we saw in each city was incredible. It’s refreshing to see how so many different bands have taken the basic lyrics and music we provided and made the songs their own.  Anticipation is building as voting opens nationwide to determine who will advance to the final round in the search for the freecreditscore.com band,” said Chris Moloney, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the U.S. Consumer Direct business unit of Experian.

As freecreditscore.com increases its consumer focus on providing free credit scores, the Website has set its sights on finding a new band to represent the brand and is giving talent from anywhere in the country a chance to participate in the search.

Now that the regional search events are complete, bands from anywhere in the country can submit a video in which they (up to five members) perform one of the freecreditscore.com songs posted on the Website. America will vote through an online tracker on the Semi-finalists narrowing it down to four Finalists and then to one winning band. The search is open to bands with members 21 years of age or older, in any genre from country to blues to hip-hop and indie rock.  Bands can find freecreditscore.com songs, lyrics and guidelines and upload their video entries at http://www.freecreditscoreband.com.

The four Finalists will receive national media exposure in commercials on the FOX broadcast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, as well as a prize package from musical instrument leader Gibson Guitar. The three runners-up will each receive a $7,500 check to be divided among band members.

Consumers can log in to www.freecreditscoreband.com until Aug. 9th to vote for their favorite band and they can enter the Sweepstakes to win one of four Epiphone Casio guitars valued at $1,000 each.

In an effort to promote personal financial and credit literacy, freecreditscore.com provides consumers with instant access to their free credit score when they enroll in Triple Advantage® credit monitoring.  The company also offers a credit score tracker, access to a fraud resolution agent if needed and other valuable tools that are included in monthly membership. 

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The Free Credit Score Promotion will consist of the Free Credit Score Band Search (“Search”) and the Free Credit Score Band Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”)(collectively, the “Promotion”). The Promotion is promoted by ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian Company.  Search is open to unsigned bands or bands signed with an independent label they own or control who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 21 & older. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C.18 & older. Search begins 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 5/11/2010 & ends 4:59:59 p.m. ET on 6/16/2010.  Sweepstakes begins 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 5/20/2010 & ends 4:59:59 p.m. ET on 8/9/2010. For Participation Terms, which govern, visit www.freecreditscoreband.com, beginning 5/11/2010.

About freecreditscore.com™
Freecreditscore.com, together with freecreditreport.com®, is part of a family of online consumer credit reporting sites belonging to ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian company. ConsumerInfo was founded in 1995 to give consumers quick, easy and inexpensive access to their credit profile. It is now the leading provider of online consumer credit reports, credit scores, credit monitoring and other credit-related information. ConsumerInfo provides credit monitoring to its more than 3.1 million members and has delivered more than 20 million credit reports on the Web. As part of the Experian family, it continues to grow its membership base and develop innovative products to help consumers better understand their credit.

Freecreditscore.com and freecreditreport.com are part of a family of products from Experian that help consumers monitor and manage their personal finances.

Contact:
Jennifer Banovetz
Edelman PR
1 323 202 1066 Telephone
jennifer.banovetz@edelman.com Email

Renee Borsack
Experian Consumer Direct
1 949 567 7739 Telephone
rborsack@experianconsumerdirect.com Email

About Experian
Experian® is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 90 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2010, was $3.9 billion.
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