Music creation platform Splice has teamed up with SoundCloud for the launch of Nova, a contest to bring emerging artists, producers, and sound designers to the world. Chosen in part by the Splice user base, winners have access to distribution, monetisation, and marketing from SoundCloud in order to kickstart their career.

Starting in January, Splice is set to release twelve Nova "Artist Packs"—collections of signature sounds, loops, and samples—following a series of competitions that will whittle entrants down with the help of curators and users from both platforms. Those selected will end up in a genre-spanning catalog alongside existing packs from artists and producers. Of these twelve, four will receive enhanced marketing and distribution services, including dedicated account management, marketing and promotion, distribution, monetization, and $20,000 in marketing. Wowza. Check Nova out here, and full story via FADER