CMJ and BrooklynBest Present: The Five-Borough Battle of the Bands

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BrooklynBest 2005 and CMJ present the Five-Borough Battle of the Bands on June 5th at Grand Army Plaza. Ten music groups of any genre will be chosen by CMJ to perform live. Five judges, including Adam Shore (Vice Records) and Danny Simmons (Def Poetry) will choose one Grand Prize Winner plus a First and Second Runner Up. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a premier performance at the 2005 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and at the 2005 Brooklyn New Music festival, a selected track on a CMJ compilation, and a ton of great Brooklyn gifts. First and Second Runners-Up will also receive great live performance opportunities.

Participants will be chosen based on the merit of their music alone; no record affiliation is necessary. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: Originality, Musical and Technical Ability, Performance Quality, Songwriting Ability, Lyrical Creativity, Sense Of Innovation. At least one member of each band must reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.

Eligibility: Band must have at least one member currently residing in one of the five boroughs on New York City. Entire band must be available from 11am - 6pm on Sunday June 5, 2005.

About CMJ:

The CMJ Network connects music lovers with the best in new music through print and interactive media, as well as live events. CMJ.COM offers an interactive music discovery service for new music fans, professionals and artists. CMJ NEW MUSIC MONTHLY-the first consumer magazine to include a bound-in CD sampler-connects music fans with the best new music, offering its readers multi-media opportunities to discover new music in print, on monthly CDs and online. CMJ ALERT, the music industry's connection to new music, is the weekly source for proprietary charts of non-commercial, college, commercial and Internet radio airplay and independent and trend-forward retail. CMJ EVENTS produces live music events and conferences, including CMJ Music Marathon, the largest music industry event of its kind and the CMJ College Tour.

About BrooklynBest 2005:

BrooklynBest is an annual event to attract both Brooklynites and local, national and international tourists to Brooklyn for special events and to enjoy the everyday fun and wonders the borough has to offer. The festival is held on the first weekend of June every year. This year's "hub" will be Grand Army Plaza, and the "hub" will move to a new Brooklyn location each year. Watch for future announcements at