FEST: Bitter Jester Music Festival (IL)

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The Bitter Jester Music Festival is proud to be celebrating 15 years of quality musical performances and educational feedback for up-and-coming bands and solo artists! We're looking for Sonicbids artists to join us for our 2020 production. 

This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit event.

The Opportunity

The Bitter Jester Music Festival (BJMF) is the Midwest's largest professional music competition for rising-star musicians (bands and solo artists alike). BJMF supports and promotes young and emerging talent from across the Midwest.

With $1,000 / $750 / $500 prizes, the competition and concert series is built on a strong foundation of community and emboldening and empowering young performers at a critical time in their social and artistic development. BJMF gives participating young adults an opportunity to receive professional feedback from working musicians and, most importantly, meet and connect with dozens of other musicians their own age.

Additionally, performers get to work hand-in-hand with Bitter Jester Studio's 9-time Emmy award winning production team, providing them with a level of media exposure, professional mentorship, and networking that is unmatched by other similar competitions.

The Band

  • Open to a wide range of genres 
  • The only requirement is at least half the members of the submitting band must be 21 or younger

The Gig

Currently, the event has four preliminary competitions on consecutive Fridays in June at Port Clinton Square in downtown Highland Park, IL. A winner is selected by a panel of 5 professional judges each Friday to compete in the Grand Finale Concert.

After all four preliminary competitions, Bitter Jester producers and directors select four "Wild Card" bands to also compete for the grand prize at a Grand Finale concert on July 4 leading up to the City of Highland Park's fireworks display. Showcase bands are also selected to perform on the big stage prior to the battle on the 4th of July.


  • Compensation Amount: Up to $1,000.00


Apply by May 01, 2020

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