Muzak Heart & Soul Battle of the Bands

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Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation is proud to sponsor a Battle of the Bands for Charlotte, NC and surrounding counties.

Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to redefining and expanding the scope of music education. In order to achieve this goal, the Foundation looks to provide new and exciting ways to help kids achieve their musical aspirations. Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation is based in the Charlotte, NC area and decided that it was time to reach the extremely talented teens within the area.

Muzak Heart & Soul Battle of the Bands will determine the best band throughout the Charlotte area and offer prizes to the winners that will enhance their music endeavors.

Battle of the Bands will take place in two segments. Any band that has 2 to 8 members, at least two currently enrolled in high school, is eligible to apply. Every band that applies is required to play in the preliminary audition round in January. Each band will play one song for the preliminary auditions and will be judged by a panel of five. The top 8 bands will advance to the Battle of the Bands event on Saturday, March 10th at the Neighborhood Theatre. The Battle of the Bands event will be open to the public and the best band will be chosen by a combination of judge scores and audience votes.

The winning band will be awarded the following prizes:

  • 16 hours of recording studio time at Gat3 Productions to create a professionally-recorded demo
  • A scholarship to Noise! 2007 for all high school members of the band (15 to 17 years old)
  • A one-year Sonicbids subscription
  • A one-year Onlinegigs subscription
  • One song played within a Muzak program that is heard by over 100 million people everyday
  • A $100 gift certificate from Sam Ash Music
  • One free copy of the Battle of the Bands Video Production for personal promotional use
  • 200 copies of the bandÂ’s demo produced by Muzak for the band to distribute or sell

Terms And Conditions

1.Each band is required to register before January 12, 2007.
2.Each band is required to have 2 to 8 members.
3.At least 2 members of the band must currently be enrolled in high school.
4.Only pre-registered bands are permitted to play.
5.Bands must use backline and drums provided.
6.Sound checks will not be permissible at the auditions or at the event.

Preliminary Auditions each band that registers will have the opportunity to audition for the Battle of the Bands final event. Specific dates for preliminary auditions will be announced after the registration deadline of January 12, 2007. These auditions will take place on a Saturday in January at the Muzak Home Office.
- Bands will have 8 minute sets.
- Bands must play one song of their choice.
- Bands are not permitted to bring fans/family during audition.

Battle of the Bands Event 8 bands will be chosen from preliminary auditions to play at Neighborhood Theatre on Saturday, March 10, 2007.
- Bands will have 12 minutes sets.
- Each band must play one cover song and one original song within their set.
- If a band runs over its 12 minute set the sound board will be turned off and points will be deducted.
- Bands are not permitted to just jam.
- Only pre-registered band members permitted on stage during performance

Registering Your Band:
All bands registering for Muzak Heart & Soul Battle of the Bands must read and accept the rules and regulations before completing the registration form.

Muzak Heart & Soul Battle of the Bands is open to all bands whether unsigned or signed to a record label. There is no pre-selection and no demos are required. All bands who register are guaranteed to play in the preliminary band auditions. In completing this registration form you are acknowledging that you have read and accepted the Rules and Regulations.

Bands entering Muzak Heart & Soul Battle of the Bands will not be asked to sign any licenses or any kind of management or recording contract. All we need from bands is the permission to use any of their photographs and music for purely promotional purposes. Bands only need to pay a small one-time registration fee.

The registration fee is $40 per band. Fill out the form and follow instructions to register your band. Bands registration fees must be paid in total as one sum by cash, check or charge (only one credit card). Registration fees are non-refundable.

The registration must contain band name, email and/or telephone contact details, names, ages and instruments played by all band members. Each band must consist of two members currently enrolled in high school.

Adding additional band members after registration is prohibited without the consent of the organizer. Replacing more than one-third of band members is prohibited without the consent of the organizer.

Equipment and Onstage Rules:
The organizer will provide a high quality sound and lighting system, which all the bands will use.

The organizer will provide all drums, bass and guitar amplifiers, microphones, monitors and backline equipment used in all Battle of the Bands events.

The organizer will provide all sound and lighting engineers as well as all necessary stage crew.

Band members will bring any personal instruments such as guitars, basses, keyboards as well as any effects pedals etc. Drummers will bring their own bass drum pedal and drumsticks.

All bands must use the same backline and drums provided by the organizer. Keyboards and any special equipment other than personal instruments such as guitars will be placed on stage before the concert begins and will remain there until the end of the concert.

All bands must follow instructions given by the organizer and the appointed stage manager.

It is not permitted to use pre-recorded sound material. All bands must play live.

Bands will play 12 minute sets. At least one song must be a cover and one song must be an original, but not necessarily written by the band themselves. The total playing time for each band must not exceed 12 minutes.

Any band overrunning their allotted playing time will result in the sound board being turned off and points deducted.

Pyrotechnics are not allowed.

The playing order of the bands will be determined by a draw.