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The Music is Art event formerly known as "The Battle of the High School Bands" is back as simply, "THE BATTLE." Submissions are now open! Please read through the rules and restrictions below and fill out the form to submit for consideration.

- Open to WNY bands where the majority of its members are 21 and under. 
- Proof will be required before you make it to the final round. 
- Any solo acts, duos, or full bands may apply. 
- All genres accepted and encouraged to apply.

Submissions will be accepted until June 30th, 2023. A committee of judges will determine which acts make it to the event on Saturday, September 9th at The Music is Art Festival. The finalists will be provided a scoring rubric in advance so that you know what goes into the final decision. Each of the finalists will also receive a rehearsal with professional coaches to help you polish your act for the main event. Feedback from judges will be provided after the event so that you know where to work on improving.


Bands, solo acts, and duos are encouraged to apply for not only THE BATTLE, but for the Festival itself as well, as different committees look at the events separately. Links to apply can be found on our website at   
The grand prize at the September 9th event is a main stage slot at a prime time spot later that day, recording time at GCR Audio, mixing and mastering of one song, and a professional photo shoot. 


Battle submissions has closed. The Battle will start at 11am on 9/9 at the Music is Art Festival!

See you there!


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