The Madison Theater Band Challenge is a multi-round battle of the bands
competition with over $6,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Shows
will take place at the historic Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky,
just across the river from downtown Cincinnati, starting in mid-December
2014 and going through March 2015.
MY BAND ENTER? WHO CAN ENTER?
We are accepting entries from now until November 23rd. Musical acts of
ALL ages and ALL genres are welcome to enter. There is NO ENTRY FEE! There
are NO restrictions on what you can or cannot say or wear on stage. Say
whatever you want! You must, however, be based reasonably close to the
Greater Cincinnati area to be selected. In mid-to-late-November, we will
select bands to participate and start assigning 1st Round dates. The 1st
Round will begin in late December. Enter HERE.
CASH, for starters. The 1st place overall band will win $2,500, with the
remaining finalists all receiving prizes, including cash, recording time
MUSIC gift cards, custom merch from ARNAR
CLOTHING, SHOWS at Madison
Theater and Madison Live, photos from ZIEGELMEYER
PHOTOGRAPHY, and much more. Check out all the prizes HERE.
Scoring is a 50/50 combination of fan voting and judging. Each paying
audience member gets a ballot at the door to vote for their top 3 bands.
A 1st place vote is worth 3 points, a 2nd place vote is worth 2, and a
3rd place vote is worth 1 point. Our panel of judges is made up of key
people from the Cincinnati music world, and will rate bands on musical
skill, originality, stage presence, and total production. For each show,
half of the bands will be eliminated and half will advance to the next
round. So if 6 bands play, 3 will advance to the next round.
be posted on this website and on the Madison Theater Facebook page by
Noon the day after each event. Rounds are separated by about 3 weeks,
so that you don't wear out your crowd and can build anticipation for the
next round's show. Click LIKE on Madison
Theater's Facebook so you can keep up with the latest Band Challenge
THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING?
Last year's Band Challenge was very successful, and the following are
the key benefits the participating bands have told us they got out of
-Playing in front of new people.
-Playing well-attended shows.
-Exposure of band name, increased online traffic, and show offers.
-Experience playing in a large, well-known venue.
-Experience of the repetition of setting up, tearing down, and sticking
to set lengths.
-Meeting and creating relationships with other area bands.
-Showcasing in front of judges and getting feedback.
-Earning future shows at our venue.
-The chance to win great prizes!
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