Instagram hashtag #madisontheaterbandchallenge:
The Madison Theater Band Challenge is a multi-round battle of the bands
competition with over $5,000 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.
MY BAND ENTER? WHO CAN ENTER?
We are accepting entries from now until November 18th. 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 late-November, we will select
bands to participate and start assigning 1st Round dates. The 1st Round
will begin in late December.
CASH, for starters. The 1st place overall band will win $2,500, with the
remaining finalists all receiving prizes, including recording time at
gift cards, opening slots on NATIONAL SHOWS at Madison
Theater, photos from ZIEGELMEYER
PHOTOGRAPHY , radio play, and much more. Check out all the prizes
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?
Members of the Band Challenge committee have run two successful band challenge
events in the past, and the following are the key benefits the participating
bands have told us they got out of participating:
-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!