Exciting news from our partner NAMM about a great opportunity for TakeLessons students to showcase their talents and possibly win some very cool prizes…
The second annual national SchoolJam USA competition is inviting middle and high school teens to enter this year’s battle for the title of “Best Teen Band in the USA!”
Produced by NAMM, the competition highlights quality musical teen talent who aspire to be discovered by music industry professionals, have a passion for music, and want to help promote the significance of their schools’ music programs.
Teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of band members currently registered in a middle or high school in the United States, and are in an unsigned band, are eligible to participate. Bands have until October 15, 2010 to register online at www.schooljamusa.com. Bands can perform any genre of music, but the song must be original content or designated as “public domain.”
12 semi-finalists from each of four regions will be announced on Nov. 1, 2010; online voting for the top 10 finalists will be open to the public from November 1-30, 2010. The top two finalists from each region along with two “wild card” finalists will advance to the final competition on January 15, 2011, which will take place at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
The winning band will walk away with the grand prize trip of a lifetime to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt Germany, as well as receive a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 towards the purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music program.
Reinforcing the competition’s mission to encourage active music making among teenagers, all finalists will receive a credit toward the purchase of musical merchandise from a local NAMM Member music product retailer of their choice. In addition, each of the top 10 finalists’ schools will receive funding to support their school music programs.