NAMM’s Annual SchoolJam USA
Once again, teen bands have the chance to showcase their talent by entering NAMM’s fourth annual SchoolJam USA, a national teen battle of the bands. Middle and high school teens with a passion for music can help promote their schools’ music education programs, by entering the SchoolJam USA competition at www.schooljamusa.com.
The competition highlights teen music talent, gathers students in support of the arts, provides funding for school music programs, and promotes active participation in school music programs.
Unsigned teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of band members registered in a U.S. middle or high school, are eligible to participate. Online entry for bands is open from Aug. 1 to Oct. 26, 2012. Bands can perform any genre of music. Song selections must be original content or designated as “public domain.”
Throughout November 2012, participating bands’ submissions will be posted on www.schooljamusa.com, where online voting is open to everyone. Eight finalist bands will be chosen by a combination of public votes and rankings done by a panel of musical professionals.
On Jan. 26, 2013, during the weekend of the NAMM Show, the top-ranking eight finalists will take center stage in Downtown Disney, Anaheim, Calif. The finalists will perform live in front of a panel of professional judges and hundreds of fans for the chance to take the title of “Best Teen Band in the USA.” All finalists will receive prize money to purchase new gear and funds for their local school music programs to purchase needed instruments from local NAMM Member music stores. The winning band will walk away with the grand prize including a trip to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt, Germany, a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 toward the purchase of new gear, and $5,000 for the winner’s school music program.