Congratulations to the 2011-12 winners of the Elfenworks Social Justice Category, who earned $5,000 in cash grants. Winners include the Thirstbusters (UCLA) with their song "Finders Keepers", which took home the first place prize. Second Place went to The Lonely Biscuits (Belment U) for their song "Deep Dish", and third place to Annie Dingwall (USC) for her song, "When The Lights Come On". These artists were recognized at the College Battle of the Bands National Finale in Los Angeles on June 22th, 2012, and officially announced at the Campus Moviefest National Finale on June 23rd, 2012.
The 2012 Winners are Announced.
The Thirstbusters win for their song, "Finders Keepers".
In previous years, $15,000 total in cash grants have gone to winning songs such as: A Moments Worth with their song "Dedicate", which took home the first place prize, runners-up Phonetic One for "A Rock and a Hard Place", Lunic with "Hope (Nothing Left to Lose)", The Beat Advocate with their song "The Other Side" and Eyeshine for their song "Alone" and runners-up including A Silent Canvas for "Close Your Eyes", The Taxi Project with "New", "This Time" by The Constant, and "Lost and Forgotten" by Tsavo.
Beginning in 2009, College Battle of the Bands teamed up with The Elfenworks Foundation to find music whose message told the stories of those suffering from social injustices. Bring your message home in a creative new way that uses the power of music to open ears, hearts and minds. Possible directions you may choose to follow include:
Write a new anthem to rock the world for social justice in America, in the spirit of: This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie; Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer; and Where is the Love by The Black Eyed Peas.
Write a ballad which brings home a personal tale of poverty, inequality or social injusticeexperienced by an individual in America, in the spirit of: Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton;He Was My Brother by Paul Simon; and Brothers Under the Bridge by Bruce Springsteen.
LOVE, UNITY AND PEACE
Write a song that motivates people to work together for social justice in America, in the spirit of the great songs on love, unity and peace: Ripple by The Grateful Dead; One Love by Bob Marley; and Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller Band.
The top entries will be recognized at the College Battle of the Bands National Finale, where bands will have an opportunity to earn $5,000 in cash grants.
To enter songs for consideration, submit your tracks online here at collegebattleofthebands.com. Then, send an email to email@example.com with a link to your song and a brief written statement about how your music fits into the social justice category.
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COLLEGE BATTLE OF THE BANDS
All rules and prizing are subject to be updated and may change throughout the year. Please check back here periodically.
Step 1: Sign-up and create an account
Step 2: Create an artist profile and upload your best mp3 and a YouTube video (video optional)
Step 3: Get as many people to play, rate, and like your artist profile as possible
Step 4: Selection: In each Region of the country, artists compete on stage for prizing and advancement. Judge selections, along with the most popular music artist online on the website receive entry to their Regional Battle*
Step 5: Regional Battle winners advance to the National Finale to compete for greater prizing against the best in the country to become the National Champion
Judging Criteria: Judging is based on four criteria: 1) strength of submission (or live show); 2) songwriting originality; 3) overall artist potential; 4) fan voting
Wild Cards: All Artists are encouraged to continue getting site plays, ratings and likes throughout the year, as they count towards general site rankings, and additional Wild Card prizing opportunities. Regional Battles and National Finale may have a Wild Card selection added by the judges. Not every Battle will include a Wild Card selection. Wild Cards are chosen at the judges' discretion in order to balance competition format when spots are available, and to offer additional prizing opportunities to competing artists.
In addition to awesome exposure, winning artists also take home incredible prizes.
Runner-Ups also receive a free semester of textbook rentals from Chegg.com and additional gear prizing TBA.
*Selection: The cut-off date for contest entry and online votes is one week (7 days) prior to the Regional Battle, unless specially-noted for that individual area. So for example, if your Regional Battle is on a Saturday, the deadline to submit is one Saturday prior, as the clock hits midnight at the end of that night.
For the online metrics, current site 'plays' are weighted heavier, and 'ratings' are used as a secondary metric. All plays and ratings are counted at the submission deadline, unless artists are notified of a voting extension in their region.
All votes are subject to qualification and review, to ensure legitimate voting. We reserve the right to disqualify any band or artist where, in our sole discretion, we believe cheating was involved.
For the judge selections, music industry professionals along with the show producers choose three or more artists to compete in each Regional Battle, for a total of four or more artists competing at each Regional Battle. Selected finalists will be announced at least 3 days prior to the Regional Battle.
**SESAC CASH PRIZING: In order to be eligible for the bonus cash prize, contestants must be either (i) affiliated with SESAC as a songwriter or (ii) eligible for affiliation with SESAC as a songwriter (i.e. not affiliated with ASCAP or BMI) (the "Eligibility Requirement"). In the event any single entry consists of two (2) performers, then at least fifty percent (50%) of the songwriters in such performance group must meet the Eligibility Requirement. In the event any single entry is comprised of three (3) or more performers, then at least fifty one percent (51%) of the songwriters in such performance group must meet the Eligibility Requirement.