The deadline is drawing near for teen bands nationwide to compete for the title of “Best Teen Band in the USA,” while raising funds for their schools’ music programs in the third annual competition is produced by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
Teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of the band members currently registered in a U.S. middle or high school, are encouraged to enter by Oct. 21, 2011. Teen bands participating in SchoolJam USA may perform any genre of music as long as the song is original content or designated as “public domain.” For a full list of competition rules and regulations, and for information on how to enter, visit SchoolJam USA.
After an online public vote and review by a panel of music industry judges, eight finalist bands will be chosen to take the stage live on Jan. 21, 2012 in Anaheim, Calif. during the weekend of the world-famous NAMM Show. The finalists will perform in the Downtown Disney District for hundreds of fans and a panel of judges comprised of music professionals to claim the title of “Best Teen Band in the USA.” The grand-prize winning band will receive a trip of a lifetime to perform at the original SchoolJam Festival in Frankfurt, Germany, along with 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 programs.
SchoolJam is an established music initiative, originally developed by MM MusikMedia Germany to promote popular and rock music in schools throughout Germany. The program has provided thousands of music-loving young adults with the opportunity to perform and network with their peers, increasing their love for playing music and encouraging them to become active musicians.
NAMM-sponsored research has shown the following benefits for kids and teens who play an instrument:
- School music education programs help students achieve in other academic subjects such as math, science and reading
- The vast majority of principals agree that participation in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school
- Teens see music as their “social glue” and as a bridge for building acceptance and tolerance for people of different ages and cultural backgrounds
- Music-making helps teens release or control emotions, cope with difficult situations, and teaches self discipline
- Making music provides teens with freedom to be themselves; to be different in a positive framework, bolstering self esteem and confidence
- Teens associate playing music with music literacy, listening skills, motor ability, eye-hand coordination and heightened intellectual capabilities
- Music provides opportunities in school for engagement as performers, composers and intelligent listeners
If your life were the film “Almost Famous” would you be cast the boy or girl journalist Rolling Stone inadvertently sends on a rock tour rather than a member of the band? If so, then you should know that SchoolJam USA and In Tune Monthly magazine are also hosting a Field Reporter Contest. Any and all teens that want to attend the SchoolJam USA finals in Anaheim, Calif. and show off his/her journalistic talents are encouraged to participate! Find out more information to enter the competition before Nov. 1, 2011 at www.schooljamusa.com or www.intunemonthly.com.