Take the Bands4Good Challenge

Hey, music lovers — are you up to the challenge?

A new online talent competition, the 2014 Bands4Good Challenge, has extended its application deadline through Oct. 30.

The contest offers music industry access to unsigned artists of all genres, instrumentation and styles, while also raising money to ensure music is in schools across the U.S.

“We’re thrilled with the interest we’re receiving for the 2014 Bands4Good Challenge and know the extended application deadline will help all musicians have ample time to submit their best entries,” said Fred Fletcher Jr., Doing Good Network CEO and president, and Bands4Good co-founder.

“Bands4Good is specifically designed to propel aspiring artists while supporting music education. The expansion into international markets and addition of more nonprofit partners will further drive the already impressive exposure opportunities provided to the contestants.”

Applications are being accepted in two divisions:

  1. The School Division is open to individuals or bands in which all members are between grades six and 12. Contestants must be 13 years of age or older.
  2. The Adult Open Division is for artists ages 18 and older. Entrants must not already be signed by a major record label.

Winners will be recognized in a number of categories for each division, including Fan Favorite, Charity Champion, Judges’ Pick and Best in Genre. Further information, complete rules and the application form are available at bands4good.com.

The 2014 Bands4Good Challenge is focusing all of its philanthropic efforts on music education through select nonprofit partnerships. Donation votes will help raise money for organizations making a difference in this field, including: 

Arts for Life, which connects the art and healthcare communities of North Carolina with programs that teach visual arts, music and creative writing to patients.

Little Kids Rock, which has given more than 300,000 under-served schoolchildren across the U.S. access to engaging modern band music classes and brand new instruments at no cost over the past 12 years.

Kid Pan Alley, which aims to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education.

Contestant applications will be accepted through Oct. 30. The 2014 Bands4Good Challenge preliminary round voting will officially start Nov. 4, and the final winners will be announced during a live digital streaming performance show Jan. 14.

To apply, learn more or gear up to vote, visit bands4good.com.

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