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Online Submissions: Battle of the Boroughs 2014

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Friday, October 04, 2013

FAME! Want to get heard by tens of thousands of listeners AND play in front of Grammy-winning artists, platinum record producers and executives from top labels? Compete in our citywide search for the best musicians in New York City, the Battle of the Boroughs! All genres are welcome  from solo folk singers and hip hop MCs to rock bands and full chamber orchestras. 

FORTUNE! The artist or ensemble that wins our Ultimate Battle will win a pile of exciting prizes worth an estimated $10,500, including: a showcase appearance at the famous Amateur Night at The Apollo, a four-hour multi-track recording session at NYPR's studio with professional audio engineers and studio techs; a produced video featuring Battle performances and a behind-the-scenes look at your act (check out last year's winners); a broadcast quality audio recording of the Ultimate Battle performance; a professional photo shoot of your performance; the opportunity to present a full concert in The Greene Space that will be video webcast live; and a $2,500 gift certificate to Tekserve!

UPDATE: The deadline to enter has passed. See the list of this year's contestants here.

PLAY! It all starts now: Enter the competition online via the form below or show us what you've got in person by signing up for live auditions happening in all five boroughs. The deadline to enter is December 31st, and we'll announce the bands from each borough selected to compete in the Battles on Monday, January 13th. Five borough concerts will take place on the first Fridays of the month from February to June, with the bands who win each borough competing for the crown at the Ultimate Battle on Friday, June 27th. 



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Comments [21]

Lois from Brooklyn, NY

Where can I see a list of the groups that have been selected - it said they would be announced yesterday. Thanks.

Jan. 14 2014 10:02 AM
Travis little

I don't see the entry form!!!!

Dec. 31 2013 11:49 AM
Greg from Bronx

...oh never mind, the "no participation till 2015" rule applies to bands who made it to Ulitimate Battle, which we did not...but we will! Lookout New York! :)

Dec. 31 2013 11:30 AM
Greg from Bronx

Hello, I'm a wee tad confused in that, my project 'Captains of Industry' (remember the barking dogs?) participated in the Bronx Battle last year. I received an email stating that we would be welcome to return for another shot at it for 2014, but your rules say clearly that participants from 2013 can't reapply till 2015 Battle. Please clarify--which is it? Please respond quickly, time sensitive :) www.gregburrows.net

Dec. 31 2013 11:28 AM
Kiirstin Marilyn from Manhattan

Good Luck all! Hope to see some of you at the Manhattan auditions!

Kiirstin Marilyn

Dec. 30 2013 08:33 PM
Summer People from Brooklyn



Dec. 30 2013 03:58 PM
HYPODIVE from Manhatan

Good luck everyone

Dec. 29 2013 05:22 PM
Curly from Brooklyn

All the best to everyone!

Dec. 22 2013 09:26 PM
J.A.M from Queens, NY

Good Luck to everyone participating. This is a wonderful opportunity for us and I salute everyone who has made this possible. Long live WNYC!


Dec. 22 2013 01:40 PM
Alex from Brooklyn

Good luck everyone!!

Dec. 20 2013 04:23 PM
Rivky from Brooklyn

I just stumbled across this site today -awesome!

Dec. 17 2013 07:15 PM
Annika from Queens

I hope I get to move forward with this. Good luck to everyone!

Dec. 16 2013 06:38 PM
johnny dydo from brooklyn

my music is so original and delicious. nobody writes songs like the johns. my best songs have so many words they can't fit into the five minute limit on the submissions survey. here's the video i would have submitted.

Dec. 12 2013 04:53 PM
Ray Sampson

I can not find the registration form... Please send to us at nymmdrummers@gmail.com

Dec. 10 2013 05:16 PM
Ben from Astoria

What happened to the entry form?

Dec. 09 2013 09:29 PM
ESPINOZA from Brooklyn New York

I Salute The Green Space.. I Lov Da Movement... Salute

Nov. 24 2013 07:04 PM
stvjns from staten island

thanks for the fun showcase work you are doing

Nov. 22 2013 05:09 PM
Mike Parenti from Brooklyn

We played there in 2012 ... awesome experience.

Nov. 14 2013 06:40 PM
Eric Alter from Manhattan, New York

The sloe guns combine great songwriting, memorable hooks and lyrics, creative harmonies, and some of the best musicianship since Duane and Dickie started duelin’. They are a reminder that there’s still commercially-viable down-to-earth American music: think a hard-rockin Neil Young and Crazy Horse with the memorable songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The sloe guns give hope to music lovers everywhere who are tired of the flavor-of-the-years that are cramming the airwaves with pre-pubescent junk. With roots going back to the best of American and British invasion 60s and 70s rock, the sloe guns are proof that high-quality grassroots rock-n-roll is alive and well in America. Country Standard Time calls their songs “miniature epics... with tight harmonies and instrumental interplay.... tall tales with all sorts of Americana allusions... with references throughout, from Crazy Horse to the Wallflowers...” Time Out New York writes: “the quartet’s Southern rock cruises with a classic feel, with an emphasis on the “rock” rather than the “Southern” part. Not unlike the Band and other ‘70s stuff.” Trifecta reports “Dueling guitar ferocity and soaring Americana-flavored rock anthems.”

Nov. 03 2013 08:49 PM

Go Park After Dark!!!!

Oct. 16 2013 08:06 PM
Benny Benack III from NYC - Manhattan

Looking forward to the results, hope myself and my band are there!


Oct. 09 2013 01:01 AM

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