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Enter the 2015 Battle of the Boroughs!

Submissions closed at midnight Dec. 31

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Battle of the Boroughs 2015 (The Greene Space)

Be Heard!
Want to be 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 WNYC and WQXR’s 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 chamber ensembles. 

Win Prizes!
The winner of our final showdown, the Ultimate Battle, takes home prizes worth an estimated $10,000, including:

  • A showcase appearance at the world famous Apollo Theater's Amateur Night
  • a four-hour multi-track recording session at our studio
  • professionally produced music videos
  • a photo shoot
  • the opportunity to present a full concert in The Greene Space that will be video webcast live

Several performers will also be hand-picked by our judges to win priceless prizes like:

  • having award-winning, multi-platinum record producer Bob Power master one of your tracks
  • a private vocal lesson with singer Alicia Olatuja (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir soloist who performed at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration) and vocalist/performance artist Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach)
  • an in-studio songwriting session with songwriter/producer/musician Eren Cannata

Battle for your Borough!
Here's how it works: We'll announce the 2015 contestants on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Then, five Battle concerts (one for each borough) will take place weekly beginning in February as follows:

  • Feb. 6 - Manhattan
  • Feb. 13 - The Bronx
  • Feb. 20 - Queens
  • Feb. 27 - Staten Island 
  • March 6 - Brooklyn
  • March 27 - The five borough winners go head-to-head at the Ultimate Battle 

Submissions are now closed.

Good luck!



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Comments [5]

Mehary from Queens


We did it.

Happy New Year.

Jan. 01 2015 10:38 AM
alvin rogers

just entered the Harlem Freedom band in the contest.
cant wait to see what happens!

Dec. 31 2014 06:48 PM
James from Staten Island

Hey guys just made my submission for my band Legends! Hope you'll check us out if you see this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut45xX-Oy3U

Dec. 30 2014 05:38 PM
Norbert Stachel from Manhattan (Harlem)

Hi, I just entered our band into the contest. We are a Jazz group. I'm just wondering if I'm wasting our time or not based on if your contest will include Jazz as one of the musical genres accepted.

Dec. 28 2014 11:51 PM
Joe from Westchester

I'm in a Westchester band! How about a little love for the burbs?
Great idea and station - love WNYC but would like to have Westchester able to take part.
Rock on! ;^)

Nov. 21 2014 12:51 PM

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