Last day to apply for BMS Battle of the Bands is today!

Don't miss out on over $5,000 in prizes

, Staff

Today is the last day for bands to apply for the third annual Boston Music Spotlight Battle of the Bands, which will be held on Friday, September 10 at Olivers Nightclub at the Cask’n Flagon. New England-based bands that play original material are eligible to participate in Boston Music Spotlight’s third annual Battle of the Bands, which will award the winner with over $5,000 in prizes.

Bands can submit their application for participating in this year’s Battle by emailing BMS at Bands should included only links to their official website and/or MySpace/Reverb Nation/Sonicbids/etc pages. Submissions with attachments will be discarded. Boston Music Spotlight staff members will review all submissions and choose the top ten semi-finalists. The top ten semi-finalists will be posted on on August 1 and then readers will have the opportunity to vote for the five finalists to perform at the Battle on September 10. Voting for the finalists will end on August 6 and the five finalists will be notified on August 9. Bands that performed at the 2009 Battle of the Bands are not eligible to participate in this year’s Battle.

Beyond the glory of victory, the bands are also in the running to receive some amazing prizes worth over $5,000, including:

Powderfinger Promotions will give a national radio promotion package to the winner of the 2010 BMS Battle of the Bands. The package includes promotion to radio for 6 weeks. Powderfinger Promotions promotes the winner’s newest album via one-on-one contacts and weekly group emails. The winner receives weekly reports indicating where and how much airplay they received for the week. CDs are still the most desired music format for radio, and the winner must use retail copies of their latest album in order to obtain maximum results. Powderfinger also provides address labels, return address labels, and add date labels, but the winner is responsible for packaging and mailing their CDs to radio on a date to be determined with Powderfinger Promotions.

New Leaf Legal will provide legal services for the winner of the Battle of the Bands in the form of a band start-up package, customized for the Band after an in-depth conversation of their needs, and which may include entity formation and consultation, a band agreement, a professional services audit to determine what further steps should be taken to ensure legal and business security for the band, and/or other equitable legal work.

Additional prizes include mastering services from New Alliance East Mastering, a professional photoshoot from J London Photography, CD duplication and packaging from from Disc Makers, graphic design services from Beachwood Graphics, CD duplication and packaging from Coptech Digital and printing services from Printing Sources in Abington, Massachusetts.

Shadwell won the 2009 Boston Music Battle of the Bands, which also included In Like Lions, Polyethylene, Silent Century, and Taste. In 2008, Hello Mahalo won the first Battle over Six Day Slide, The Candace Brooks Band, Cemetery Superfly, and Tunnlvision.

For more information about Boston Music Spotlight’s 2010 Battle of the Bands, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Fleming at

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