Help Your Teens Become Stars with SchoolJam USA
Jennifer Paisley-Schuch | August 05, 2010
Teen bands across the country are invited to step onto the stage to compete in SchoolJam USA. This national, one-of-a-kind, teen battle-of-the-bands competition is accepting applications from middle and high school students aiming to showcase their talent and bolster much-needed support for school music programs.
Teen musicians between the ages of thirteen and nineteen who currently are enrolled in a middle or high school or in a homeschool program in the United States and are in a band that has never been signed to a record label are eligible to compete. Bands may perform any genre of music as long as the music is original or falls under public domain. Entries can be submitted online until October 15, 2010, at SchoolJam USA’s website.
On November 1, 2010, semi-finalist bands will be posted on the SchoolJam USA Web site, where visitors can vote for their favorite band until December 5, 2010. On January 14–15, 2011, the top ten finalists will battle it out at the SchoolJam USA finals at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, California. The top ten bands’ schools each will receive funding to support their respective music programs. The first-place band will receive a trip to perform at the SchoolJam Germany live finals in Frankfurt, Germany, in spring 2011.
SchoolJam USA is based on the SchoolJam program developed and initiated by MusikMedia LLC in Germany. The program was created to promote the use of popular music in the traditional school setting. NAMM brought the initiative to the United States in 2007 as a pilot program called SchoolJam Texas. The program was so successful in Texas that in 2009/2010 NAMM launched the first national SchoolJam USA battle of the bands. View photos from last year’s competition.
Jennifer Paisley-Schuch is Market Development Project Manager for the National Association of Music Merchants.