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Instaband @GROOVE U

 

 
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About

Becoming an instant band is the grand prize in this amazing contest — Instaband!

The best high school bands in Ohio will compete to win a recording contract complete with a studio EP, music video, and concert booking support.

Students enrolled in the revolutionary music career program at GROOVE U are producing this one-of-a-kind contest through two rounds. From the pool of submissions, judges will select 20 of Ohio's top bands to advance to the Semifinals at GROOVE U. Semifinalists will record two original songs in a live studio environment. Audio and video of the semifinal performances will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for industry judge and fan voting. Semifinal and final winners are determined by a combination of 60% experienced music industry judges and 40% audience voting. During the semifinals, fan-vote will be determined by the amount of YouTube video likes received in a 48-hour period.

The top 10 bands from the semifinal rounds will advance to the Finals and perform in front of a live audience at Skully's Music Diner on Friday February 22, 2019. During the finals round, fan-vote will be determined by an in-person fan-vote. 

Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit WCBE 90.5 FM and the GROOVE U Scholarship fund.

READ ME TOO!

  • Instaband is open to all Ohio high school artists, just follow the rules.

  • All types of performers are accepted — solo artists, duos, trios, and of course bands. However, performers have to perform with live instrumentation. I.e., no karaoke. Rap/Hip-Hop and EDM can use prerecorded beats in their live performance, provided the beats are original compositions.

  • All genres are accepted — pop, rock ‘n roll, rap, metal, hip-hop, singer/songwriter, country, trance/electronica, Christian/gospel, etc.

  • Create an .mp3, link to existing content (E.g., Sonicbids, Bandcamp, Soundcloud), or link to a video (E.g., YouTube, Vimeo) for your two song submission. One of your submissions can be a cover but keep in mind only original music will be accepted for the Semifinals and Finals rounds.

  • Register using the online form and submit your material for consideration. Make sure you don’t miss the deadline of Friday January 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM!

  • If you are selected as a semifinalist, you will be notified via email.

  • Before you show-up to perform consider how your gear will “plug-and-play” with the backline.

Tips

  • Your submission is not judged on quality, but the better you can make your recording the more likely it is the judges will “get it”.

  • If your submission includes one cover, keep it interesting by bringing your own unique style to it.

  • Practice, practice, practice! Great performances are so well-rehearsed they are part of the performer’s subconscious. The more you practice, the better your performance will be.

  • Keep in mind that if you are selected, you will only have 10 minutes to perform, so pick your best songs. Also keep in mind that you may only perform original songs if you are selected.

  • Get your friends to come to your live show. Because 40% of the voting depends on the audience, the more fans you bring to the finals the better your chances of winning.

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Schedule

SEMI-FINALS

February 2nd and 9th, 2019
Time: Individually Scheduled with the Artists. 

@ GROOVE U Creative Campus
5030 Bradenton Avenue Dublin, OH 43017 

FINAL COMPETITION

Friday February 22, 2019
Doors 6:30PM • Performances 7PM 

@ Skully's Music Diner
1151 North High St. Columbus, OH 43201    

   

 

 Capacity is limited and is standing room only. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance as this event has sold out in the past. Kitchen and bar service will be available. If you require seating for any reason, please contact sarah@grooveu.net and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Beneficiaries

Thanks to the generous support of music fans here in Ohio, GROOVE U, through the Instaband high school battle of the bands competitions, has donated more than $10,000 to nonprofits that offer music-related youth programs.

About our 2019 Beneficiaries:

 

WCBE 90.5 FM is central Ohio's original NPR station offering the most creative, innovative independent and network programming across the spectrum of journalism, music, fiction, culture, and art. WCBE is committed to partnering with listeners and local organizations to better our community's cultural and educational landscape and improve humanity through our airwaves!

 

 

 

A portion of the proceeds also benefit the GROOVE U Scholarship Fund. 

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GROOVE U music career program awards scholarships to current students for academic excellence and entrepreneurial accomplishments.  Students starting their own business can apply for a scholarship to file their business with the Ohio Secretary of State.


 

Finals Judges 

 
Kaitlyn Schmit   Kaitlyn comes from the small town of Coldwater, OH. After teaching herself how to play guitar, piano, and ukulele, she decided to showcase her talents as the lead singer of a band called Kaitlyn Schmit and The Move. Her band plays a wide variety of music, ranging anywhere from country and pop to 90s R&B. Along with being the lead singer of her band, she also manages it.

Kaitlyn Schmit

Kaitlyn comes from the small town of Coldwater, OH. After teaching herself how to play guitar, piano, and ukulele, she decided to showcase her talents as the lead singer of a band called Kaitlyn Schmit and The Move. Her band plays a wide variety of music, ranging anywhere from country and pop to 90s R&B. Along with being the lead singer of her band, she also manages it.

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Johnny DiLoretto   Johnny DiLoretto is a longtime Columbus media personality who has amused audiences since 1998 when he began writing irreverent movie reviews for  The Other Paper . Shortly after that he made a distinct impression on local TV audiences when he became ABC 6 and FOX 28's nighttime entertainment reporter.  In 2006 Johnny turned viewers on to the many amazing people and places of central Ohio on the morning broadcast, Good Day Columbus, in his distinctly off-the-cuff style. Over the years, Johnny has taken great pride in co-hosting and co-producing  Cinema Classics for  WCBE.

Johnny DiLoretto

Johnny DiLoretto is a longtime Columbus media personality who has amused audiences since 1998 when he began writing irreverent movie reviews for The Other Paper. Shortly after that he made a distinct impression on local TV audiences when he became ABC 6 and FOX 28's nighttime entertainment reporter.

In 2006 Johnny turned viewers on to the many amazing people and places of central Ohio on the morning broadcast, Good Day Columbus, in his distinctly off-the-cuff style. Over the years, Johnny has taken great pride in co-hosting and co-producing Cinema Classics for WCBE.



Zach Whitney is a singer/songwriter and professional entertainer from Delaware, Ohio. He has spent the past 25 years honing his craft and making people smile as both a solo artist, or with his duo, Me & Lil’ Brother

Zach Whitney is a singer/songwriter and professional entertainer from Delaware, Ohio. He has spent the past 25 years honing his craft and making people smile as both a solo artist, or with his duo, Me & Lil’ Brother

Christian Daraban  Christian currently serves as the Marketing Director for Prime Social Group, a concert and festival promotion company headquartered here in Columbus.

Christian Daraban

Christian currently serves as the Marketing Director for Prime Social Group, a concert and festival promotion company headquartered here in Columbus.