Battle of the New Bands
The Battle of the New Bands competition was started in 2009 as a way to give students a glimpse into the industry. During the two month long contest, ten manager applicants are selected, each given the task of forming a new band. Using the musician applicant submissions, student managers are able to network and recruit band members. While musicians are responsible for scheduling practices and writing and recording original songs, the managers must work to promote their band and the battle itself, including the assemblage of a press kit for their band.
Midway through the competition five bands are eliminated, leaving five bands to advance to the final stage. The winning band is selected at the Battle of the New Bands concert through combination of popular vote, judge votes (field professionals, Fredonia faculty, past battle winners), and manager performance. The victorious band and manager receive studio recording time at GCR Audio in Buffalo along with several other prizes.
Past Years Winners
Every spring semester, the Music Industry Club hosts the Life is Art festival. The festival is a benefit for the not-for-profit organization Music is Art, a foundation founded in 2004 by The Goo Goo Doll’s bassist Robby Takac. The foundation promotes and explores the impact of music on the cultural, social and educational aspects of local communities.
The MIC festival, hosted off campus in downtown Fredonia, has raised thousands of dollars for Music is Art since the first Life Is Art festival in 2009. Each festival displays local art to the public, incorporating such forms as live music, poetry, comedy, and dance, to name a few. MIC members have continued to grow the festival in exciting ways as the years go on and it has grown into a staple of the MIC agenda.
If you are a vendor interested in signing-up for this event, please see the attached form: