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For All My Musician Readers - Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands

Is everyone glad it is the weekend? I know I am...not that it really means rest. I have a ton of work to do, including writing some articles for both this site and Noisecreep. Plus, I'd love to tackle organizing my CDs - a huge task.

I know I have a lot of really great, loyal readers who are musicians trying to get a break. Well, maybe a contest would help. There's a very big battle of the bands coming up, sponsored by Ernie Ball. There's a website below where you may upload all your information, so submitting your work looks to be fairly easy. If you win, you get a lot of money and a slot on the Vans Warped Tour. Sure, that's not exactly a Glam package...but imagine the exposure! Read the info below and good luck. If you enter, send me an email so I can track your progress!

Coachella, CA – March 2nd, 2011 – Ernie Ball Inc., the world’s premier string and accessory manufacturer, today announced the launch of its 15th annual Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. In the largest and longest-running unsigned artist competition of its kind, Ernie Ball will give talented, undiscovered artists worldwide a platform to play live on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour and win a 3-song EP with multi-platinum producer Matt Squire, in addition to an incredible prize package which includes a $15,000 Guitar Center shopping spree.

Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands is entering its 15th year of providing a platform for thousands of undiscovered bands to get mainstream exposure. The competition continues to transform Ernie Ball Music Man’s legacy of encouraging growth, quality and opportunity in music by supporting unsung talent.
To enter the competition, bands can sign up at and upload music and create their artist profiles, beginning today. The deadline to submit music is June 1st, at which time a panel of judges will select the bands that show the most promise, focusing on musicianship and song writing, and will offer them an opportunity to perform live on Vans Warped Tour 2011. There are four slots at each stop on the tour. In 2010, 186 bands were chosen to perform on the tour, selected from almost 16,000 entries, and 2011 promises to be even bigger.

Ernie Ball’s panel of expert judges will also review each show on the tour, selecting the top four from across the country to compete in Hollywood at the Vans Warped Tour official after party taking place at the end of 2011. After playing for celebrity judges and a who’s who of music industry legends, America’s best undiscovered band will take home an exclusive prize package and the title of “2011 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Champion”.

The Grand Prize Package Includes:

  • $15,000 Shopping Spree at Guitar Center
  • 3-Song EP with producer Matt Squire
  • 2-Week Slot on Vans Warped Tour 2012
  • One year of paid TuneCore service
  • Custom Atticus Apparel Package & Custom Vans Shoes
  • Select Music Man instruments
  • Ernie Ball Guitar and Bass Strings

For more information on Battle of the Bands, including stories behind recent competitions, visit

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