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Spring Jam™ 2017

4.22.17

Event Information

Spring Jam™ is a fun, trendy, and interactive environment that communicates a modern festival identity. The Spring Jam™ experience involves a high level of participation and a diverse lineup of music for the University of Minnesota student population to share together.

Battle Of The Bands

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The Whole Music Club is preparing to find the best student bands on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Are you up to the challenge?

The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is a series of concert battles that will determine the bands that will perform during Spring Jam™ 2017.

The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is 100% free to enter. Once you submit the application, your group will be eligible to compete against other University of Minnesota student bands, move on to the Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Final Round, and get chosen to perform a set on the Spring Jam Music Festival Main Stage on April 22, 2017.

Band Selection

Application Process

Each group/performer that submits an application will be considered to perform at a preliminary concert battle at the Whole Music Club. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by 5pm CST. Qualifying bands will be chosen by Whole Music Club staff on the basis of quality of music and professionalism of application. Groups qualifying for the Preliminary Rounds will be notified by January 22 and must confirm their ability to perform on their preliminary show date as well as during Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Final Round on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, should they advance.

Groups not chosen to compete in the Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands will be considered for future events at the Whole Music Club.

Preliminary Rounds

16 groups will be chosen to perform 30 minute sets at one of four preliminary concert battles in the Whole Music Club. A winner is chosen from each of these preliminary shows to advance to the Spring Jam™ Final Round. Winners of preliminary rounds will be determined by popular vote at the concert.

Preliminary Show Dates

  • Friday, February 3  - 8pm

  • Friday, February 10 – 8pm

  • Friday, February 17 – 8pm

  • Friday, March 3 – 8pm

Spring Jamâ„¢ Final Round

Friday, April 21 - Time TBA

The four winners from the Preliminary Rounds and one extra "Judges' Choice" band will advance to the Spring Jam™ Final Round. One finalist will perform an opening set at  Spring Jam™ , Saturday, April 22. Additional prizes will be determined by the Whole Music Club staff and audience vote.

Prizes

All Preliminary Round winners will be featured on Student Unions & Activities (SUA) Social Media outlets performing one of their songs on an SUA-produced video.  Additional prizes will be determined by the Whole Music Club, RadioK, and audience vote. Prizes will be announced following the Final Round.

This year’s prizes will include:

  • Recording time at RadioK’s Studio K

  • Paid opening set at WAM-O-Rama concert on September 8, 2017

  • Gift certificates to local retailers

Promotion

Groups chosen for Preliminary Round concerts are responsible for doing their own promotion to get people to the event. The more people you bring, the more people that are likely to vote for you. The SUA Facebook page will be running a promotion leading up to each show. Bands are encouraged to share the official SUA Facebook event with their friends.

Schedule

Applications Due

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by 5pm CST

Preliminary Show Dates

  • Friday, February 3 - 8pm

  • Friday, February 10 – 8pm

  • Friday, February 17 – 8pm

  • Friday, March 3 – 8pm

Spring Jamâ„¢ Final Round

Friday, April 21 – time TBA

Rules and Voting

  • Each group/performer must contain at least one currently-enrolled University of Minnesota-Twin Cities student performer.

  • Solo artists as well as full bands are allowed.

  • Groups selected to compete must perform live. No tracking or lip syncing will be allowed.

  • Original songs are encouraged. All genres are welcomed.

  • Questions? Email Us. (suawmc@umn.edu)

In spirit of traditional battle of the band events, voting this year for the preliminary rounds will be limited to in-person ballot casting ONLY. Those with more votes at the end of each night of that preliminary round will win.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Spring Jam™ creates an atmosphere of unity through music. It is meant to celebrate University students, its community, the change of seasons,and the end of the school year. Students enjoy live music, good food,and quality entertainment. By bringing students together, we are creating a unique opportunity for your company to gain exposure with a college demographic and expand brand awareness. 

Download our Spring Jam™ Sponsorship Packet

Contact

Contacting us is as simple as sending an email to springjam@umn.edu.

For media inquiries please contact University News Service at unews@umn.edu, (612) 624-5551.