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2015 Talent Competition

boston college arts festival

BC's Best

A Competition for Student Bands and Singer/Songwriters at the Arts Festival

Thursday, April 23, 2015
O'Neill Plaza, 8:00-10:00 PM

A talent competition featuring the winners of preliminary events in two categories: singer/songwriter and Battle of the Bands. Singer/songwriter finalists will compete for a cash prize. Band finalists will compete for a chance to play at Modstock in May. Co-Sponsored by UGBC, the Music Guild, Nights on the Heights.


Battle of the Bands

To Participate:

Submit the online form, complete with a sample recording of the band, by Friday, Feb. 13. 

Competition Details:

  • Selected bands will be notified of their status by Friday, February 20.
  • Preliminary Competition will be held in the Vanderslice Cabaret room on Friday, March 13, 8:00 PM.
  • 3 bands will move on to compete at the Arts Festival on Thursday, April 23, 8:00 PM.
  • Winning band opens at Modstock! 
  • At least 75% of the band must be current BC students.


Singer/Songwriter Competition

To participate:

Email to sign up for the preliminary competition.

Competition Details:

  • Preliminary competition: 26th March in the Old Chocolate Bar, McElroy.   
  • Top four performers of preliminary event to compete at BC’s Best at the Arts Festival on April 23. This year's prize is a three-track EP recorded and mastered by Jon Sage, professional audio engineer and head of Boston College audio services.
  • Each singer/songwriter will have a maximum performance time of seven minutes total to play one or two songs in that time frame.
  • Participants must be current Boston College undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Sound system will be provided. Students may not bring their own amplifiers. Drum kits not allowed. Students may bring hand drums.


General guidlines for both competitions:

  • Students competing in the Battle of the Bands are not eligible to compete in the Singer/Songwriter event.
  • Students must perform original music written by current BC undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Judging panels will consist of members of the Music Guild, UGBC and the Arts Council.
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