VH1 and DoSomething.org Battle of the Bands

DoSomething.org and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation have teamed up with Nick Jonas to promote the Battle of the Bands campaign.

Students can create and submit videos of their “garage band, glee club, freestyle, orchestra or any other musical performance,” along with a testimonial about why music education matters to them. Judges will choose the winner based on “creativity, strength of argument, number of votes, use of social media and overall participation.”

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 for his or her school music program and a trip to New York to perform at the Apollo Theater for music executives and a live audience. Five winners will earn $1,000 for their schools and other prizes.

“Music inspires creativity and keeps kids in school,” said Jonas at the event launch. “But there are thousands of students who do not have access to the benefits of music education. Don’t let our music be silenced.”

In addition, VH1 Save the Music Foundation and DoSomething.org will present the most compelling testimonies and performances to members of Congress. For contest rules, visit www.dosomething.org/bands.

About the author

Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.