MMAD Battle of the Bands

Rules and Regulations

Description: Music Makes a Difference, Inc. (MMAD) is hosting a local Battle of the Bands competition to support local musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Musicians/bands nominated into the competition will compete against each other by submitting new videos and fans will then vote for their favorite artist/band ($1 donation = 1 vote). All donations will be distributed to artist/band that receives the vote.

Band Registration: Musicians/Bands wanting to participate in the Battle of Bands will self-register at All genres/spoken word/dj’s are eligible to register.

Contestant Selection: The musicians/bands selected to compete will be based on fan nominations (from the list of bands who registered for the competition). Nomination voting is free in this initial round of contestant selection. A fan can vote for up to five bands to be in the contest but can only cast one vote per band. The 16 local artists/bands receiving the most votes will be in the Battle.

Nomination votes can be cast at

Battle Format:  The top 16 artists/bands nominated by fans will be seeded into four divisions based on the number of nominations received.

Each week (beginning Thursday, June 4th at 7 p.m.) a division battle will be hosted (Virtually) whereby the bands in the division will be asked to submit 2 music videos. One video must be an original composition written by an artist or artists in the band and one video a cover song selected from a group of announced music legends (see list at end of these rules). Music videos for each division will be due to MMAD per the Timeline posted as part of these Rules and Guidelines. The participating contestant videos will then be played during a hosted live broadcast on (date and time to be widely announced). During the broadcast, and for a period of 4 days, fans can vote for their favorite performance via a “Donate” button on where $1 donation = 1 vote. Fans can donate/vote as much and as often as they want. Votes will be updated constantly and posted on The band with the highest number of votes at the close of voting wins the division competition.

Votes will be updated constantly and posted on

Final 4 Finale! : After the four weekly division rounds are completed and winners have been determined, MMAD will host a Final 4 Finale! Each band in the finale will provide two videos, which could be the same as what was provided in the semi-finals, but we highly encourage you to submit a different original (again, can be off the shelf) and a cover of an artist of your choice. The Final 4 Finale videos will be broadcast in a final live, hosted broadcast on on Thursday, July 9th at 7 p.m. Voting will again be by donation where $1 donation = 1 vote. Voting will go through Monday, July 13th at 7 p.m. however, vote tallies will only be shown until noon that Monday.  This will allow us to build anticipation for our Award Show wich will be hosted on Thursday, July 16th at 7 p.m.  The award show will announce the finale winner as well as additional awards.

Important note: you do NOT have to be available on the night of your division’s contest or on the night of the Final Four contest. Your video links will be aired via Broadjam.

Final 4 Finale! Prize Money: In addition to the allocated share of band vote donations, the Final 4 Finalists will be awarded the following prizes:

  • $3,000 1st Prize
  • $1,000 2nd Prize
  • $700 3rd Prize
  • $300 4th Prize


  • Public announcement of Music Makes a Difference – Battle of the Bands May 8
  • Artists/Bands self-register to participate in the Battle of the Bands no later than Saturday, May 16th at noon (12 p.m. CST)
  • Fan nominations of registered bands to be selected into the Sweet 16 Battle of the Bands Division Competition: May 18 at noon – May 22 at noon
  • 16-artist/band MMAD-City Battle of Bands bracket announcement: May 23 at noon –  Bands have been announced.  See brackets below!
  • Division 1
    • Music videos submitted to MMAD June 3 by noon
    • Hosted competition on Broadjam June 4 at 7 p.m.
    • Voting on Broadjam ends June 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Division 2
    • Music videos submitted to MMAD June 10 by noon
    • Hosted competition on Broadjam June 11 at 7 p.m.
    • Voting on Broadjam ends June 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Division 3
    • Music videos submitted to MMAD June 17 by noon
    • Hosted competition on Broadjam June 18 at 7 p.m.
    • Voting on Broadjam ends June 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Division 4
    • Music videos submitted to MMAD June 24 by noon
    • Hosted competition on Broadjam June 25 at 7 p.m.
    • Voting on Broadjam ends June 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Final 4 Finale!
    • Final 4 artists submit 2 new videos to MMAD July 8 by noon
    • Final 4 Finale July 9 at 7 p.m.
    • Final 4 voting ends at 8 p.m.
    • Battle of the Bands Winner Announcement!!

Music Legends for Cover Song Selections:

Johnny Cash

BB King

Ella Fitzgerald

Dolly Parton

Michael Jackson


Ray Charles

Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder

Alicia Keys

Snoop Dogg

MC Lyte

Bruno Mars

Bob Dylan

Billie Holiday

Joan Baez


Rolling Stones

Muddy Waters

Nora Jones


Disclaimer: MMAD will do its best to run a fair and fun Battle of the Bands. Please keep in mind that MMAD’s purpose in hosting the event is to provide support and exposure for local bands during the pandemic. We have put the event together on a short timeline in order to get financial support to the artists when they need it, which is right now. The competition may have some hiccups/flaws. We welcome your constructive comments on how we can improve the event in the future. Hopefully this can be a live competition in 2021. We’re excited about the opportunity to host this event and hopefully make a difference in our community!

We want to thank our sponsors for helping to make the Battle of the Bands happen!.