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Battle of the Bands — Official rules

Battle of the Bands submissions are open to all U.S. residents. Each entrant must send a video of an original song uploaded to YouTube to with subject line “BOTB SUBMISSION – (band name).” The body of the email is to contain each band member’s name, what they play and other pertinent information. A contact phone number is to be provided with each submission. Social media links for the group are recommended but not required.

Submissions are due by Feb. 2, 2018.

Finalists will be contacted directly upon selection and announced publicly by Feb. 9, 2018.

All members of accepted bands for the event must be either 18 years of age or older, or accompanied by a parent/guardian on the night of the event (the Union Sports Annex is an 18+ venue).

Marquette University Radio staff members are not eligible for entry as artists. No band/artist that has previously won the MUR Battle of the Bands is eligible for re-entry in subsequent years as the same entrant.

No purchase is necessary for entry.


All decisions of MUR staff with regards to acceptance of submissions and selection of finalists are final. All decisions of the judges’ panel with regards to results of the Battle of the Bands event are final. Each entrant, by virtue of sending in their submission, agrees to accept these decisions as final.

Judges for should not be directly related to a band. MUR reserves the sole discretion to interpret the impartiality of judges. Each entrant, by virtue of partaking in the event, agrees to accept MUR’s interpretation of judicial impartiality as final.


The finalists for the Battle of the Bands event must confirm their acceptance into the lineup. Finalists will be notified by MUR via email. If no confirmation is received from the entrant via the email they entered with after 24 hours, they will be called once on the phone number provided. FAILURE TO RESPOND OR CONFIRM WITH MUR ATTEMPTS AT EMAIL AND PHONE CONTACT WILL BE GROUNDS TO RESCIND ACCEPTANCE AND OFFER IT TO THE NEXT ARTIST. MUR is not responsible for any mechanical telephone error, failure or omission, or email service disruption.


MUR will provide microphones, mic stands, monitors, PA and a university sound tech.

Bands will be responsible for providing their own instruments, amps, and other equipment necessary for performance UNLESS EXPLICITLY AGREED UPON BY BAND AND MUR PRIOR TO THE EVENT.

All technical needs of a band’s performance must be expressly communicated by the band to MUR in advance of the event. All bands are to provide a stage plot for their performance along with their tech details. MUR reserves the right to modify the stage plot as necessary for the event and will notify the band of such modifications.