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Music is Art: Let the Battle Begin!

Music is Art (MiA) is a not for profit organization that works
to promote music of all genres for all ages. Founded by Goo Goo Dolls bassist
Robby Takac in 2004, MiA holds numerous events to educate people and encourage
appreciation of music.  

This March, high school bands are encouraged to apply to
participate in the MiA Battle
of the Bands
. Applications for bands of every genre are accepted, but only
six bands will be selected. For the third year in a row, bands will compete during
the Scotty Bowman Cup
games at HSBC Arena on March 29th. Selected bands play before the
games and in between periods, with the performances shown on HD screens.   

Bands can submit either an mp3 or direct link to one song to up until 5 PM on March 18th. According to the
Battle of the Bands rules, any school in Erie. Niagara, or Chautauqua Counties can compete,
on the condition that at
least 75% of a prospective band attends the high school they represent.  In addition, one teacher must act as a sponsor
for each band, taking responsibility before, after and during the competition.

The winning band will earn a performance slot at the Music is
Art Festival, which will be held on September 11th, 2010. In past
years, winners have also received recording time at Takac’s studio GCR Audio, professional photo shoots and

According to MiA Executive Director Tod Kniazuk, MiA does not use
one specific set of guidelines in picking the top six schools. Every genre of
music is accepted and seriously considered. The 2008 winner, Inlite, is a rock/indie band from
Grand Island High School. And in 2009, the ska/pop punk/rock band Abominable Killer Snowmen, was voted the

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