BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE – FAQ

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How old do I need to be to participate?
Each and every band member must be age 13-19 at the time of application.

Where does the program take place?
Bringing Down the House is taking place in eight (8) participating cities and all band members must live within a 150-mile radius of the House of Blues venue in their participating city to be eligible. All industry sessions and the live showcase will take place at your local House of Blues Entertainment venue. Participating cities are: Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL

Is there a cost to participate in the program?
No, the program is free to participate for selected participants.

When is the deadline for submission?
The deadline for submissions is 1/22/17, 11:59pm PST.  APPLY HERE

When will selected participants be notified?
Selected participants will be notified on 2/17/17 and must respond with confirmation to participate within 24 hours of notification or the next qualifying band will be selected.

Which styles of music are considered for this program?
Alternative, Americana, Blues, Country, Folk, Funk, Hip-Hop, Indie, Jam, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Punk, R&B, Soul, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Singer/Songwriter, Ska or other contemporary genres.

Can I submit a cover song?
Yes, your submission may be a cover song. However, if selected you will be required to perform one original song during the live showcase component.

What is the format of the Industry Sessions?
The series of five (5) industry sessions take place on Saturdays over a 5-week period. Participants will gather at House of Blues “classrooms” and will have the opportunity to interact with music industry professionals and participate in a Q&A session during panels.

What kinds of resources will be available?
Participants will interact directly with local industry professional volunteers and take part in professional discussions. Participants will complete related hands-on activities to apply practical skills and will also have access to online industry resources designed to strengthen the learning presented during each session..

What is the Live Showcase?
The live music showcase is the culminating event for Bringing Down the House. The showcase provides the opportunity for all program participants to display their talents live on a legendary House of Blues Entertainment stage in their city. The live showcase will be free for all friends, family and fans to attend. Each participant will have approximately 10-15 minutes to showcase. One original song must be performed and all music and accompaniment must be performed live. House backline will be provided, you just need to bring your own instruments. Industry panelists will be present to provide written feedback after each performance and offer comments to assist artist development.

What is the overall time commitment of the program?
All band members must be able to attend five (5) industry sessions on the Saturdays listed in the timeline. Each industry session last approximately 3.5 hours and includes time to participate in the session, network with fellow program participants and enjoy provided lunch.

Participants must be able to perform at the live showcase on the date for their city. The time commitment of the showcase is approximately 4pm-10pm local time and will include a pre-show meeting, setup, sound check, dinner (provided) and all showcase performances.

What if I can participate in only some, but not all, components of the program?
All band members are required to participate in all components of the program, including all industry sessions and performance in the live showcase.

Are there winners and prizes?
All participants are winners! There are no judges and no prizes awarded, just the opportunity to engage with industry professionals, develop as artists and showcase on a legendary stage!

Still Have Questions? Email us at bdth@hobmusicforward.org