BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE – FAQ

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Why do I need an artist-specific social media handle to submit an application?

Bringing Down the House is an emerging artist pipeline program designed to take serious young musicians to the next level – having a social media handle for your music is essential in today’s market. Throughout Bringing Down the House participants will use strategies learned in industry sessions to build their fan base on social media, and they’ll use social media to promote the showcase. If you don’t have an artist-specific social media page yet, now is a perfect time to create one in time to apply!

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 takes place in four (4) cities and all band members must live within a 150-mile radius of the House of Blues Entertainment 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; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA. If you’re in LA, your local House of Blues Entertainment venue is The Wiltern and you’ll attend industry sessions at the Live Nation office on Hollywood Blvd.

Is there a cost to participate in the program?

Nope! The program is free to participate for everyone.

When is the deadline for submission?

The deadline for submissions is 2/11/2018, 11:59pm PST.

When will selected participants be notified?

Selected participants will be notified on 3/12/2018 and must respond with confirmation to participate within 24 hours of notification or the next qualifying band will be selected.

Which genres 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 in May 2018.

What is the format of the Industry Sessions?

The five (5) industry sessions take place on Saturdays over a 5-week period. The first session will be open to all applicants, and the following four (4) sessions will be exclusive to selected bands/acts. Participants will gather at House of Blues Entertainment “classrooms” and will have the opportunity to meet with music industry professionals and participate in a Q&A session during panels.

What kinds of resources will be available?

Participants will meet with local industry professional volunteers and take part in professional discussions. They’ll also do some hands-on activities to apply practical skills and all participants have access to online resources designed to support the content covered in each industry session.

What is the Live Showcase?

The live showcase is the celebratory event for Bringing Down the House – it provides the opportunity for all program participants to perform live on a legendary House of Blues Entertainment stage in their city. The showcase is free for all friends, family and fans to attend. Each act will have up to 15 minutes to showcase their talents and put what they’ve learned to work. 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 professionals will watch the showcase and give participants feedback on their performance. Other showcase requirements will be discussed during industry sessions.

What is the overall time commitment of the program?

All band members are strongly encouraged to attend the open industry session, Music as a Business, and must be able to attend the four (4) exclusive industry sessions on the Saturdays listed in the timeline. Each industry session lasts about three (3) and a half hours and includes time to participate in the session and network with fellow musicians (refreshments will be provided in each session).

Participants must be able to perform at the live showcase on the date for their city. The time commitment for 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 connect with industry professionals, develop as artists and showcase on a legendary stage!

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