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Battle of the Bands


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What is Battle of the Bands?

FReeZA Push Start is an annual Battle of the Bands competition managed by The Push, showcasing young musicians aged 15-21 from around Victoria, giving them the opportunity to perform, gain local exposure and win their way to a spot on the Push Over festival line up.

The program incorporates 87 youth-music FReeZA committees across Victoria, allowing young bands living in both regional and metropolitan areas to have an opportunity to compete.

FReeZA Push Start Heats are run across Victoria from January to August each year. The winner of each heat goes on to compete in one of the nine FReeZA Push Start Regional Finals, which run from October to December. The winners go on to compete at the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final at The Push’s annual all ages music festival Push Over held on the Sunday of the Labour Day Long Weekend in March.

FReeZA Push Start Grand Final Winners receive a major prize including things like recording, mastering and publicity.

Prizes packs are also awarded to all FReeZA Push Start Grand Finalists.

One band is also awarded the APRA Songwriter's Award.

The FReeZA Support Service is a Victorian Government funded program that provides expert industry advice, support and training to local governments, community organisations and young people participating in the FReeZA program.

Who can enter Battle of the Bands?

1) All members must live, work or study in Victoria.

2) At least half of the band members must be 21 years of age or under, with no members exceeding 25 years of age at the time of the first heat event.

3) The band must have not won a FReeZA Push Start Heat event and competed at a FReeZA Push Start Regional Final event in any previous year.

4) The band or its members must not have a recording, publishing or distribution deal.

5) At the discretion of the FReeZA worker, the band must live, work, study or recreate in the City or Shire where their heat is held.

Please contact the Youth Team at Moira Shire Council on 5871 9222.

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