SOURCE: Madison Media Institute - College of Media Arts

December 13, 2007 11:48 ET

Madison Media Institute Is State Regional Sponsor for Launchpad Music Competition

WAUNAKEE, WI--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - The statewide, battle of the bands competition for high school students is back again! The Wisconsin Foundation for School Music (WFSM) has kicked off the fourth year of Launchpad -- a first-of-its-kind alternative music competition designed to celebrate the reach of music education.

Launchpad provides another outlet for students to stretch the boundaries of their musical knowledge. "Most of these kids learn the basics of music from a classroom music teacher, or a band director. This program connects the kind of music education being taught inside the school with the music being made outside of school," said Andrea Mauch, WFSM director of development.

Here is how Launchpad works:

--  High school students who are in bands (i.e., rock, country, reggae,
    hip hop, etc.) outside of school are invited to submit an application
    (available through school music teachers and at, plus an audition recording with three songs
    (originals or covers) by February 6. Bands can apply and submit recordings
    online through Broadjam via Note: At least one
    member of each band must be in a school music program and all members must
    be currently enrolled in a Wisconsin high school. In addition, one member
    from each band must identify a music teacher who has made a positive
    difference in their music education.
--  Recordings, which do not need to be professional, are reviewed by a
    committee and narrowed down to a maximum of 15 bands in each of four
    Wisconsin regions. Selected bands then compete in a concert extravaganza
    held at a school in their region. The regional events (April 11 - Madison
    area, hosted by Stoughton High School; April 18 - Eau Claire area, hosted
    by Chippewa Falls High School; April 25 - Green Bay area, hosted by
    Ashwaubenon High School; May 9 - Milwaukee area, hosted by Wauwatosa East
    High School) are open to the public.
--  The top three finalists from each region then compete June 21 in
    Madison for the grand prize: professional recording time donated by Smart
    Studios in Madison, a 2008 Summerfest appearance and the Les Paul Launchpad
    Award. All bands that apply to Launchpad will receive a free $25/six-month
    subscription to the music web site,

WFSM has a strong history of supporting programs and services (i.e., state solo and ensemble music festivals, state honors music project, state marching band championships, etc.) that help youth achieve excellence through music. The organization is headquartered in the Wisconsin Center for Music Education -- first of its kind in the nation. Like the Center, Launchpad is a pioneering initiative to help extend the reach of music education in Wisconsin.

"Launchpad fits our mission of providing leadership and support for school music programs to ensure all students have opportunities which encourage lifelong involvement in music," said Mauch.

Launchpad is funded primarily by corporate sponsorships and in-kind giving from people who believe in the benefits of music education and all that music has to offer. The program is produced by Dennis Graham Associates.

For more information on Launchpad, including participation details, video footage of last year's finals competition, supporting sponsors, late-breaking news, etc., go to and Also be sure to visit for more about WFSM.

The Wisconsin Foundation for School Music (WFSM) supports involvement of youth in music education experiences, primarily through the programs and services of the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA). The Foundation provides a means for individuals and corporations to invest in the lives of young musicians and has a direct impact on their efforts to achieve excellence through music.

Founded in 1969, Madison Media Institute - College of Media Arts is widely regarded as one of the best colleges in the country for design, video, and recording arts.

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