SOURCE: Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation

February 27, 2009 14:50 ET

The Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation Hosts Carolina's "Battle of the Bands"

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - February 27, 2009) - Eight of North Carolina's hottest high school bands will duke it out onstage in Charlotte at a special "Battle of the Bands" contest on March 7, 2009. Hosted by the Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation, the competition will take place at the Neighborhood Theatre, located at 511 E 36th Street, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Bands will take the stage at 8 p.m. and the winner of the competition will receive such coveted prizes as 16 hours of professional studio time with an engineer, 200 demos, subscriptions to Sonicbids & Online Gigs, scholarships to Noise! Camp, gift certificates to Sam Ash Music Stores and a video of their performance on "Battle of the Bands." Tickets to the show can be purchased online at for $10.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door.

From huge arena shows at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to intimate ones at cozy venues like the Evening Muse, Charlotte is a burgeoning scene that offers a wide variety of music for fans of all ages. From rock to jazz, rockabilly to soul and jam bands, music is alive and well and thriving in the Charlotte area, making it the perfect spot for a "Battle of the Bands" competition. This year's event will be emceed by local DJ Nate from 106.5 The End, and will be judged by Ansel Brown (Recording Artist), Doug Daniel (President of Daniel Entertainment Group), Shawn Moseley (Manager, Industry Relations/Muzak), John Schacht (Editor in Chief/Shuffle Magazine) and Chris McClure (Agent/Producer, East Coast Entertainment). Sponsors for the event are Muzak, Neighborhood Theatre, 106.5 The End, Sam Ash Music Stores, Online Gigs, Sonicbids and Bojangles.

Competing bands will include: Lost in the Media, Through Porchlight, The Pursuit, Rock of Art, Refugee and Rapture. As an added highlight, a special band compiled of all Muzak employees will close out the night's performances.

"Providing a forum for these young people to express themselves musically is our goal for 'The Battle of the Bands.' We are excited about being a part of their developing careers," stated Bob Cauley, President of the Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation.

Heart and Soul helps students channel their passion for music into real world opportunities by providing educational programs for teens on all aspects of the music business. It was established in 1998 by Muzak, a leading provider of business, music, and other sensory branding services that believes in the power of music education to change and better lives. Formed to support and redefine music education, the foundation grants over $100,000 annually to school music programs around the country. Studies have shown that schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than those without programs -- 90% as compared to 73%, and students with band or orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average.

To learn more about the Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation, visit

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