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Musical acts sought for 2019 Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands

Building off of last year’s inaugural event, submissions are now open for the 2019 Battle of the Bands, in which qualifying acts will perform live at the Historic Yuma Theatre for a shot at a $5,000 cash prize.

The City of Yuma announces a call to musical acts for a Battle of the Bands, Sept. 22 at the Historic Yuma Theatre, 254 S. Main St. in Yuma. The battle is open to any band and any genre, though selected content should keep in line with the Yuma Art Center’s positive image. Original compositions are encouraged; performing acts will be limited to one cover version per set.

To apply, bands must submit a completed application (the link to which can be found at the Yuma Art Center’s website at and listed materials to by July 19. Some of those required materials include:

  • A five-minute video demonstration of the band performing its best material.
  • A completed application, including signatures from each band member.
  • A photo of the band and/or the band’s logo.
  • A $55 application fee, payable by cash or check to the Yuma Art Center.
  • Tax information, as specified in the application.

From those videos, up to seven bands will be selected to compete in the live performance. Audience members at the event will be able to cast a single vote for their favorite band. Additional voting will take place on the Yuma Art Center’s Facebook page which will be open for both audience members and the general public to vote. The band with the most votes will take home the $5,000 first place prize cash prize and trophy.

“We learned a lot in the inaugural year of this event last season and are excited to bring Battle of the Bands back,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “One of the highlights from the event last year was talking with the bands about why they applied and several noted that it was because they wanted to play in the Historic Yuma Theatre and had never had the opportunity to do so before. It is always a win for the Yuma Art Center and our community when we have new community members accessing our space in this way.”

Another benefit for the winning band is an opportunity for an additional performance, namely during the annual Tribute of the Muses awards ceremony, to be held this year on Oct. 11. “We were also able to provide the bands with a reel of their performance, a photoshoot and promotional materials that hopefully they can use to build them up professionally,” Benacka said.

Ticket sales will be announced once the bands have been selected, likely at the end of July. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 5. Band members should also have their schedules cleared to attend technical rehearsals Sept. 17-20.

“The major goals of the program are to put on an amazing concert for the community and provide our local and regional music scene with a high-quality, professional experience on our stage,” Benacka said.

More information is available through the link on