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Musical acts sought for 2020 Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands 2020 will be an online event.

Reinventing itself as a virtual event, submissions are now open for the 2020 Battle of the Bands, which will stream online on Sept. 17.

The call to musical acts for Battle of the Bands is out now, with a submission deadline of Aug. 7.

Selected bands will compete in a virtual concert via social media that will be recorded in the Historic Yuma Theatre. Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Yuma Art Center staff will be flexible with each band’s needs.


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. Only original compositions are allowed in the competition this year; no cover songs will be permitted.

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 Aug. 7. 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.
  • Tax information, as specified in the application.


From those videos, qualifying bands will be selected to compete in the battle. Band rehearsals and recordings in the Historic Yuma Theatre by appointment between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1.

The concert event will then stream on Sept. 17. Those who view it will then vote Sept. 17-18 on the Yuma Art Center Facebook page, with the winner announced via a virtual platform 8 p.m. Sept. 18.

The band with the most votes will take home the $1,000 first place cash prize.

“We are really excited to have bands back on stage, but our primary goal is the health and safety of everyone involved,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “We still plan on showcasing our community’s outstanding local music scene and provide bands with a great experience on stage and give them a complete marketing package and reel to use after the competition. The big change this year is that each band will be recorded separately; then we’ll edit each set together for a virtual concert. While the event will definitely be different than past battles, we’re excited to get creative with each band and give them a great experience.”

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