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The 9th Annual Artvoice Battle of Original Music Starts Soon!


Artvoice’s annual Battle of Original Music (B.O.O.M! for short) is back for a 9th annual installment. We have another $5,000 to give away to one talented local act. The contest begins with the December 4th edition of Artvoice – less than two weeks away!

If you’re in a Buffalo area band, you won’t want to miss this chance to gain some valuable exposure in print and on-line, opportunities to play packed local venues, and for one hard working and talented local act a significant prize package. Band sign-up remains open throughout the duration of the contest, but there’s nothing to be gained by waiting! All music acts are welcome, regardless of your genre or even if you’ve participated in BOOM before – we only have two main requirements: that you’re local, and you play original music. (If you’re not in a band – chances are you know somebody who is – pass this on and help us spread the word!)

Visit the BOOM website ( for information on how the contest works. Be sure to glance through the rules (there is some fine print!) and take a look at the registration help for some tips on how to submit the best possible bio for your band.

Fans of local music will find several year’s worth of contest archives on the website as well – it’s a treasure trove of band bios where you can look and listen to well in excess of 100 talented local friends and neighbors who have participated throughout recent years. Good luck to this year’s bands – and be on the lookout for our first contestants on December 4th!