Harman Professional Solutions has announced the JBL Professional Best American Band Contest, giving musical groups from across the United States the chance to have their music heard by industry leaders and win an array of prizes, including a performance slot at this summer’s JBL Fest in Las Vegas.
Starting May 4, bands can submit a video of their original performance that accurately represents their music and performing style.
A panel of notable front of house engineers will select the top five finalists based on stage presence and overall performance. The grand prize winner will be determined by a public vote that will begin in mid-June, with the winner announcement in early July.
“Harman is committed to supporting musicians at every stage of their careers, from landing their first gigs to embarking on landmark world tours,” said Bryan Bradley, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Sales Americas, Harman Professional Solutions. “The JBL Professional Best American Band Contest is all about hearing and seeing what this country’s greatest unknown artists do best—perform. We’re excited to work closely with these artists, exploring new music of all genres and providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in front of music icons.”
To enter the contest, each band must submit a video of an original song performance to bestamericanband.com. An elite panel of music industry professionals, including Brad Divens, Hugh Johnson and Brian Pomp, will choose the top five finalists. Brad Divens is currently the front of house engineer for leading acts such as Linkin Park, Garbage, Jane’s Addiction and Enrique Iglesias. Hugh Johnson is a production manager and front of house engineer for Nashville’s Sound Image production company and has worked with country superstar Vince Gill for more than 20 years. Brian Pomp is the front of house engineer for