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What is The Big Break?

The Big Break is a growing venture that aims to support independent artists with experience, insight, and most notably high-quality content they can use to grow and promote themselves as full-package musicians at no cost to the artist. In 2012, The Big Break launched as a volunteer-led battle-of-the-bands style competition in Colorado, and in 2021 the contest was brought back to life in Pennsylvania where it’s currently based. The competition requires original acts to create their own homemade music videos which the public will view and vote for to determine which bands get the chance to play live in front of a panel of judges. The winners receive professionally-captured and produced audio, video, and photography content including live performance content, a full audio track recorded at Encore Studios, and a fully-produced music video. They’re also welcomed back to The Big Break stage to headline the following season’s finale show. The Big Break is now in its fourth season of competition, and has began expanding to offer hosted interviews and live session performance videos as seen in the new side-series “In The BREAK ROOM.”

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Season 4 Sign Ups open

How does the contest work? 

Contestants are welcome to join The Big Break during our Open Sign Ups each season! Once sign ups have ended, each band has 3 months to create a homemade music video (without paid help) for an original song. Check out the rules and regulations page for specific video submission need to knows.

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May 1st - Jul 30th, 2022

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After all received submissions are verified, every music video is made public for our month-long voting round! Fans can vote once per day for whichever music video or contestant they prefer. The 9 contestants with the highest number of votes will move on to the next round.

Aug 1st, 2022

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The top 9 acts compete live, back-to-back in front of a panel of judges. Each contestant performs a 30-minute set of original music, and our judges offer helpful feedback as well as select 3 finalists using a scored set of judging criteria.

Sept 24th, 2022  See Schedule>>

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The final showdown! The 3 finalists compete with each other on stage playing 45 minutes of original music, again in front of a panel of judges. Our professional photographers and videographers will capture high-quality material at this event for our competing finalists to use. We announce the winner for the season and winners of any prizes. The show ends with winners of Season 2, Old Kentucky Shark, headlining the finale.

Oct 8th, 2022  See Schedule>>

What do the winners get?

1st Place:
  • A Record Deal from Route 6 Records

  • A product named after them from MadTwistedHatter’s Infused Emporium

  • A professionally produced music video from Eyal Filkovsky

  • An audio track recorded and produced at award-winning Encore Studios

  • A live multi-camera  recording of their full performance at the finale show, including multi-channel audio recording (mixed and mastered) 

  •  A professional photo shoot from a live Big Break event

  • 1 Year VIP Subscription to merchbooth.com
     

Runner Ups:
  • A live multi-camera  recording of their full performance at the finale show, including multi-channel audio recording (mixed and mastered) 

  • A professional photo shoot from a live Big Break event

 All depending on participation