Battle of the Corporate Bands
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has been paying tribute to musicians, artists, producers and other members of the music industry for many years. Famous names such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and many others, have been honored by being inducted into the Hall of Fame; and thousands of visitors explore the museum and its exhibitions each year. But the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, is also interested in new and upcoming talent, giving rise to the successful FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the popular magazine FORTUNE combined their efforts to create a competition for amateur musicians in the corporate world. It is done as a fundraiser for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as band members and the company they work for pay a predetermined entrance fee. Companies that sponsor their employees to participate, and sponsors for the competition, receive advertising in return, as updates on the competition are released in the FORTUNE Magazine.
Even though the FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands only takes place at the end of each year, the process for finding bands to compete in the final rounds starts at the beginning of the year. All bands that are interested in competing are requested to send in a CD with at least three songs, which is then played to a panel of judges. Three US regionals are then hosted, with the eighteen bands selected. Two bands are chosen by the judges, from each regional, to compete in the overall final. Added to these six bands, one band is selected from the European regional and a wildcard band is selected as the eighth band going through to the finals. In October, the big day will arrive, with eight nervous and exited bands waiting for their thirty minutes of fame to play for the public. And in the evening, they get down to business trying their best to impress the judges in the fifteen minutes given. Along with prizes, the winning band will be known as The Best Corporate Band in America, until next year, when a new band will get the honor and make an impact on the FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands.