Apply for Battle of the Brands - Blue Bear School of Music

GET READY TO ROCK! Here’s everything you need to know to be a Blue Bear Battle of the Brands Band


1. First, fill out a band application HERE

2. Save the date. Battle of the Brands, Round 3! Thursday, October 24, 2019, doors at 6pm
The Chapel, 777 Valencia, San Francisco. Tickets & Info:

3. Await the line-up. Open submission begins 6/1. Bands chosen will be notified by 8/25. Begin  crafting your AWESOME 5-song set.

4. Feel good about yourself, because you’re helping Blue Bear Rock!  Battle of the Brands is a super fun night of rock, but even more importantly, it’s one of the Blue Bear’s biggest fundraising events of the year!  The money we raise supports out outreach programs and fills our scholarship coffers. Your participation in Battle of the Brands brings more music into our community, and more joy into the world.

5. Start getting those votes / sponsorships / ticket sales! Fundraising is the name of the game, and we’ll help you figure out your strategy. Each band commits to raising at least $5000 for Blue Bear, and that can be done in many ways.

  • Corporate sponsorship. Ask your company to donate. (Sponsor form coming soon!)
  • Donations from friends. Your pals can buy “votes”, and help you win!
  • Ticket sales. Invite everyone you know!
  • Merch sales. We’ll help you design a band tee shirt, all your friends will want one!

Ticket sales open 6/25, Voting opens 8/25.

6. Live your rockstar dreams! Your band will play one of the coolest stages in SF. Your adoring fans, decked out in your band concert shirt, will go crazy as you rock your set! Band line-up will be determined by pre-event fundraising (most raised as of 10/15 gets first choice slot, etc.)

7. Cross your fingers, and try to unseat last year’s champs! Winners will be determined by a combination of: event judging panel, online and event night votes, and funds raised. Along with throngs of adoring fans, winners earn the coveted Blue Bear guitar trophy.


  • Band will represent a company, aka brand.
  • At least one member of the band must work for the company represented; if your company hires U2, they have to let you sit in
  • Only 7 bands will be chosen
  • All band entries are subject to approval by the Blue Bear panel and event committee
  • Each band must commit to a minimum of $5,000 in fundraising (through sponsorship, corporate match, ticket sales, etc.)

Please email [email protected] for more information.

A student plays electric guitar with intensity under the glowing stage lights.
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