Turn It Up is a band competition program designed to showcase and develop emerging musical talent ages 18 to 25 in San Diego County. The program offers free classes and resources for participants to help enhance their business acumen and artistry, opportunities for live performances and great prizes. Participation is free to eligible bands and online applications are being accepted through May 15.
The competition is open to San Diego County bands, ages 18 to 25. No groups signed with a label, recording company or agent may enter. All participants are strongly encouraged to review the Turn It Up program information in detail before applying.
Ensembles must include at least two and no more than 10 members.
Submission requirements include two video recordings with audio and a brief questionnaire about the band. All participants are strongly encouraged to review the Turn It Up submission guidelines in detail before applying.
June 14: Finalists perform live for judges as part of Front Row Fridays: Turn It Up Band Competition event, 7 p.m. at the Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
July 5: First Place winner will perform a 30-minute preshow as part of the TGIF Concerts in the Parks, series at Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino De Los Coches
Prizes for the Turn It Up winner include:
Participation in the GenNext College Music Program at The 2020 NAMM Show
Recording Arts workshops at MiraCosta Community College
Preshow performance at a TGIF Concerts in the Park event for 2,000+ audience members
Cash prizes and more
Workshops, Classes and Resources
The City of Carlsbad’s Library & Cultural Arts Department offers a variety of workshops and resources to local musicians and bands, regardless of participation in the Turn It Up Band Competition program. Bands interested in entering Turn It Up Band Competition are encouraged to participate in these programs, as some topics may be useful for creating your submission materials.