Murphy Arts District (MAD) will host MAD Battle, Saturday, July 16th in the First Financial Music Hall. MAD Battle is a battle of the bands style competition with the overall winner taking home a cash prize of $1,250. Previous winners include the Akeem Kemp Band (2019) and deFrance (2021). “This is our third year to do MAD Battle. We skipped 2020 due to Covid but was able to bring it back in 2021 with social distancing precautions. Last year we saw several new bands enter the competition and double the entries from the first year. We’ve changed the prize money up this time around, so we’re hoping that will encourage even more bands to enter. From the high energy performances to all the backstage band comradery, this is my favorite MAD event,” said Joanna Benson, MAD Marketing Coordinator. Bands can submit their application and registration fee now through May 30th at eldomad.com/madbattle. Bands must fill out a form including band contact information and include a video link to a live performance of one song. The video submission can be an original or cover song. Explicit or distasteful material will not be allowed. All musical instruments must be performed live, no backing tracks allowed. Previous MAD Battle overall winners are not eligible to enter. Registration fees/deadline are as follows: Early Bird ($25) Regular ($35) Day of ($45) April 11 – April 22 April 23 – May 29 May 30 *Registration fees are non-refundable. The MAD Battle committee will review all entries and pick the top 7 bands to compete. The competing bands will be announced June 6th. Selected bands will be asked to perform a 15-minute set with at least one original and one cover song on July 16th. Judges for the event will base their scores on creativity, originality, and overall showmanship. Cash Prizes include: 1st place – $1,250 2nd place – $500 3rd place – $250 Tickets to watch MAD Battle will go on sale June 6th at 10am. Pricing will be $10 per person in advance or $15 day of show. Kids 6 and under are allowed in for free. Doors to the First Financial Music Hall will open at 6pm with the show starting at 7pm. More information can be found at www.eldomad.com/madbattle.com. Sponsor opportunities are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.