Drug Aware Scholarpalooza! 2018

Scholarpalooza! 2018 is proudly sponsored by Healthway to promote the Drug Aware message.

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Scholarpalooza! is an old fashioned battle of the bands competition organised by Rock Scholars, sponsored by Drug Aware, WAM and RTRFM, and open to any West Australian bands and musicians aged 18 and under including solo and acoustic acts.

At Rock Scholars we just know there are lots of amazing and talented young musicians out there who don't get many opportunities to play in front of people. It's hard to get a gig when you're under 18 right?  Drug Aware Scholarpalooza! is a band competition, but it's also a good excuse to put on some shows and give under age bands a chance to play in front of some people. Playing in Scholarpalooza! is fun.

The competition is simple - all applicants will be considered, 20 bands will be shortlisted and invited to compete over 4 heats of 5 bands each.  The winner of each heat, and one possible wildcard, will go head to head in the Grand Final.

Bands are judged on a number of criteria including musicianship, stagecraft, songwriting, originality and WOW factor. Winners of each heat will be determined by a panel of three independent judges selected from the Perth music scene, and there are big prizes to be won for the overall winner.

At Rock Scholars we are passionate supporters of live music and young musicians - Drug Aware Scholarpalooza! will give bands an artists to opportunity to show off their talent and win new fans.

All heats will take place at The Garage, giving entrants the opportunity to play on a big stage with professional sound and lighting in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. These events are All Ages, smoke-free and alcohol-free gigs and bands and artists are encouraged to invite as many friends and family to watch them as they can.

First Prize - a day of recording, plus a final mix and master of to a value of $1000, courtesy of Jelly Sound; a professional photo shoot; free WAM membership for a year, and free entry to WAMFest 2018; and a radio interview and airplay on RTRFM.

Dates (TBC)

Heat #1 - Friday 12 January
Heat #2 - Friday 19 January
Heat #3 - Tuesday 23 January
Heat #4 - Thursday 25 January
GRAND FINAL - Saturday 3rd February

Inspired yet? Check out some of 2017's Scholarpalooza! entries here.

Applications are open NOW and close January 10th so don't delay.

Read the full Terms and Conditions HERE and then complete the application form below. If you have pictures, video or sound files you want to submit with your application please email them to info@rockscholars.com.au and make sure you mention your band name.

Contact Name *
Contact Name
If you're a band, what's the average age of your members?
How would you describe your music?
Give us names, ages and instrument(s) played
Where did you meet, where have you played, what cool stuff have you done?
Can we check you out on facebook, instagram, do you have a website?
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Or tell us what you will do with the prize
I have read and agree to the terms and conditions *
We need to know that you need to know what you're getting into

Our sponsors

Drug Aware was established in 1996 as part of a state framework of educational strategies designed to address illicit drug use among young people in Western Australia. It is the first comprehensive ongoing program on illicit drug education undertaken in Australia. To contact the Drug Aware team directly, email us at drugaware@live.com.au

Drug Aware was established in 1996 as part of a state framework of educational strategies designed to address illicit drug use among young people in Western Australia. It is the first comprehensive ongoing program on illicit drug education undertaken in Australia. To contact the Drug Aware team directly, email us at drugaware@live.com.au

RTRFM, the sound alternative, is Perth's leading community radio station and a passionate and active supporter of local live music.  Rock Scholars is delighted to have the support of RTRFM for the Drug Aware Scholarpalooza! 2018 Battle of the Bands competition.

RTRFM, the sound alternative, is Perth's leading community radio station and a passionate and active supporter of local live music.  Rock Scholars is delighted to have the support of RTRFM for the Drug Aware Scholarpalooza! 2018 Battle of the Bands competition.