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Ridgefield Playhouse Bandjam; Rock the House 2023 – submit your song!!

January 18 - February 10

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Calling All Musicians – Get Your Submission In For BandJam: Rock The House!

 The Ridgefield Playhouse wants to help you become the next big thing. Through February 10th, if you are a serious musician ages 16 – 999, you can submit your songs (at least one original) on The Ridgefield Playhouse submission portal, located on the homepage of the Ridgefield Playhouse website. If chosen, you will be part of Bandjam: Rock the House 2023, a live music competition that takes place in April and includes winning prizes such as recording studio time, a grammy-winning producer consultation, a professionally produced EPK, an opening slot for a band at the Playhouseand more. Now is your chance to enter this premier competition that will get your music in front of the industry professionals that you want to see and hear you or your band; this can be the big break you have been looking for.  This year’s competition is sponsored by Franzoso Contracting and Webster Bank; all proceeds from the event support the Arts for Everyone program, which helps make the performing arts available to economically disadvantaged residents of Fairfield County and surrounding communities.

Now in its 12th year, The Ridgefield Playhouse Band Jam has had past performers who have gone on to perform on The Voice, toured with the likes of Trombone Shorty and more.  “This year we are opening up BandJam to Adults,” says Ridgefield Playhouse Managing Director Jared Shahid.  “We recognize how much untapped talent is out there and wanted to offer this amazing opportunity to the many talented adults that write and perform as well.”  In addition to expanding the age range, this year’s event includes several other new and exciting changes, which will give artists the strongest platform possible, plenty of exposure, exciting prizes, and enough content to fill a press kit. This live competition will take place on April 22, 2023 and will give musicians the opportunity to perform on the stage of The Ridgefield Playhouse in front of a live audience and a handpicked panel of judges including: Steve Addabbo (Record producer, songwriter and audio engineer who helped launch the careers of Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin), John Bongiorno (Partner/Agent at Arrival Artists), Nick Mara (of Webster Bank), Mark Franzoso (President Franzoso Contracting), Ethan Isaac (Owner Operator at Factory Underground Studios), Stefani Scamardo (Sirius XM Host, Founder and President of Evil Teen Records and Hard Head Productions and Management), Danny Goldberg (President and owner of Gold Village Entertainment, an artist management company; former CEO and founder of Gold Mountain Entertainment; former chairman and CEO of both Mercury Records), Jared Shahid (Managing Director of Talent and Marketing, The Ridgefield Playhouse) and Doug Wimbish (the cutting edge lead bassist in the Grammy Award-winning hard rock band Living Colour).

It all starts with the submission process, so get your submission together and be ready to take your music career to the next level. Submissions will be accepted through February 10, 202.

In addition to being a fundraiser, BandJam: Rock The House! is a great way for aspiring musicians to gain exposure and valuable music business guidance. This year’s grand prize winners will receive: an EPK produced by Factory Underground, a half-day recording session at Shelter Island Sound Studios in New York City, a spot on Northlands Festival Community Stage in 2023, the opportunity to open a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse (subject to headlining artist approval), two tickets to an RPH show of your choice for each musician (subject to availability), and supportive PR and Marketing from the Playhouse platforms. The runner up will receive a consultation with a renowned music producer and a ticket to an RPH show of your choice for each musician. Get your submission ready and prepare to ascend to stardom!


January 18
February 10


Ridgefield Playhouse


The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT United States
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