GROOVE U band contest

Instaband is back! GROOVE U, a music-industry career program, is accepting registrations now for its 4th annual Instaband competition - central Ohio's premier high school battle of the bands.

The winning artist not only receives bragging rights as the best high school band in Columbus, but also wins a recording contract complete with a studio EP, music video, concert booking and graphic design.

Instaband is open to all central Ohio high school bands, duos and solo artists in all genres, including: pop, rock 'n roll, metal, rap, hip-hop, singer/songwriter, country, trance/ electronica, Christian/gospel, etc. Submission deadline for participants is Monday, Dec. 7. Visit the Instaband website at www.instaband.org for official contest rules, submission instructions and other important info.

Each year, GROOVE U students select one or more beneficiaries to receive proceeds from Instaband. For 2016, local music education nonprofit, Music Loves Ohio (MLO), has been named as the sole beneficiary. MLO is dedicated to providing funding and opportunities for underserved youth in central Ohio to pursue their passion for music.

Twenty bands, selected by an independent panel of judges, will compete in one of two semifinals held at GROOVE U this coming February. The East Semifinal is Feb. 5, and the West Semifinal is Feb. 19. The top four bands from each semifinal will advance to the Instaband final on Feb. 26, along with two fan-voted "wild card" bands. Bands and artists will be judged on musicality, performance, style and creativity.