Click on the poster below to enter!





First Place: $1000 Cash Prize, Week radio play on KCLB, Interview on The Eagle, Free studio
time with 3M studios, Interview and perform on KESQ “Eye on the Desert”, and more!
Second Place: $500, Interviewed on The Eagle
Third Place: $250, Interviewed on the Eagle


1. Beginning on May 13th, please submit your video entry by uploading it to the Dropbox link which is found on The
River’s website Deadline for submission is June 9th, 2024.
2. Bands (“the Participant”) must submit a one song demo video/recording in order to qualify for the contest. A cover
or an original will be accepted. The Participant must have at least one original song in their repertoire which will be
played during the competition night.
3. Lyrics may not include profanity, derogatory remarks, sexually explicit content or violence. Political statements will
not be allowed.
4. Online registration form must be filled out when your demo/video/recording is submitted (MP3 & Video). All forms
can be found on The River website under the Battle of the Bands tab. @
5. A panel of judges will vote on the final 9 the Participants chosen between June 11th- June 30th to determine the
top 9 the Participants to be competing.
6. The top 9 finalists will be announced on July 1st, 2024. We will contact you directly as well as announce in a post
online. @ www. &
7. Only the Participants that have submitted both their online registration form, signed rules/waiver, and their
video/MP3 will qualify for review.

9. All entrants affirm their submissions are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous
artists, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.

1. All Participants must contain a minimum of three (3) members. All members must sign that they have read and
understand the registration form. If you have any questions, please clear them up with The River Event Department
prior to signing the form.
2. All Participant members must be 18 years of age or older. If the Participant member is 16-17 years of age, then a
parental signature is required.
3. Most/all the Participant members must be local to the Coachella and Yucca Valley.
4. The Participants may bring 2 roadies to assist them with set-up and break-down and they must also be listed on
the registration form under “roadie”.
5. Only the Participant members and roadies listed on the registration form will be admitted on stage.
6. All the Participants agree to have their name, voice, and/or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting
material relating to this contest without compensation or rights to royalties for such use.
7. On the day of performance, the Participant members must be dressed in clothing free from obscenities and political
8. The Participant name and lyrics of performance songs should not contain any obscenities.
9. Judges can deduct points for any use of obscenities.
10. The use of any illegal substances will not be tolerated. If any the Participant member is suspected to be under the
influence of an illegal substance, the Participant will be disqualified, and the proper authorities will be notified.
Excessive consumption of alcohol or use of marijuana will cause disqualification.
11. All the Participant members are required to be present at least 2 hours prior to performance time to check in with
the coordinator. If all the Participant members are not present on the side stage and ready for performance 1 hour
prior to stage call time, then the Participant will be disqualified.
12. All participants are required to be courteous and respectful toward other participating musicians, audience
attendees and judges.
13. Performer hereby grants The River rights of usage to all photography, videos, and audio recordings submitted
during or in connection with the event once they fully submit their application and make payment. For any purpose,
including publicity and promotion of the event in its entirety.
14.Each band’s first round performance date will be announced at the Registration.

15. Bands cannot switch performance nights once the competition has started. If you have a scheduling conflict you
must let us know Registration night.
16. In the event that you cannot play on your scheduled date, although you cannot be rescheduled once the
competition has begun, you must notify us as soon as you know. Not showing up and not bothering to call will prevent
another local band from being able to enter. And, it’s just kind of a bad look for you.

● Participants will be informed which equipment will be provided once chosen.
● The Participant members are responsible for the security of their own equipment.
● Each the Participant will be given the opportunity to play 4 songs. One of which must be an original song.
● A sound tech will be provided.
● There will be a strict time limit of 30 minutes for each the Participant on stage. Please plan your songs accordingly.
● Each the Participant will be given 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to break down their own equipment so
please keep this in mind when creating your set.
● While one the Participant is playing, the next the Participant should be waiting near the amphitheater with the event
coordinator but not inside the stage area. No disruptive behavior.
● The Participants may not use pre-recorded sound material. All the Participants must play live.
● All Battle nights are scheduled on Saturdays.
● The first round of the Battle of the Bands will begin on Saturday, October 5th, 2024.
● The competition will be set up tournament bracket style. There will be 3 bands performing each night.
● Only one participating band from each first round Battle will advance to the finals.
● Battle nights may also be held on additional days. Due to concert schedules, weather and number of bands
entering the event organizers reserve the right to adjust the schedule and days as needed.
● The Finals will be held at The River on Saturday, October 26th, 2024. This will include the top 3 bands from
each winning night prior.
● Bands are encouraged to promote via all channels. We will create one Facebook event Page for each Battle
night. We do not want every band making their own FB event and confusing fans. Critical Mass is good, let’s
all work together. . Also, if you bring a ton of people to your show, and your fans are going crazy, this can
only enhance the overall crowd’s perception of your performance.
● Radio Spots will run promoting the event on select local radio stations

● Flyers promoting the entire event will be printed with the entire first round schedule on them. These will be
available to all of the bands.
● The River Marketing & PR team and Battle of the Bands creation team will work to secure previews with
local media outlets each week.
● Online digital ads paid and organic

1. The judging system is designed to keep the contest open to all song choices while keeping the event fair and
competitive. Judges will be instructed to ignore “genre bias”, that is, not to reward a Participant for playing a type/style
of music that the judge personally likes, and, conversely, not to penalize a Participant simply because the music isn’t
agreeable with the judge’s personal taste.
2. Each night there will be up to 3 judges. Judges are pre-selected members of the local music community – in some
cases from the music industry. Examples include: Record Labels, Journalists, Record Store Owners, Booking Agents,
Instrument Manufacturers, club promoters, etc. Judges will rotate weekly. If a judge has a relationship with a band or
band member, they will not be allowed to participate in that evening’s event.
3.The identity of the judges is protected until the Finals are complete. Judges ballots are not available for review.
4. There are five categories on which each the Participant will be judged. Each category is worth 100 points. At the
end of each performance, the total number of points the Participant receives from each judge will be added together
with the other judges to reach the Participant’s final score. In the event of a tie, there will be a tiebreaker in which
each the Participant in the tie will have an opportunity to play one song of their choice. Tie will be decided by the


1.Evidence of performance planning, i.e. choreography, demonstration of the musical/movement or program
dynamics, costumes, makeup, stage props, backdrop, etc…
2. Instruments and equipment made ready prior to performance, start on time, stay within time limits for set-up and
3.Evidence of rehearsal, the Participants know the lyrics, the Participants appeared ready and prepared to play.
1.How unique do the songs sound?
2. Is the Participant appearance original? Does the Participant stand out?
3. Does the Participant demonstrate any level of original improvisational skill?

4.Are the original songs worthy of airplay?
1.How was the Participant’s verbal interaction, did the Participant introduce themselves, did the Participant talk to or
with the audience?
2.How was the Participant’s physical interaction with each other and with the audience? Did the Participant physically
participate with the audience by making eye contact, head nods, acknowledgements, waving, dancing with the
3. How confident was the Participant in their interaction with the audience?
1.How was the Participant’s confidence and competence? Did they look at ease while playing? Were they cohesive
2.How was the Participant stage presence? Did they use the stage effectively, did the Participant appear positive
during their performance, how did the Participant cope with any problems they may have encountered?
3.Was the Participant’s setlist well-constructed and able to manipulate the audience’s mood?
1.Does the Participant’s attitude appear suitable to their genre? For example, were they “Punk” if Punk, “Raucous” if
2.How did the audience respond to the Participant’s performance?
1. The River at Rancho Mirage (the “Event Organizer”) is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected,
incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due
to computer, internet, or electronic problems.
2. Event Organizer is not liable, for the purpose of winner and prize notification and delivery, in the
event the contest winner has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact
3. In consideration of participating in the contest, Participants hereby act for themselves, their
executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assigns as follows:
(A) I WAIVE, RELEASE, AND DISCHARGE from any and all liability, including but not
limited to, liability arising from the negligence or fault of the entities or persons released, for my
death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft, or actions of any kind which
may hereafter occur to me including my traveling to and from the activity, THE FOLLOWING
ENTITIES OR PERSONS: Cheer Land The River, LP and/or their owners, lenders, directors,
officers, employees, volunteers, representatives, and agents, and the activity holders, sponsors,
and volunteers;

persons mentioned in the above Paragraph (A) from any and all liabilities or claims made as a
result of participation in the activity, whether caused by the negligence of release or otherwise.
Participants acknowledge that the entities or persons mentioned in the above Paragraph (A) are not
responsible for the errors, omissions, acts, or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific
activity on their behalf.
Participants’ Representations and Warranties.
The Participants represent and warrant that the Participants are the sole owner of copyright in the song
they submit for the contest and that they have the right and power to submit this song for this contest. The
Participants represent and warrant that the song for the contest does not infringe the intellectual property
rights, privacy, right of publicity or any other rights of any third party, has been solely created by the
Participants and has not been adapted from any other work, nor has the material from any other work
been copied and used in the song for the contest, or if the song for the contest has been adapted from
another work, or uses the material from another work, the Participants has obtained, at no expense to the
Event Organizer, all necessary permission, is not defamatory, obscene, racist, abusive, discriminatory,
harmful to children or otherwise objectionable, contains no statement, information, advice or instruction
which, if acted upon by the user, could cause physical injury, damage or financial loss is not fraudulent or
misleading and compiles with all laws and regulations. These representations and warranties will survive
the end of this contest.

Participant Name Print

Participant Name Signature

Parent or Legal Guardian Certification and Consent
I understand that adult supervision of each child under the age of 18 by their
parent or legal guardian is required at all times. The entities or persons set forth
above shall not be liable for any injury resulting from an absence of adult supervision,
including but not limited to, any child under the age of 18 participating in this logo contest
without a parent or legal guardian.

I hereby certify that I am the parent or legal guardian of the Participant whose name
appears below, and I have the authority to waive rights on behalf of the Participant under
the age of 18. I have read and understand all the provisions of this Waiver and Release
of Liability and the risks of the activities. I understand that the activities could cause
injury or even death. I acknowledge that I have read and understand the terms of this
Waiver and Release of Liability, and I am freely and voluntarily signing this Waiver and
Release of Liability.

Participant’s Name:

Participant’s Parent/Legal Guardian Name: