MADISON, Wis. — Dennis Graham Associates, in association with the not for profit MAMA (Madison Area Music Association), is kicking off the 15 year producing a statewide youth garageband competition, showcasing only Wisconsin seventh- through 12th-grade bands of all musical genres.

“Rockonsin,” sponsored by the Nicholas Family Foundation, will invite 12 statewide Wisconsin high school/middle school garagebands to perform and compete at Summerfest. The performances and competition will be conducted on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage over two days — dates and times to be announced. The winner and runner-up will each receive studio recording time at Madison’s Blast House Studios.

The band application period is open and will close April 30; bands can sign up at

Rockonsin features:

■ No registration fee; never any associated costs to participate.

■ Musicians applying do not have to be enrolled in a traditional school music program, and the band must be comprised of two or more musicians, one member of the band must be a vocalist.

■ Each band member of the 12 statewide bands selected to perform at Summerfest must submit a school document verifying the Wisconsin school they are attending; more information can be found at

■ Each band will be asked to submit one video (bands should not incur the expense of professionally videotaping their song, using a smart phone or a hand held video camera will do the trick) of the band performing either one cover or original song and submitting a link to that video, in addition to filling out their band application at Bands should video close enough so that one can see the band members actually playing or singing; and include the songwriting credit and lyrics.

■ The one song video application will be reviewed by a panel of music industry professionals and bands will be notified by May 15 if they have been selected to perform at Summerfest.

■ The State Finals set times are 15 minutes for each band, with the winner and runner up receiving a second 45-minute session. And each 12 bands will receive two Shure microphones per band. The winning band will also receive from Shure, a free wireless vocal microphone system.

For more information on Rockonsin, including band application information and more, people may visit