TuneCore is proud to partner with Live Nation, PNC, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as an official sponsor of the 24th Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off! This contest aims to lift up and celebrate young musicians as we usher in a new generation of rock stars.

As a platform dedicated to helping independent artists build their career and sell their music online, it’s an honor to partner with an institution like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and witness younger musicians live out their dreams.

Applications are being accepted until December 9th, 2019, and you can read all about the High School Rock Off, key dates, how to enter, and what you can win below in their official press release!

The Road to the Rock Hall Begins with the Rock Off

CLEVELAND, OH – Live Nation is proud to announce the 24th Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off powered by PNC will once again take place at the one and only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  

The Live Nation-Cleveland office is accepting entry forms now through Monday, December 9, 2019.  The annual battle of the high school bands and solo musicians is presented by Live Nation, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), PNC, Scene Magazine, Fox 8, 96.5 KISS FM, ALT 99.1, 100.7 WMMS, REAL 106.1 and iHeartMedia. All High School Rock Off tickets will include admission to the Rock Hall and access to its newest exhibits: The Garage, the new interactive space where it’s your turn to play guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums, and also opening in November, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock, a massive exhibit of iconic instruments from legendary rock artists.

This year’s participating sponsors include Jim Stewart Recording, House of Blues Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, The Grog Shop, Musica, Mahall’s and TuneCore.

“High School Rock Off is a great showcase for these talented young artists,” says Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “In addition to being an incredibly fun experience, select participants also perform at Hall of Fame events and for some, the Rock Off has been their launchpad to successful music careers.”

High school seniors participating in the Rock Off will have the opportunity to apply for three PNC scholarships to study in Tri-C Creative Arts programs. PNC Bank will help students launch their careers in music by providing scholarships of up to $2,000 each to eligible students who enroll at Tri-C.

“The level of talent displayed in the High School Rock Off has amazed us year after year,” said Pat Pastore, PNC regional president of Cleveland. “We hope these scholarships will encourage students to follow their dreams and build the foundation for their careers which will create a stronger Northeast Ohio economy in the long run.”

“Working with Live Nation and the Rock Hall creates an unparalleled opportunity for Tri-C to help students jumpstart careers in music performance, marketing, promotion and recording technology,” said David Kennedy, Director of Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Technology program.  “We help focus their passion and provide high-tech training, industry connections and transfer opportunities to some of the top music universities in the world. Rock Off alumni work in all facets of the music industry such as recording studios, concert halls and arenas, equipment manufacturing, broadcasting, marketing, promotion, touring and with companies like House of Blues, Live Nation and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Tri-C students have an amazing opportunity to connect with artists and professionals in meaningful and productive ways as a result of these partnerships.”

“TuneCore is proud to be the prize sponsor of the Tri-C High School Rock Off,” says Scott Ackerman CEO of TuneCore. “We are thrilled to support young artists as they start their music careers and are excited to give them the opportunity to get their music heard by listeners on over 150 digital music platforms around the world.”

Continuing their support of these young bands are four of the most influential music clubs in Ohio. All of the participating bands will have access to the bookers and marketing directors at House of Blues Cleveland, The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, The Grog Shop, Mahall’s and Musica! This “incubator relationship” through Live Nation and The Rock Hall will give the bands the opportunity to book showcases or have a CD Release party with Rock Off “Alumni Bands” or current Rock Off bands playing in and around Northeast Ohio. All of these clubs will be providing judges to evaluate Rock Off bands. This will provide the bands tremendous feedback on their performance and possible guidance as they further on their musical journey.

Performance Rounds for 2020 Tri-C High School Rock Off:

Saturdays in February: 1, 8, 15 and 22

Performance rounds subject to change

THE FINAL EXAM: Saturday, February 29

Entry forms and details on the 2020 event are available at www.rockhall.com/rockoff. This website will host all of the most up-to-date information, photos, videos, music… anything Rock Off related. Also check us out on facebook.com/HighSchoolRockOff, twitter.com/HSRockOff and instagram.com/HSRockOff where you’ll be able to post your photos and comments.

For information on Creative Arts programs offered at Tri-C, visit www.tri-c.edu/creativearts. To apply for the scholarships, participants should contact David Kennedy at 216-987-3277 or [email protected]


All genres of high school bands and musicians are encouraged to enter. Interested performers can secure 2020 Rock Off entry forms online at www.rockhall.com/rockoff.

Entry Forms are also available by calling the Live Nation-Cleveland office at 216-622-6558. Applicants must complete and submit the Rock Off application along with a two-song demo of your music via www.soundcloud.com/high-school-rock-off or CD along with a $60 entry fee in a check or money order payable to Live Nation; please do not send cash. All performers must be enrolled in grade 12 or lower at the time of the competition to be eligible and at least half of the band members must be high school students. Entry fees will be refunded in full to performers not selected.

All forms, demos and entry fees must be mailed to Live Nation, 44 North Main Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 or hand delivered to Live Nation, 10 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022. Deadline to enter is Monday, December 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Bands selected will play a 15-minute set during the Rock Off performance rounds at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. During each of the Rock Off rounds, three bands will be selected by a panel of judges to move on to “The Final Exam.” All finalists will record one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, which will be produced by Jim Stewart Recording and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts program. These songs will be available as free downloads on www.rockhall.com/rockoff at the time of The Final Exam.

ReverbNation Offer Details:

Live Nation will once again team up with ReverbNation to waive the entry fee for four (4) ReverbNation artists who are of high school age to perform in the Tri-C High School Rock Off competition. Each selected artist will be placed in one of four rounds to begin the competition. High School artists of all genres and styles are encouraged to submit.

Enter here:  https://www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=36788


The winning band will receive $1,000 cash and $250 for their high school music program. Second place will receive $250 cash and $100 for their high school music program and third place will receive $100 cash. TuneCore is providing the cash awards for 2020. In addition to the prize money, TuneCore is providing these additional prizes:

First Place:

●        Free Distribution of Two Releases (Single or Album – $60 value)

●        Free Publishing Administration ($75 value)

●        Free YouTube Monetization ($10 value)

●        Store Automator for both releases ($20 value)

●        New Music Friday Spotify Playlist Consideration

●        “Music Made Me” T-Shirts

Second Place:

●        Free Distribution of Two Releases (Single or Album – $60 value)

●        Free Store Automator for both releases ($20 value)

●        $1 YouTube Monetization

●        “Music Made Me” T-Shirts

Third Place:

●        Free Distribution of One Release (Single or Album – $29.99 value)

●        Free Store Automator ($10 value)

●        $1 YouTube Monetization

●        “Music Made Me” T-Shirts


Live Nation would like to invite all Northeast Ohio high school aspiring graphic artists to create this year’s design for the official High School Rock Off downloadable CD cover artwork, the official t-shirt and poster sold at the 2020 event. The downloadable artwork will be housed online at www.rockhall.com/rockoff. We will select one CD cover winner, one t-shirt design winner and one poster design winner. Each of these winners selected will receive $100 in cash, provided by TuneCore. Art entries, with completed artwork release forms, must be submitted to the above Live Nation address by Monday, December 9, 2019 at 5pm.

Acceptable file formats for all entries are jpg, tif, pdf, eps or psd and all fonts must be outlined. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame logo or trademark cannot be used in the design. CD cover graphic must be 5”x5” @ 300dpi for downloadable, printable version that can fit into a CD jewel case. T-shirt graphic must be 14”x20” with a maximum of 3 or 4 colors used @ 300dpi. The poster must be 11”x17” full color with a 1/8” edge @ 300dpi.


Rock Off tickets will be available to purchase for $10.00 from the participating Rock Off performers after the band selection process in December. The concerts at the Rock Hall are open to all ages and your ticket to the Rock Off includes admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and its exhibits on performance days. The Rock Hall hours will coincide with the Rock Off performance times!


PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.


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TuneCore is the global platform for independent musicians to build audiences and careers — with technology and services across distribution, publishing administration and a range of promotional services. TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Play and more than 150 download and streaming stores worldwide, while retaining 100 percent of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration, world-wide royalty collections, and placement opportunities in film, TV, commercials, video games and more. The TuneCore Artist Services portal offers a suite of tools and services that enable artists to promote their craft, connect with fans, and get their music heard. TuneCore, part of Believe, is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Austin, and global operations in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, Germany, France and Italy. For additional information, please visit www.tunecore.com.For more information please contact [email protected] or 216-622-6558


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