In the place of the legendary Australian National Band Championships, 2021 will see the event transformed in a bold new format, comprising multiple entries from participating bands across four categories, reviewed by professional adjudicators, and streamed online via YouTube over a multi-day event spanning the Easter weekend (the Australian National Championship’s traditional timing). Awards of merit will be given to each entrant in each section, assigned bronze to platinum, at the adjudicator’s discretion.
In a year where the world is slowly navigating a path to recovery and rebirth in a post Covid world, the arts sector is significantly limited in how it can survive. Given the resilience of the artistic community and its willingness to adapt to technology, fewer and more sparse live experiences, the Australian Online Festival of Bands provides the perfect platform for the banding community to come together to showcase the meaning that music gives to humankind.
Support from donors is indispensable to ensuring the Australian Online Festival of Bands becomes a reality and can have the impact that it needs to in the music community. Whereas in a live event, ticket revenue goes a long way in covering an event’s costs, this online event has many of the same costs as a live event, only it doesn’t have a broad revenue stream. Your support counts.