Nashville Music Production School Launches $15,000 “Battle of the Bands” Recording Contest

Dark Horse Institute, a 17-week school for Music Production and Audio Recording, announces the $15,000 “Battle of the Bands” talent contest. The winning group or band will record at the acclaimed Dark Horse Recording, in the same studio used by artists such as Taylor Swift, Relient K, The Fray, and many more Gold and Platinum selling artists.

Amateur and experienced bands have the opportunity to win a $15,000 recording package at celebrated Dark Horse Recording studios in Franklin, Tennessee. The winning band will receive five days of studio recording time with a professional engineer, and five days of mixing and mastering to create a complete six-song EP album. The prize also includes lodging. Participants can enter at

Dark Horse Recording has been in existence for more than 21 years and is widely known as a studio home to artists including Taylor Swift, The Fray, Hunter Hayes, Matchbox Twenty, and many more. The studio is creating the contest as a promotion for affiliated audio recording school, Dark Horse Institute.

“We all know that the music industry has been turned on its head. So I believe that there are more opportunities than ever before for talented acts to carve out a successful career in the entertainment industry,” says studio owner, Robin Crow.

To enter, contest participants upload a video of a song performance to the Dark Horse Institute website. Submissions are accepted until October 31. Qualified entries will then be posted on the company’s website for public voting until November 30. The top eight videos will then be collected and paired together in an “Elite Eight” style bracket. After three rounds of elimination determined by the most votes for the bands in each bracket, the winner will be announced on December 22.

More information about the contest, including the prize details and contest rules may be found on the website at

About Dark Horse Institute

Dark Horse Institute is an audio engineering school taught by professional audio engineers and crafted as an intensive 14-week curriculum of real-world training in audio aspects of the recording arts, boasting personal attention through small class sizes of a maximum of 13 students per class. Opened in 2011, the school was the creation of founder and music industry veteran, Robin Crow, who observed a consistent need for new audio engineers to be equipped with better skills through more hands-on training.

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