PORTLAND — The Maine Academy of Modern Music and Portland Music Foundation announce the opening of registration for the 2013 MAMM SLAM — Maine’s hottest high school battle of the bands. The platform is for serious young bands to showcase songwriting, performance skills, web presence, marketing, signature appearance and other aspects of being a professional touring and recording band.

Registration runs from through Feb. 14. Prelims will be held March 30 and 31 at the Big Easy and Finals are April 27 at Asylum, featuring a performance by The Fogcutters.

What’s in it for the winners? A cool $1,000 sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Foundation, along with coveted recording time, TV appearances, radio play, plum gigs and professional marketing direction. Bands can register at www.mainetoday.com/ mammslam.

Since 2007, the Maine Academy of Modern Music has been providing music lessons, venues and networks to help musicians navigate the world of rock. Students of all ages and abilities are introduced to innovative and inclusive music programs that promote resiliency, self-expression, creativity and determination. MAMM offers rock camps, music lessons, rock bands, gigs and the annual high school rock off called The MAMM SLAM.

“If you’re a serious young band, this is one of the best ways to gain exposure, and to network with local musicians and music industry professionals,” explained MAMM executive director Jeff Shaw in a news release.

For more information, call 899-3433, email [email protected], find MAMMrocks on Facebook, maineacademyofmodernmusic on MySpace or follow @mammrocks for Twitter updates.

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