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Biotech Bands Battle it out in Boston

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On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the third annual Battle of the Biotech Bands, hosted by the Arts & Business Council of Boston, took place at Boston’s Royale Nightclub. Described as a fun, community-driven, networking event, Battle of the Biotech Bands features bands associated with Boston-based biotech companies. The bands compete to raise money for a charitable foundation of their choosing. According to the event's website, Battle of the Biotech Bands is “an amazing opportunity for biotech companies and innovators throughout Boston to rock out and partner with architecture, design, and building professionals.”

 

AURAL GAVAGE (Momenta Pharmaceuticals), who played on behalf of The Jolane Solomon Research Fund at Boston College, took home the gold. MOLECULAR GROOVE (PerkinElmer), who played on behalf of The American Cancer Society, and the ZAC MAC BAND (Ironwood Pharmaceuticals), who played on behalf of The Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County also competed. Merrimack Pharmaceutical's BAD IDEA, the 2014 winner, opened the night.

 

“The Battle of the Biotech Bands is truly a unique event that brings together individuals from across the building and life science spectrum – a networking opportunity that doesn’t feel like you’re networking,” said Carly Bassett, Co-Chair, Battle of the Biotech Bands. “It’s about the music, charitable organizations, and connecting gifted innovators in the biotech industry with the teams of people that help make their organizations possible. Already in our third year, the industry response has grown exponentially. Our hope is to continue this annual tradition for many years to come.”

 

The event was sponsored by a variety of businesses, including Merrill Datasite, a virtual data storage company; Biobridges, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting company; and Choate, a law firm.

 

"Having the opportunity to sponsor the Battle of the Biotech Bands is personally and professionally gratifying," said Jason Falchuk, BioBridges' Managing Partner. "Our life sciences community is made up of brilliant, inspiring people working together to develop breakthrough therapies. Music also unites, inspires, and heals. If I had to choose only one event that captures the pulse of our exceptional community, this is it."

 

Visit the Battle of the Biotech Bands website for more.

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Exec Boards to Fretboards: Austin's Corporate Battle of the Bands

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Exec Boards to Fretboards: Austin's Corporate Battle of the Bands

(Photo Credit: Ben Hines)

 

This past April, Austin’s most unlikely musicians, including doctors and software engineers, took the stage to raise funds for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), a local non-profit organization that provides Austin’s low-income musicians with access to affordable healthcare. The organization has served more than 2,700 of the city’s battalion of hard-working musicians since its inception in 2005, giving them access to regular, cost-effective healthcare services.

 

This year’s Corporate Battle of the Bands, sponsored by H-E-B and Cirrus Logic, featured 8 bands made up of full-time employees who play music on the side. Each band was sponsored by a local business, including H-E-B, Cirrus Logic, HomeAway, Intel, Seton Healthcare and St. David’s Foundation.The event raised $73,500 in support of HAAM.

 

The music of the night spanned every genre—folk rock, pop rock, ’60s rock, alternative and more. A panel of celebrity judges, including Kathy Valentine of the GoGos, rock and roll hall of famer Ian McLagan, and KVUE Anchor Quita Culpepper awarded Best Cover Band and Best Original Band, who each received a $500 gift certificate to Strait Music, and the Grand Prize Winner, who will receive a day of recording time at Austin’s Bismeaux Studio and four three-day passes to Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival.

 

  • Best Cover Band: Atomic Large Band, Intel
  • Best Original Band: Knuckle Sammich, H-E-B
  • Grand Prize Winner: The Slakes, HomeAway

 

The live audience chose the “Fan Favorite” by filling the tip jar of their favorite band of the night. This year, the honor went to Superhet of Cirrus Logic. The band won an indoor gig at Stubb’s BBQ, an Austin live-music hotspot, and $500 to Strait Music. All tip jar proceeds went to benefit HAAM.

 

In addition, a silent auction was held during the performance to raise funds for HAAM, with prizes including a private party at Gibson Guitar’s exclusive entertainment relations showroom, a Robert Plant and Patty Griffin signed concert poster, and a guitar autographed by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

 

“Cirrus Logic proudly supports HAAM and Corporate Battle of the Bands because we love live music and appreciate the gifts that local musicians give us,” commented Jason Rhode, CEO of Cirrus Logic. “Helping musicians get access to health care through HAAM is one way we can give back to these artists. And frankly, Corporate Battle of the Bands is a lot of fun for our employees.”

 

For more information on HAAM’s Corporate Battle of the Bands, visit myhaam.org.

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Connecting the Dots: Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

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Connie Valentine, CEO of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville talks about forging meaningful partnerships between arts and business in Nashville Arts Magazine

 

Read an excerpt from the article where Connie discusses one of ABC Nashville's signature programs, the Music City Corporate Band Challenge:

 

"Take, for example, the council’s Corporate Band Challenge. Valentine’s brainchild, the concept, in a nutshell, is to offer corporations, nonprofits—even government entities—the opportunity to create a band within their own ranks and compete against each other. While in Music City the concept may not seem such a stretch, its unique nature has even become a model for other cities.

 

Valentine took her idea to Ron Samuels, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Avenue Bank. “Count us in,” he said.  “We’re going to rock the house.”

 

Valentine says these bands that are formed connect employees, from the security guard to the CEO. “It bonds people from all walks of life in ways they never would in any other way. It’s team building at its best. It’s infusing creativity into a workplace, be it the financial sector or the nonprofit world."

 

Read the entire article at Nashville Arts Magazine.

 

*photo of Plumb Crazy with Next of Kin from Myers Plumbing courtesy of ABC Nashville.

Business of Rock

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Business of Rock

M5, a provider of cloud-based telephone services for businesses, teamed up with the Hochstein School of Music to enhance team building and employee engagement.  Together, M5 and the Hochstein School organized a “school of rock” that culminates in a battle of the bands at their annual meeting.

 

Phelim White, founder of M5’s Rochester office says, “That’s the accounting person getting together with an engineer and a sales guy, all these different departments coming together as a band as a unit and learning how to be great together."  He added, "Happy colleagues, happy customers, right? If you’re going to have a commitment to your customers loving your service, the first commitment has to be to the staff."

 

You can read more about the program and listen to the interview on North County Public Radio.

 

*Photo courtesy of Sabrina Campagna

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