The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

13th Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands



Narrowed from a pool of more than 30 applicants, the nation’s top eight company-sponsored bands are set to face off in a live competition at the 
13th FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands on Sept. 28, 2013. Event proceeds will benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational activities.

Held annually at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, the battle of the corporate bands competition showcases the social and economic benefits of recreational music programs within the workplace. In addition to fostering team-building and increased morale, research shows that the positive effects of workplace music programs extend far past the social sphere, improving employee wellness by reducing depression and reversing the human body’s response to stress at the DNA level.

FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands is presented through a partnership with FORTUNE magazine and the Rock Hall, and is sponsored by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants),  Gibson Guitars, Marshall Fridge and Fender Premium Audio.


“Cassius King,” Mesirow Financial – Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

“Class Action,” Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin – King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

“Detached Retina,” Excella Consulting – Arlington, Virginia

“OTN Speedwagon,” Ciena Corporation  – Hanover, Maryland

“Peripheral Vision,” Olympus – Center Valley, Pennsylvania

“The Telematics,” Kiewit Corporation – Valley, Nebraska

“Toy Box,” ePrize – Pleasant Ridge, Michigan

“Toys 2 Men,” Hasbro – Pawtucket, Rhode Island


Jeff Carlisi - Founding member of .38 Special

Ricky Byrd - Former member of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Liberty Devitto - Drummer for Billy Joel

Rob Arthur - Keyboards with Peter Frampton

Antoinette Follet – Editor of Making Music Magazine

With the Rock Hall’s increased focus on bringing music into the classroom, the Museum’s educational offerings have become one of the most celebrated and award-winning activities from a fine arts museum in the nation. The Museum hosts a variety of events including year-round concerts and the Hall of Fame series featuring evenings with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. In addition, there are award-winning education programs for everyone from toddlers to college students, to teachers and adults.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 94 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than one million and a readership of nearly five million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand's mission into live settings, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including the FORTUNE Global Forum. FORTUNE magazine’s online home is, the most visited and utilized business destination website.

This event is part of:

14th Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Sept. 5 & 6, 2014


Are you a member of the Best Corporate Band in America? We have seen some of the best there are come through this competition! For the fourteenth year in a row, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting a celebration of musicians who happen to have day jobs.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

FORTUNE is the premier business storyteller, helping senior executives understand the complex business landscape while honoring their time outside the office.  While the FORTUNE Battle is certainly a competition on stage, the real magic of this event is uncovering so many passionate artists who perform for the love of music.

The finals of the FORTUNE Battle will be Sept. 5 & 6, 2014 at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH.  There will be eight (8) finalists and it will be a two-step selection process that will include CD submissions followed by live regional qualifying. Regional competitions are tentatively scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in March, Nashville in April and Boston in May.


  • All band members must be employees of the company.
  • When submitting your entry for the competition, you must list the names of your band members and the position they hold at the company. If you are picked to compete in a regional competition and make it to the finals, you must compete in the finals with the same band members that played in the regional competition
  • Your company should have at least 50 employees
  • Nobody under the age of 21 will be allowed to play with any band


To Enter:

  • Each band must submit a copy of a 3-song CD, a list of the names of each band member, the instrument they play and their position at the company.  Send all of the above to: Steve Dobo -The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd. - Cleveland, OH 44114
  • Submissions are due no later than February 3, 2014
  • There will be no entry fee for submissions. If your company is picked to play in a regional competition, there will be a $2,000 fee.
  • Your submission should be the best audio quality you can deliver.


Selection Process:

  • By February 10, 2014, invitations to one of the three regional qualifiers will be sent to 18 bands. These 18 bands will be divided into three regional competitions tentatively scheduled for Los Angeles in March, Nashville, in April and Boston in May.
  • Selection will be conducted by a panel comprised of representatives from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Bands will be chosen based upon quality of musicianship and vocals. Your submission should contain the 3 songs you do the best. 99% of the entries are cover songs so we look for how well the song is covered. Vocals and musicianship are important so please send a good quality audio recording.


Regional Competitions:

  • The regional qualifying events will be Saturday daytime competitions with each band playing a 20-minute set to show their best stuff for the judges
  • The top two (2) bands from each regional qualifier will make the Finals in September. 
  • There will be two wildcard selections when all the regional competitions are completed and those two wildcard bands will move on to the finals as well.


The Finals:

The 8 finalists for the Battle Finals in Cleveland will be required to submit an entry fee payable to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum of $8,000 by August 11, 2014. Submission of the entry fee also serves as confirmation that each finalist adheres to the eligibility rules posted above.  This entry fee entitles each band to:

  • Listing in FORTUNE announcing the finalists for the 2014 Battle
  • Coverage in a custom FORTUNE section about the Battle to appear in a December 2014 issue
  • Entry for all band members and 1 guest to the Friday night Warm Up Party at the House of Blue
  • VIP tickets for the Battle Finals Party (fully catered affair) on Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Copy of the finals competition on DVD
  • Exclusive gifts courtesy of the Rock Hall and the event sponsors


Mailing address for submissions and event contact:


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Attn: Steve Dobo

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.

Cleveland, OH  44114

p: 216.515.1223

e: Steve Dobo

Please email Lisa Vinciquerra, Rock Hall Production Manager, with any questions.

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