Voting System

SPH Band Contest / Jury & Audience

At this point we would like to inform you in detail about our voting system and how we are managing to treat the audience and jury votes equally and independent of the number of fans who are present (always 50% each).

There are a number of ways on how to calculate the votes, but we deliberately chose the fair alternative. First of all, it is important to understand how many votes the audience and the jury award each night.


Each fan can give 3 points (2 points with the first vote, 1 point with the second vote). With 100 visitors, this makes up 300 total votes, with 200 visitors 600 votes and so on; the number of all votes will be stated in the following section ‘overall audience vote’ (all votes will be added together).


In every round up to the final, there will be 2-3 jury members, in the big national finale usually 10-15, who judge the bands in the following 3 categories:

  • Composition / Arrangement / Songwriting
  • Vocal skills / Musical skills / Interplay
  • Appearance / Presentation / Show

The jury members can give between 1 (minimum) and 10 (maximum) points for every category. Therefore, each band can receive a minimum of 9 points and a maximum of 90 points (from 3 jury members). It is very probable that each band will receive a different number of votes. ALL POINTS distributed by the jury members are added up to the ‘total points’ – this is important for the calculation later. With 3 jury members, the maximum number of points is 540 (all 6 bands receive ‘10’ points in all 3 categories) and a minimum of 54 points (all 6 bands receive ‘1’ point in all 3 categories).


To compare the results of all first rounds, we will transform your performances into percentages – always in relation to the overall number of points (jury/audience). We are simply dividing the points of each band by the total number of points. This way, each band receives a percentage of audience points in relation to jury points. At the end, the average of both values (audience / jury) is build, ensuring that the final result is made up of 50% from both values.


179 people are visiting the show and are awarding 537 audience points (179 first votes (2 points) and 179 second votes (1 point)). Band A receives 149 votes, band B 93 votes, band C 80 votes, band D 77 votes, band E 70 votes and band F 68 votes. The jury distributes 303 points in total. Band A gets 38 points (from a max. of 90 points), band B 42 points, band C 43, band D 48, band E 51 and band F 81 jury points. Now the number of points from the audience as well as from the jury is divided by the overall number of points from ALL BANDS, in order to get the percentage for each band – the higher the percentage the better.

For the bands in this example this means:

Band A:

  • 27,75% of audience votes (149 points for band A / 537 total points)
  • 12,54% of jury votes (38 points for band A / 303 total points)
  • 20,15% overall result (27,75% audience + 12,54% jury divided by 2)

Band B: 17,32% of audience votes, 13,86% of jury votes / average: 15,59%
Band C: 14,90% of audience votes, 14,19% of jury votes / average: 14,55%
Band D: 14,34% of audience votes, 15,84% of jury votes / average: 15,09%
Band E: 13,04% of audience votes, 16,83% of jury votes / average: 14,94%
Band F: 12,66% of audience votes, 26,73% of jury votes / average: 19,70%

This results in:

1. Band A, 2. Band F, 3. Band B, 4. Band D, 5. Band C, 6. Band E.

By rounding the percentages, it can come to small deviations (e.g. adding all band results = 100,1%). In the case that rounding is the decisive factor for 2 bands, we will calculate with the exact values.

The SPH Band Contest is the biggest band contest for musicians and artists in Europe and North America. The SPH network includes more than 1,500 participating bands and 500 concerts every year. SPH Band Contest and its live platforms are available in Germany, the United States, UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. SPH Band Contest takes place in more than 100 cities all over the world. Around the globe, more than 200 young individuals are active and involved in the organization of the SPH Band Contest while all being dedicated musicians. The SPH Band Contest is (and will always be) a platform from musicians for musicians!

The SPH Band Contest is supported by the national and international music industry and corresponding associations who see the concept as long-term and truly supportive for young musicians. That's why many well-known companies are partners of the SPH Band Contest. Beyond the opportunity of up to 5 live Shows for the bands, industry contacts, helpful jury feedback and great experiences, all bands get an artist support package with valuable coupons and free services. It has a total value of up to $500. Additionally, all bands have the opportunity to gain up to $250 in cash per show through their pre-sales. All artists can benefit from prizes & awards worth $250,000 (for all SPH Nations) such as the best artist awards, studio recordings, festival slots, equipment, amps, speakers, gigs, instruments, microphones, in-ears, CD pressings, worldwide online sales, music and lyric videos, shootings, promotions, vouchers, merchandise, endorsements, workshops, design packages and much more!

The SPH Band Contest USA has (or will have) showcases in the following cities:
Abilene, Akron, Albuquerque, Alexandria, Allentown, Amarillo, Anaheim, Ann Arbor, Antioch, Arlington (Texas), Arlington (Virginia), Arvada, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Aurora (Colorado), Aurora (Illinois), Austin, Bakersfield, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Bellevue, Berkeley, Billings, Birmingham, Boise, Boston, Bridgeport, Brownsville, Buffalo, Burbank, Cambridge, Cape Coral, Carlsbad, Carrollton, Cary, Cedar Rapids, Centennial, Chandler, Charleston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chesapeake, Chicago, Chula Vista, Cincinnati, Clarksville, Clearwater, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia (South Carolina), Columbia (Missouri), Columbus (Ohio), Columbus (Georgia), Concord, Coral Springs, Corona, Corpus Christi, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Daly City, Dayton, Denton, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Downey, Durham, El Monte, El Paso, Elgin, Elizabeth, Elk Grove, Erie, Escondido, Eugene, Evansville, Everett, Fairfield, Fargo, Fayetteville, Flint, Fontana, Fort Collins, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Wayne, Fort Worth, Fremont, Fresno, Frisco, Fullerton, Gainesville, Garden Grove, Garland, Gilbert, Glendale (Arizona), Glendale (California), Grand Prairie, Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Greensboro, Gresham, Hampton, Hartford, Hayward, Henderson, Hialeah, High Point, Hollywood, Houston, Huntington Beach, Huntsville, Independence, Indianapolis, Inglewood, Irvine, Irving, Jackson, Jacksonville, Jersey City, Joliet, Kansas City (Missouri), Kansas City (Kansas), Killeen, Knoxville, Lafayette, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lansing, Laredo, Las Vegas, Lexington, Lincoln, Little Rock, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Lowell, Lubbock, Madison, Manchester, McAllen, McKinney, Memphis, Mesa, Mesquite, Miami, Miami Gardens, Midland, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Miramar, Mobile, Modesto, Montgomery, Moreno Valley, Murfreesboro, Murrieta, Naperville, Nashville, New Haven, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, Newport News, Norfolk, Norman, North Las Vegas, Norwalk, Oakland, Oceanside, Oklahoma City, Olathe, Omaha, Ontario, Orange, Orlando, Overland Park, Oxnard, Palm Bay, Palmdale, Pasadena (Texas), Pasadena (California), Paterson, Pembroke Pines, Peoria (Arizona), Peoria (Illinois), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Plano, Pomona, Port St. Lucie, Portland, Providence, Provo, Pueblo, Raleigh, Rancho Cucamonga, Reno, Richmond (Virginia), Richmond (California), Riverside, Rochester (New York), Rochester (Minnesota), Rockford, Roseville, Sacramento, Saint Paul, Saint Petersburg, Salem, Salinas, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San José, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santa Clarita, Santa Rosa, Savannah, Scottsdale, Seattle, Shreveport, Simi Valley, Sioux Falls, South Bend, Spokane, Springfield (Missouri), Springfield (Massachusetts), Springfield (Illinois), St. Louis, Stamford, Sterling Heights, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Surprise, Syracuse, Tacoma, Tallahassee, Tampa, Temecula, Tempe, Thornton, Thousand Oaks, Toledo, Topeka, Torrance, Tucson, Tulsa, Vallejo, Vancouver, Ventura, Victorville, Virginia Beach, Visalia, Waco, Warren, Washington, D.C, Waterbury, West Covina, West Jordan, West Valley City, Westminster, Wichita, Wichita Falls, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Worcester, Yonkers.