EMP Hosts Sound Off! All-Ages Battle of the Bands

26 Sep

Sound Off! an all-ages battle of the bands is now accepting submissions. Sponsored by the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, the Northwest’s premier 21-and-under battle of the bands is seeking music groups and solo artists for its 2013 competition. The application for Sound Off! 2013 is online now – deadline to apply is Nov. 5.

Now in its 12th year, Sound Off! supports the local music scene by giving artists from different backgrounds an opportunity to showcase their work, connect with the larger artistic community, and perform live at EMP, one of the top venues in the region. As in past years, Sound Off! 2013 will feature spectacular prizes such as gear, recording time, radio airplay, and high-profile performances.

EMP’s Sound Off! has paved the way for some of today’s freshest talent, including the Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Schoolyard Heroes, Kithkin, and Brite Futures, as well as members of Grand Hallway, Hey Marseilles, and Beat Connection. From Portland to Seattle to Vancouver BC, and everywhere in between, groups or solo musicians playing all genres of music are encouraged to submit original material for consideration in Sound Off! Three semifinal rounds of Sound Off! concerts will take place on February 9, 16, and 23, 2013, culminating in a jam-packed finals show in EMP’s Sky Church on March 2, 2013.

A panel of music-industry professionals will review all applicants and select 12 bands to perform live at EMP. Bands will be scored on song composition and arrangement, creativity and originality, and technical ability and musicianship. All categories will be equally weighted. Judges may consider the following:

• Composition and arrangement. How sophisticated are the musical arrangements, vocals, lyrics, rhythms and/or technologies, and instrumentation?
• Creativity and originality. Is the band’s approach unique?
• Technical Ability and Musicianship. Are the musicians proficient with their instruments? Are they in time and in tune? Are the vocals on key?

Eligibility: Participants must be age 21 or under.
Applications deadline: November 5. Apply online at empmuseum.org/soundoff.
Questions? Contact: soundoff@empmuseum.org.

Follow Sound Off! at: http://www.empmuseum.org/soundoff or http://www.facebook.com/soundoff

Now showing at the Experience Music Project:
AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels

Icons of Science Fiction

The Rolling Stones 1972, Photographs by Jim Marshall

Upcoming in 2012:

Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket opens October 20
Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London opens November 17


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