2016 Sound Off Music Competition

We’re tuning in to find the best of Maine’s 25-and-under music crowd!



Tired of just jamming in the basement? Ready for the next step? We’re looking for you! Two categories this year - Soloists/Duos or Groups are eligible to enter.

The grand prizes are a sweet $500 gift certificate for Main Street Music Studios in Bangor and a live performance spot at the 2016 Old Port Music Festival.

Maine Musicians - this could be your big break! Whether you are a solo artist/duo or a group of three or more, the top two runners up in each category will receive awesome prizes too. If you are between 18 and 25 years of age and play music on your own or as part of a duo, or in a band this competition is for you! Enter an original tune and get the word out to your fans for the public vote.

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

  1. Check out the competition details 
  2. Read the official rules
  3. Fill out the entry form and provide a link to your music video or upload an audio file
  4. Enter by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016
  5. Get your fans, family, and friends to vote from March 2-17, 2016

It’s up to you to campaign and get enough votes to be one of the two finalists in each category who will move on to the judging round. In each category, the top two vote-getters, plus one entry selected by the Young & Free Maine team, will perform a live audition before a panel of judges in the final battle to be the next Sound Off champions.

Sound Off Information

Key dates

  • Entry deadline:
    Monday, February 29 at 5 p.m.
  • Public voting:
    Wednesday, March 2 to Thursday, March 17 at 3 p.m.
  • Top Three Finalists announced:
    Friday, March 18
  • Finalists live audition:
    Thursday, March 31
  • Winners announced:
    Thursday, March 31

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