The Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands.
An annual event since 2001, EMP’s Sound Off! supports the all-ages scene by giving artists an opportunity to showcase original music on a large platform, launch their music careers, and connect with peer musicians, industry leaders, and other members of the artistic community invested in supporting their success and growth.
Now in its 16th year, Sound Off! has paved the way for some amazing bands and artists including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Dave B, Naked Giants, Kithkin, Schoolyard Heroes, Tomten, Brite Futures, as well as members of Beat Connection, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Cumulus, Oberhofer, La Luz, Kairos and more. From Seattle and Portland to Vancouver and Boise, groups or solo musicians playing all genres of music are encouraged to submit original material for consideration.
Now seeking applications for 21 and under bands and solo artists for Sound Off! 2017!
Sound Off! judges, partners, and mentors include major music festivals, journalists, radio DJs, venues, bookers, alumni, record labels, recording studios, all-ages music community organizers, and more. Through its partners, Sound Off! has been able to connect artists with bookings at high-profile venues and partnerships across the region such as Bumbershoot, Sasquatch! Music Festival, KEXP, and the Capitol Hill Block Party.
Call for Entries
Three semifinal rounds of Sound Off! concerts will take place Fridays, February 10, 17, and 24 (Semifinals), culminating in an electrifying finals on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Monday, November 7
Sound Off! participants make off with a slew of awesome prizes such as recording time, gear, radio airplay, festival performances, and media attention.
Prizes for 2016 included performance slots in the following lineups:
- Bumbershoot (1st Place)
- Sasquatch! Music Festival (One finalist to be selected by Sasquatch!)
- Timber! Outdoor Music Festival (Two semifinalists to be selected by Timber!)
- KEXP community-based show (Audience Favorite)
- Northwest Folklife (3rd and 4th Place)