Sound Off!

The Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands.

  1. Hip-hop group COSMOS took the top prize at Finals 2016, winning them performance spots at Sasquatch! Music Festival and Bumbershoot, plus a ton of new gear, professional industry consultations, and more. 

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  2. Dre’zy and Too Smoove delivered a powerful and inventive performance that garnered their Semifinals #3 win, and the title of Audience Favorite for the evening.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  3. Congratulations were in order for doo-wop and R&B master artist Paris Alexa, who was the second Semifinals winner at Sound Off! 2016.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  4. Animal Camera took home the Wild Card title at Semifinals #2, with their dramatic performance. They were then selected by EMP's Youth Advisory Board as the Wild Card band to perform at Finals.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

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

Applications

Concert Dates

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 4, 2017.

Application Deadline

Monday, November 7

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Archive

  • Sound Off! 2013
  • Sound Off! 2014
  • Sound Off! 2015
  • Sound Off! 2016

Questions?

Email SoundOff@EMPmuseum.org