Sound Off!

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, launch their music careers, and connect with the larger artistic community.

Now in its 14th year, Sound Off! has paved the way for some amazing bands and artists including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Kithkin, Schoolyard Heroes, Tomten, and Brite Futures.

All participants are 21 or under and residents of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, or Idaho. Sound Off! participants make off with a slew of awesome prizes such as recording time, gear, radio airplay, high profile performances and media attention.


Selected bands and solo artists will be announced in mid-December.

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Participants must be age 21 or under and residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia.


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 weighted equally. Judges may consider the following:

Composition and Arrangement

How sophisticated and/or effective are the musical arrangements, vocals, lyrics, and melody, rhythms and/or technologies, and instrumentation?

Creativity and Originality

Have you ever heard anything like this? Is this a sound they have created? Are the musicians taking a unique approach?

Technical Ability and Musicianship

Are the musicians proficient with their instruments? Are they in time and in tune? Are the vocals on key?

Band selection criteria subject to change without notice.

For more Sound Off! info and to connect with other musicians in the Northwest, check out EMP’s all-ages music Facebook page, The Soundboard.


Email SoundOff@EMPmuseum.org

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