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Calling all teen musicians ages 12-19. Do you have The Sound?

Solos, duos or groups--any style of music. We want YOU to participate in IPPL's second annual Teen Music Fest.

Submit your application and demo by June 14* for your chance at fame and cash prizes! Four solos/duos and four groups will be selected by IPPL's Teen Advisory Board to perform live at the Indian Prairie Public Library on Saturday, June 21 starting at 6:30 pm. A panel of judges will award prizes for the top act in each category, and a fan favorite will be chosen by text-in vote, so bring your friends.

*The deadline has been extended to June 14. The previous deadline was June 7.

Event Information, Rules & Regulations

Applicants must submit a demo of their music to complete their application. Links to an act’s YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud or other music page can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the email, include the name of your act and primary contact person. Applicants may submit CDs, DVDs, and flash drives with audio or video recordings as well. Applications will not be complete until a demo has been received. Demos not received by the deadline of June 14, 2014 will not be considered.

In the event that more acts submit an entry form than spots allow, some acts may not have the opportunity to participate in the live event. Acts will be notified of their acceptance in the final competition beginning Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Acts who are chosen to perform in The Sound must be available the evening of Saturday, June 21, 2014 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

All performers must remain on site throughout the entire event.

Performers must be between the ages of 12-19.

A sound system will be provided for the contest. Performers must provide all other musical instruments necessary for their performance. Performers are responsible for their own equipment.

Each act will be allotted a 10-minute set. Acts must set up and exit the stage quickly in order to allow all acts time to perform.

Performers may play original work or covers. All acts must be performed live on stage.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top solo/duo and to the top group act. The Fan Favorite Trophy will be awarded to the act which receives the most votes through a texting poll.

All performers agree to have their name, voice, and/or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material related to this contest without any compensation or rights to royalties for such use.

Band names and lyrics of performance songs must be suitable for a family audience.

Any distasteful behavior and/or damage to the sound equipment or performance site will result in an automatic disqualification.


Judging Criteria

Judges will assign a score out of 100 for each act using the following criteria:

  • Musicianship - 50 points
  • Presentation (enthusiasm/attitude/energy/engaging the audience) - 20 points
  • Creativity - 15 points
  • Professionalism (time management/setup/takedown/etc) - 15 points

Scores from each judge will be averaged, and the highest score in each category (solos/duos and groups) will be awarded a cash prize.  In addition, a fan favorite trophy will be awarded to the act which receives the most text in votes.