Teens can win cash prizes through our music competition, The Sound! This year's competition is held over Zoom.

Because we are supporting the governor's recommendation for social distancing, we are only accepting solo acts, we are only accepting solo acts unless duos and groups are comprised of teens that are members of the same household. But, hurry, the deadline for submitting a demo is June 19. 

The Sound is sponsored by the Gift of Carl Foundation.

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Teen Music Fest: Saturday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.

Application & Event Information

Applicants must submit a demo of their music to complete their application. Audio files and/or links to an act’s YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, or other music pages can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include the name of your act and primary contact person in the email. Applications will not be considered complete until a demo has been received. Demos not received by the deadline of Friday, June 19, noon will not be considered.

We will notify all acts of their status in the final competition the week following the application deadline.

Details, Rules, & Regulations 

  • Acts that are chosen to perform in The Sound must be available on the evening of Saturday, June 27 beginning at 5 p.m.
  • All performers must remain online throughout the entire event.
  • Performers must be ages 12-18.
  • Performers must provide all musical instruments and amps, wifi, and computer/phone/tablet necessary for their performance. 
  • Each act will be allotted up to a 10-minute set. 
  • Performers may play original work or covers. All songs must be performed live via Zoom.
  • A panel of judges will award cash prizes; $150, $100, and $50.
  • 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. 

Judging Criteria

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

  • Musicianship: 50 points
  • Presentation (enthusiasm/attitude): 25 points
  • Creativity: 25 points

Scores from each judge will be averaged, and the highest scores will be awarded $300 total in cash prizes. The $300 in cash prizes is divided among the top three finalists.

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