WHAT IS SOUND OFF?!  

Now in its 19th year, MoPOP’s Sound Off! is the premier 21-and-under music showcase and competition in the Pacific Northwest. Participants get the opportunity to showcase their original music in MoPOP’s Sky Church, a world-class venue, connect with peer musicians, and are mentored by industry leaders and an artistic community invested in welcoming them as full-fledged members of one of the nation’s most vibrant music scenes.

MoPOP’s Sound Off! is designed to support up-and-coming musicians and set them on a path for community building and professional growth. Over the course of three weeks, 12 semifinalists are selected to work with and perform for a panel of industry veterans. From there, the panel, alongside MoPOP’s Youth Advisory Board, chooses four finalists to play the closing concert. 

All twelve semifinalists receive professional development from industry veterans, take part in a professional photoshoot, play in a world-class venue, and join the growing community of Sound Off! alumni. The four finalists participate in a live recording in KEXP’s performance studio, receive mentorship from industry professionals, with a chance to win top prizes. Sound Off! alumni have gone on to perform at top Northwest music festivals, including Timber! Music Festival, Northwest Folklife Festival, and Bumbershoot. They also receive promotions via MoPOP events, collaborations with local producers, and studio sessions.

The application will take about 15 minutes to complete and will require you to submit four (4) MP3s, a band bio, a band photo, as well as answer some questions about your music and band members -- including birthdates (MM/DD/YYYY.)

We recommend you complete your application in one sitting, but if you begin your application and save it as a draft, you will need to go to MoPOP.org/SoundOff and click 'apply' to access your saved draft.

To make sure you're putting together the best application you can, please check out our Resources for Readiness document for tips, tricks, and resources.

Please review the Sound Off! Rules and Regulations and Frequently Asked Questions before completing the application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All participants must be age 21 or under

Questions on the application? Contact us at soundoff@MoPOP.org

Sound Off!