Calling all musicians in the 18-25 crowd:

Young & Free Maine, powered by Maine’s Credit Unions, is looking forward to sponsoring and hosting its 6th annual Sound Off Music Competition. The contest is open to Maine residents between the ages of 18-25, and musicians may enter in one of two categories: band or soloist/duo. (For band entrants, at least one member must be between the ages of 18-25.)

The contest will officially open for video or audio entries from January 16-February 20. From February 22-March 9, everyone gets to participate by voting for their favorite acts – which will determine the top three acts from each category that will compete in the live Sound Off Showdown on March 23 at the Next Generation Theater in Brewer.

drumsIn each category, the grand prize winners will receive a $500 gift certificate for a recording session at Maine Street Music Studios in Bangor, as well as the opportunity to perform live at the 2017 Old Port Music Festival. The second prize winners will receive a customized video of their band, shot and edited by Young & Free Maine Spokester Jake Holmes. All finalists at the Sound Off Showdown will also receive a set of promotional materials featuring their brands and images.

Whether you have an awesome, original song of your own to share, or you know young musicians who would shine on our stage, please spread the word about this opportunity! Visit for more information!