Ends on August 15, 2018

Sound Off Live!  

This application is for up-and-coming bands/musicians who wish to participate in Sound Off Live! which is a live audition at the Hard Rock Cafe in Downtown Baltimore for a performance slot at Light City, Artscape, and/or Baltimore Book Festival.

About Light City:
Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area. During the day, Light City’s innovation conferences bring together innovators and thought leaders across key industries to explore ways to power social change. Light City takes place April 2019.

About Artscape:
Artscape, is the largest FREE arts festival in America, and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. on behalf of Baltimore Festival of The Arts, Inc. Artscape takes place July 19 - 21, 2019.

About Book Festival: The Baltimore Book Festival is a "literary feast with gourmet eats" celebrating books, creativity, knowledge and ideas. The Book Festival takes place at the Inner Harbor, September 27 - 29, 2019.

What is Sound Off Live!?
Sound Off Live! is a way for up-and-coming bands/musicians to audition for a performance slot at  Light City, Artscape and/or Baltimore Book Festival. Sound Off Live! will take place during Free Fall Baltimore in October, 2018. Bands/musicians will be selected to perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges at The Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Baltimore. Bands/musicians will have 15 minutes to perform (three songs).

Who is eligible to participate?
Any genre of music is eligible - keep in mind that bands/musicians will be performing in a family atmosphere, so no explicit lyrics, please!

A majority of the band's members (60%) must reside in any of the following locations: Baltimore City, one of Maryland's 24 counties, the Delmarva Region or Washington D.C.

At least 90% of the music performed must be original - no more than 10% covers, please.

Only bands/musicians that have NEVER been booked at Light City, Artscape and Book Festival will be considered for Sound Off Live!  Please note:  If you have performed and/or applied for any of the festivals mentioned,  your information is in our database.

How does Sound Off Live! work?

Round 1 - Applications.
Bands/musicians Should submit the online application no later than August 15th, 2018.
Samples of the bands'/musicians' music must be available.

Applications missing music samples will not be considered.

Bands/musicians must keep two evenings open for any performance slot at the competition on October 17th and 18th, 2018.

Round 2 - Selection to Perform
Selection committee will review all applications to decide who will perform at Sound Off Live!

Bands/musicians will be selected from audio, video, and other information provided on website and application. BOPA aims to book diverse genre's and populations for our festivals  

Bands/musicians will be notified of acceptance into Sound Off Live!  by Saturday, September 1, 2018 via email. Performance day and time will also be indicated in this email. Performance times are final.

Round 3 - The Battle
Bands/musicians selected to perform in Sound Off Live! should be prepared to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their performance time. Bands arriving late will be disqualified.

Stage, sound system and basic backline will be provided.

The panel of judges will score each band/musician on a scale of 1-10 based on the following criteria: stage presence, crowd reaction, originality of sound, musicianship etc.

Bands/musicians must keep the weekend of July 19-21, 2019(Artscape) and/or September 27-29, 2019 (Book Festival), and April 2019 (Light City) open for any performance time slot.

Questions? Email shanson@promotionandarts.org