Maine Credit Unions Giving Aspiring Musicians An Opportunity To 'Sound Off' & Win In Statewide Music Competition

January 3, 2014

Young & Free Maine, a program coordinated by Maine's credit unions, is again asking to hear from Maine musicians ages 18-25 through the 3rd Annual Sound Off Music Competition!  From January 3 to January 27, the contest is open to individuals, groups or artists statewide.

"This competition provides a creative and interactive way for Maine's credit unions to reach out to young adults, while giving musicians a way to share their talent with their peers," explained John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League.  "Through Young & Free Maine, and our Spokester Lauren Reeves, we are always exploring new ways to connect with this generation, so we can better serve them.  'Sound Off' is another way we give Gen Y a voice, and support Maine's vibrant music scene."

"Music is truly something defines our generation," Lauren Reeves, Maine's Young & Free Spokester, said.  "Sound Off is a unique opportunity for musicians to their story and share their passion, while fans get to weigh in by voting for their favorite."

Sound Off entrants must be between 18-25 years of age (in the case of bands, at least one member must be aged 18-25), and must not be under a recording contract.  Entrants will submit an audio or video recording of them singing or performing original music to a special page on the Young & Free Maine website,

From January 29 to February 12, the public will vote to chooce the Top 5 artists and/or bands!  A live performance audition for the finalists will take place on February 21, 2014.  The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to Main Street Studios in Bangor.  The grand prize winner will also be awarded a spot to perform live at the KahBang Music Festival, held in Bangor in August 2014.  Prizes will also be awarded to the 1st and 2nd runners-up.

The contest is on now at