Maine CUs ready to "Let the Music Play," as search for Sound-Off entries begins

January 25, 2017

Young & Free Maine, powered by Maine's credit unions, has kicked off its annual competition to Maine residents between the ages of 18-25.  The contest seeks entries from solo artists and groups, with winners in both categories getting a chance to play in front of thousands at the Old Port Festival in Portland in June.
The contest is 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.
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.)  In 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.
“We’re aiming to make this year bigger and better than ever. Having both a solo/duo and band category means there will be double the prizes this year! The entry period is open until February 20, so keep an eye on Young & Free Maine for more details, videos and even band features!” commented Jake Holmes, Young & Free Spokester. “This contest is an amazing way to raise awareness of both Young & Free and credit unions, and generate activity with the millennial audience in Maine. Sound Off can serve as an opportunity for you to connect with young adults. Oh, and you get to hear some great music! If you know any young musicians, send them to Young & Free! I’m so happy to be kicking off the year with such a great contest, and I hope you find that it serves as both great entertainment and an opportunity!"​

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