“Sound Off”: Chicago Public Library Announces Music Competition

Posted by Jason Petros on September 04, 2009
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Chicago Public Library - Sound OffHey all you fantastic CIMR readers – musicians, this one is especially for you!  Check it out, it sounds like an awesome contest – and I have to say that I am personally of the opinion that the more readers and writers we have in this nation; the better off we will all be.


Chicago, IL – The Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced that they will be holding another competition, this time in support of local musicians. The competition hopes to draw attention to the library’s updated music services which include CDs, music downloads, sheet music and concerts. Running from August 27 to September 27, CHIPUBLIB Sound Off invites Chicago musicians to submit original compositions inspired by their hometown city of Chicago. The winners will each perform live at the CHIPUBLIB Sound Off Concert – a free, public event held at Pritzker Park in late October. Judges for the competition include Publisher and Editor of Chicago-based Alarm Magazine Chris Force and music & culture critic and author of The Girls’ Guide to Rocking, Jessica Hopper, among others.
CHIPUBLIB Sound Off is part of Chicago Public Library’s Not What You Think Campaign. “Our ‘Not What You Think’ campaign challenges perceptions and highlights the library’s lesser known free services,” said Ruth Lednicer, CPL’s Director of Marketing. “Given the positive response we received from the design community with our previous contest – CHIPUBLIB.ORG Design Contest – we looked to continue the momentum by engaging Chicago’s vast music community to connect with the diverse population that we serve. We hope that through our efforts more people will become aware of the large catalog of free music we offer. Beyond CDs, we have performance DVDs, music downloads and sheet music ranging from The Beatles to Mariah Carey.”
Joining the panel of judges for the CHIPUBLIB Sound Off did not require a second thought for Chris Force. Started in 1995, Force began Alarm Magazine – a quarterly magazine that prides itself in publishing the best in new music and art – using the library’s resources.  Headquartered in Chicago, carrying a Chicago Public Library card is a “must have” for those who work at Alarm.
“From Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago to new tunes from our favorite local punk bands and folk singers, it’s no wonder that Chicago has inspired hundreds, if not thousands of songs, each with a unique perspective that reflects Chicago’s incredible energy,” said Force. “Chicagoans have a special pride for their city. Why not sing about it? Chicago’s unique energy runs so deep it’s no wonder that musicians as diverse as Rise Against, and even the Rolling Stones have relied on the city as a muse for their songs.”
Submission Guidelines
The judges will choose winners based on song creativity, quality of performance, and original expression embodying the essence of the City of Chicago. All entries must comply with submission criteria posted at www.chipublib.org/notwhatyouthink.
Ten finalists will be selected by the official judging panel, and of those, two winning entrants will receive distinction as the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Winners.
The Grand Prize Winner, determined by the panel of judges, will headline the CHIPUBLIB Sound Off Concert in late October, where they will perform their composition as well as a set featuring their other music. In addition to their headlining status, the Grand Prize Winner will receive a studio package courtesy of Electrical Audio – founded by legendary recording engineer Steve Albini.
The People’s Choice Winner will be selected by online voters who, from September 28 to October 3, view the top 10 submissions at the CHIPUBLIB Sound Off Vimeo channel and then visit the Not What You Think tumblr blog at www.notwhatyouthink.tumblr.com for online voting. The People’s Choice Winner will open for the Grand Prize Winner at the CHIPUBLIB Sound Off Concert performing their submission as well as a small set of their other music.
For rules and submission guidelines visit www.chipublib.org/notwhatyouthink. For more help, visit your local public library, browse the music sections, or ask the librarian for tips on inspiration.

4 Comments to “Sound Off”: Chicago Public Library Announces Music Competition

  • I hear you jack I hear Soul Asylum will be there also. There are tons of babes there and the gate fee is always waived when you tell them you are walking through. Its a public street so they cant Make you pay or stop you and while you’re at it listen to some great music. BOTH DAYS!

  • The sheffield garden walk in Lincoln Park Chicago has Soul Asylum coming this summer July 23-24,2011. Its gonna be a jam with a special guest star taking stage. Remember to enter its a $10 DONATION which basically means save your hard earned cash and tell them you arnt gonna donate. They will still let you in for FREE!. Hope to see you there!

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