The Boston Public Library is looking for the next Massachusetts musical thrills for ages 13-18.
For new BPL Teen Music Maker Showdown, teens statewide are invited to submit original tracks Feb. 5-25. A panel of judges, comprising members of The Hip Hop Transformation of Cambridge, ICA Teens, Clubhouse Network and the Library, will select three winners to receive a cash prize of up to $ 150 and an opportunity to win. ” get paid to produce a new track for BPL’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
“We’re looking for rock, pop, R&B, soul – whatever kids use to express themselves,” said Opetoritse Adefolalu, librarian at BPL’s Lower Mills branch and one of the organizers of the event. ‘event.
For Adefolalu, one of the best aspects of the competition is the possibility for the winners to produce a new track for the BPL. It is important that young artists “get a taste of real professional jobs,” he said. “We really want this professional practice and career preparation to be incorporated into everything we do with teens. “Winners who choose to do the commissioned work can win $ 100 in addition to their cash prize.”
During the submission period, teens can also attend workshops with the help of industry professionals and connect with their fellow competitors.
At the awards ceremony on March 5, clips of the winners and honorable mentions will be featured on the library’s Twitch and YouTube page. “We would like teens to see that the library is a space for them and for them,” said Adefolalu. “We want them to see that they are co-creators.”
Natachi Onwuamaegbu can be contacted at [email protected]