Want to perform at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival in 2017? The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks up-and-coming musicians and bands to participate in Sound Off Live!, a live audition for a performance slot at Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival. New this year, Sound Off Live! for festivals in 2017 will take place two evenings during Free Fall Baltimore in October 2016 (specific dates and location TBD.) Bands are selected to perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges and have fifteen minutes to perform three songs.  To apply, bands must submit the application complete with music samples and the application fee no later than Monday, August 1, 2016The application is available at www.promotionandarts.org/events-festivals/sound-live  or on the Light CityArtscape and Baltimore Book Festival websites.

Only bands that have never been booked for Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival will be considered for Sound Off Live!  Sixty percent of the bands members must reside in Maryland, the Delmarva Region or Washington D.C. Bands must keep the following dates open: March 31-April 3, 2017 (Light City); July 21-23, 2017 (Artscape) and September 22-24, 2017 (Baltimore Book Festival).  Bands will be notified of acceptance into Sound Off Live! by Friday, September 2, 2016 via email.


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.


About Artscape:

Artscape is America’s largest FREE arts festival, featuring a full schedule of performing arts including live concerts from national, regional and local acts on multiple outdoor stages and a wide variety of opera, theater, street theater, classical music and jazz performances.  Additionally, the festival showcases visual artists from the Baltimore region and beyond through an artists’ market, outdoor & indoor exhibitions and an extensive variety of local food and beverage vendors.


About the Baltimore Book Festival:

The Baltimore Book Festival is a “literary feast with gourmet eats” celebrating books, creativity, knowledge and ideas. Over three days the festival features hundreds of local, celebrity and national authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, hands-on projects for kids, live music and a thoughtfully curated  local food and beverage program.

For more information on Sound Off Live, visit www.promotionandarts.org or call 410-752-8632.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.