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About Sound Off!

As the premier under-21 music showcase in the Pacific Northwest, MoPOP’s Sound Off! provides artists the tools to learn, grow, and express themselves through music.

Through a series of performances highlighting new and upcoming talent in MoPOP’s Sky Church, Sound Off! lets young artists shine by playing in a professional concert setting while making their mark on the future of the PNW music scene.

The Sound Off! Artist Experience:

  • Play a show on the big stage at MoPOP’s Sky Church
  • Get a taste of the rockstar life — cue lights, cameras, and adoring fans
  • Learn the ropes with industry professionals
  • Join an awesome community of musicians
  • Become a part of the next Northwest sound


Applications for Sound Off! 2023 have now closed. Stay tuned for news about our upcoming showcases!

Don’t just take our word for it…

“ Sound Off! is... an opportunity to get a lot more vested in the music community that’s around you. If there is anything that Sound Off! has done incredibly powerfully is set up young folks for finding each other and for building not just networks, but communities that define the music scene in Seattle.

—Cameron Lavi-Jones, King Youngblood

“ As a byproduct of participating in Sound Off!, i///u was able to play the stages at Bumpershoot and NW Folklife... to have an in studio session with KEXP.... And then I think of all of the other stages – like Neumos, and Showbox. It’s been a storybook for us and we can’t be more appreciative of the MoPOP and Sound Off! team because having won gave us that a-ha moment. Like “woah, this is really cool! We should just keep playing music.” And that’s what we did.

—Scott Elder, cofounder of i///u



London Bridge

Northwest Folklife

The Recording Academy

Timber Festival

The Vera Project

A special thanks to MoPOP’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for their continued assistance in screening applicants and helping select performers for Sound Off! programming. YAB’s efforts allow MoPOP to empower youth visionaries by lifting up their peers.

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