A music competition for bands playing their own songs. This event aims to support emerging and developing musicians in Washington State and encourage appreciation for the art of music in our community. 

Event Details

Semi-final Pool #1 | Tuesday 10 August

Semi-final Pool #2 | Wednesday 11 August

Finals | Saturday 14 August

The Semi-Final rounds will be live streamed, and the final will be part of our Pop-Up Drive-In Series, (also to be live streamed). Drive-In tickets will be capped at 60 cars to ensure safe social distancing.


Winners will be decided by the judges, taking into account People's Choice Award votes through live streams (facebook).

- 2020 WINNERS -

Semi-Final Pool #1

Location TBC

Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Bands in the Semi-Final Pool #1:

Announced July 10th, 2021

Semi-Final Pool #2

Location TBC

Wednesday 11 August, 2021

Bands in the Semi-Final Pool #2:

Announced July 10th, 2021


Location TBC

Saturday 14 August, 2021

Bands in the Finals:

Announced after each Semi-Final


On top of the prizes below, each band will be reserved a spot on the Main Stage at the Shoreline Art Festival 2022

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1st Prize

$1,000 Cash

One day of studio recording time at Robert Lang Studios  


From the early Northwest sound of the Sonics and 15 year old Kenny G, to Nirvana’s final studio recording, to today's finest musicians like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robert Lang Studios continues to expand, create and inspire!


“The environment where you create music influences the result.” - Dave Grohl


2nd Prize

$250 Cash

Paired with a winner from the Shoreline Short Short Film Festival to create a music video.

3rd Prize

$500 Cash


Mentoring with Roger Fisher! A one-on-one session in either singing, songwriting, guitar, audio and video production - whatever fits the person or band.


Born in Seattle, Roger Fisher was founding guitarist of the rock group Heart, globally known through the sales of more than 40 million albums. 


Robert Lang

Robert Lang Studios

Robert founded Robert Lang Studios, Seattle’s legendary world class recording studio. He is the tech, creative force and visionary of the studio. Robert built it from the ground up using stone, marble and concrete giving it incomparable acoustics, atmosphere and killer drum sounds! The studio is home to thousands of recordings from local, national and international artists such as Dave Matthews, Foo Fighters and Peter Frampton. “If these walls could talk!”


Tina Lang

Robert Lang Studios Academy

Tina runs Robert Lang Studios Academy. “What better place to run a recording academy than Robert Lang Studios itself?” The one year audio engineering certificate program prides itself in offering hands-on training in a real working studio. Tina has been part of the music industry for decades. Besides managing RLS and RLSA, she has worked in marketing, sales, merchandising and promotion for Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Records. Her favorite part of the business is breaking new bands!

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Doreen Mitchum


Doreen is an Arts Program Manager who has been with 4Culture since it was the King County Arts Commission. She currently manages the Group Art Projects program, the Touring Arts Roster and the Touring Arts Roster Incentive program. In her spare time she likes to listen and dance to World Music, create Encaustic paintings, and read and write about esoteric subjects.


Nathan Yaccino

The Ballard Baitshop

Nathan Yaccino is a Seattle based record producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Chicagoland, he moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 where he has been a vital contributor to the Seattle musical community, making records and recordings with artists such as Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Noah Gundersen, Lemolo and many more. He currently works out of his private recording studio "The Ballard Baitshop", a converted sail loft from the 1930's.





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