Call for entries: Find the Music Contest!

Memphis Music Hall Of Fame challenges students to make music using found objects

How do you make music? As the Memphis Music Hall of Fame prepares for its third induction ceremony this fall, it is calling on students to answer that question as they pay tribute to one of its recent inductees – The Memphis Jug Band – through the ‘Find the Music’ contest.

Students are challenged to make music with found objects (check our friend Jonathan for a great example of some melody making on a washing machine tub), make a video of their composition and share it on YouTube. Up to five winners will be selected from all entries to win a $100 cash prize and free admission for the student and his family to the Rock’n’Soul Museum.

“In celebration of The Memphis Jug Band’s induction into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, we want to ask students, ‘how creative can you be making music?’” says John Doyle, Executive Director of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. “Show us, and your uniquely created musical sound could win you one of five $100 awards which will be presented to students who create the best musical sounds.”

According to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s tribute page to The Memphis Jug Band, “The jug band may be the quintessential expression of the Memphis music underground, of giving the power to the people. Jug band instruments can be made from household objects… every home had a jug. The bass was built from a washtub, broom handle, and scrap baling wire or rope, and those who couldn’t afford a kazoo could usually find scraps of wax paper and put that over a comb for an instant horn section. Even the stringed instrument could be built from a pie plate and other kitchen items. The jug band’s existence is a statement that anything can be made musical, and anyone can make music.”

Entrants are required to upload videos to YouTube and set them as public. Videos should be three minutes or less and feature students (18 years or younger) creating music with found objects (no traditional instruments allowed). The music they create can be an original composition or the students’ take on an existing song or work, interpreted through their found objects. Up to five grand prize winners will receive a $100 cash prize and free admission for students and their families to the Rock’n’Soul Museum.

“Since The Memphis Jug Band emerged from the streets of Memphis, and since Memphis is the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll,” Doyle continued, “We’re convinced that Memphis’ musical magic is unchanged, and that there are hundreds of creative students out there who can use found materials to become the next musical sensation – and we’ll pay them $100 to do it!”

Post a link to your video on the Rock’n’Soul Museum Facebook page or share a link to @rocknsoulmuseum on Twitter with #findthemusic. Winners will be selected partially by judges’ criteria and partially by popular “vote” as determined by highest view count.

September 12: Deadline to submit your video

September 15-19: Share links to all videos through Rock’n’Soul Facebook, Twitter, etc.

September 26: Winners announced via Rock’n’Soul Facebook page



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