NEMO Music Festival Presents: The Starbucks Music Makers Competition

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Starbucks New England and the NEMO Music Festival are bringing back the days when live music was equally as popular at a coffeehouse as sipping a steaming cup of brew. The Starbucks Music Makers Competition (SMMC) offers New England-area musicians the opportunity to showcase their talent in any musical genre.

Submissions will be accepted exclusively through Sonicbids and Semi-Finalists will be accepted based on the following criteria:

  • Material is café-friendly and original

  • Artist’s material demonstrate that they are active in their musical aspirations

  • Artist obsess qualities that are either fresh or timeless

Almost 50 contestants will be selected by the NEMO Music Festival Committee to perform live at the regional competitions held in select Starbucks stores throughout New England. 5-7 artists will be invited to perform 3 songs at their designated Semi-Final competition. 4 local music industry professionals will be invited to judge at each in-store. These votes will be tallied and added to a 5th public vote, determined through online voting presented by Goombah. One artist from each event will be invited to advance on to the Finals. NEMO reserves the right to add “wild card” entrees to the final event.

All genres of music are accepted as long as the music is cafe-friendly. Diversity is encouraged, however this opportunity is only appropriate for soloists, duos or trios. Larger acts are welcome to apply if they are willing to strip down instrumentation and perform as a trio.

Semi-Finals in-store performances will be held throughout New England on the following dates:

Tues, Aug 21: 1068-1070 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

Thurs, Aug 23: 49 Church Street, Burlington, VT

Tues, Aug 28: 176 Middle Street, Portland, ME

Thurs, Aug 30: 468 Angell Street (Wayland Sq.), Providence, RI

Thurs, Sept 6: 260 Elm Street (Davis Square), Somerville, MA

Tues, Sept 11: 211 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Thurs, Sept 18: 755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

SMMC Finals: Tentative date - Sunday, October 7th

Prizes for the 2007 Starbucks Music Makers Competition Semi-Finals:

  • Showcase at the NEMO Music Festival

  • $50 Starbucks Gift card

  • Space on Radio Free Goombah Music Player
  • $200 American Express Gift Card from OurStage

Prize package for the SMMC Finalist:

  • Hotel and airfare to attend the Kauai Music Festival (KMF)* sponsored by BMI.

  • $500 Gift Card from Starbucks

  • Two days of studio time with an Engineer at Q Division

  • Promotion of winner on Radio Free Goombah Free Music Fridays
  • Professional publicity/radio campaign values at $1,000 with a leading music industry promoter courtesy of OurStage

* KMF is one of the country's premier celebrations of songwriting, featuring the best songwriters in America. The four-day festival offers educational opportunities in the form of seminars with Grammy-winning producers and industry professionals, as well as performances by award-winning songwriters. For more info go to:

Sponsors include Starbucks, NEMO, BMI, Goombah, Q Division and the KMF.

Please note: All artists who apply to the SMMC will be automatically considered for NEMO. The discounted submission fee is available only during the submission period of the SMMC and as thanks from Starbucks.