Libraries Accepting Submissions for ‘Make Music Montgomery’ Contest

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) third annual “Just for the Record –  A Vinyl Day” takes place Saturday, April 18 at the Silver Spring Library. For the second year, the event will include a live music contest titled “Make Music Montgomery.”

MCPL is currently accepting submissions to the contest. All acts must contain a live musical element and be family friendly. There is no age restrictions for the performers in the act, but most of the performers should live or work in the County.

Musical acts may enter the contest by submitting a recording or by participating in a live audition.

Submission by Sending a Recording, Deadline March 8.

  • Create a three minute “audition” audio/video recording of the musical act and submit that file to by midnight on Monday, March 8th.  Performers can also mail or deliver their audition file/media to Eric Carzon, Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851.  It must arrive no later than 8 p.m. on Monday, March 8th.
  • Performers can submit the file or media in any of the following formats:  Flash-drive, CD-ROM, DVD, MP3 or MP4 file, MOV file, WAV file, WMA file, or Quicktime file.  Performers can send an inquiry to well in advance of the deadline if they would like to provide the file or media in another format not listed.

Submission by Live Audition, Deadline March 2.

  • Live auditions will be held March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Twinbrook Library.
  • MCPL will record the musical acts using an iPad and submit that for performers as an audition file.
  • Interested participants need to reserve an audition slot by email to before March 2. The email should describe the musical act.

Just for the Record –  A Vinyl Day Takes Place April 18 at Silver Spring Library

The contest will be held at the Vinyl Day event Saturday, April 18 at Silver Spring Library.  The libraries chose April for the event to correspond to the National Record Store Day, an annual event started in 2008 to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store.

Six to eight acts will be chosen to perform at Vinyl Record Day, according to Eric Carzon, Branch Manager of the Twinbrook Library. A group of community “celebrity” judges will select first and second place winners. The Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. will provide the first prize valued at $100 and second prize valued at $50.

“We are delighted to celebrate the musical talents of our community and are looking forward to receiving many submissions,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “Music brings people together, and when performed by talented residents, it is inspiring for the whole community.”

For more information, visit or contact Eric Carzon by email at: or telephone at 240-777-0249.
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