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SPR Firehouse Sessions Song Contest

Calling All Musicians!

The Firehouse Sessions application submission period has ended. Thanks to all who applied. Stay tuned as we announce the winners!

Join Spokane Public Radio in the inaugural SPR Firehouse Sessions Song Contest and have your band solidified as one of the best of the Inland Northwest.

Spokane Public Radio will give Inland Northwest artists the tools to submit great recordings to competitions such as NPR's Tiny Desk Contest — and gain local recognition along the way.

WINNERS OF SPR'S FIREHOUSE SESSIONS SONG CONTEST WILL:

  • Perform in the SPR performance studio (located in Spokane's historic Fire Station No.3) and receive three high-quality audio and video recordings.
  • Have their songs and interviews aired on KPBX 91.1 FM.
  • Perform in SPR's Firehouse Sessions Concert in spring of 2024.

HOW TO APPLY:

SPR will accept submissions from September 15 through October 15. To apply, submit three original song recordings to firehousesessions@kpbx.org and fill out the form at this link: Application Form

BASIC CONTEST GUIDELINES:

I. Audio submissions must:

• Contain a song that is the original work of the entrant (or one or more members if the entrant a is group). Covers will not be accepted;

• Be a maximum of ten (10) minutes in length;

• Be appropriate for the general public;

• be free of any material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including, but not limited to, privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress and other intellectual property rights.

II. Entrants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of submission.

III. Entrants must live in the Inland Northwest.

Please read through our entire list of official rules before submitting materials to the contest. You can find those rules here: Official Rules.

JUDGING PROCESS:

Spokane Public Radio will select two (2) entrants to join our two launch collaborators as winners of the inaugural SPR Firehouse Sessions Contest.

A panel of four SPR employee judges will review all qualifying entries to the contest during the judging period (October 16 through October 20).

There will be one (1) round of judging. Initially, all eligible entries that meet the requirements under the Official Rules will be reviewed by a panel of preliminary judges selected at SPR’s sole discretion.

Audio submissions will be judged on the following criteria: 50% musical quality and appeal, 50% originality.

Winners will be notified of their status on or about October 21.

SPR will announce contest winners on or about October 29.

Please note: Contestants may submit their videos to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest for a chance to win the national contest. SPR’s Firehouse Sessions Song Contest is not affiliated with NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. Any entry to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest must be done separately. SPR is not responsible for submitting entries to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert.

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Savanna has been hooked on public radio since she was a child listening to Boise State Public Radio in the car with her family. As SPR's Marketing and Events Specialist, Savanna drives all external and internal marketing, designs print and digital ads, and creates the photos, videos, and graphics you'll find on SPR's digital platforms. She also helps plan, coordinate, and execute Spokane Public Radio outreach events.