CONTEST: DC Area Producers and Musicians Sought for TEDxPennQuarter Entrance Contest!


DC’s premiere creative and musical outlets–ReadysetDC and The Couch Sessions–are partnering up to offer area producers and musicians an exclusive opportunity to have their music featured during the innovative TEDxPennQuarter Conference this summer. The collaboration, in the interest of cross-promotion and cultivating and supporting the innovative music community in the DC creative community, will select 14 tracks to be used as a part of the TEDxPennQuarter festivities.

The TEDxPennQuarter Conference takes place on July 11th at the Newseum and will bring together some of the world’s best thinkers and influencers to the Nation’s Capital for an innovative day long conference. Selected artists will have their tracks featured in speaker introductions and video credits as well as have their work featured on The Couch Sessions and ReadysetDC.

Participants will upload their entries for review via The deadline for
submissions is July 3rd, 2010. Entries will be judged by members of all participating organizations, and winners will be announced on July 7th, 2010.

We encourage submissions from across all music genres and styles with a focus on
artists from the Washington, DC region.


Contest Rules:

Contest starts June 24th. Contest deadline us July 3rd at midnight. Winners will be announced on The Couch Sessions and ReadysetDC on July 7th.

  • Track must be 30 – 60 seconds in length
  • Track must be submitted through the Soundcloud Dropbox. Email entries will NOT be accepted.
  • Artists should provide the following information:
    • Name
    • Valid Email Address
    • Location (City, State)
    • Website/Twitter (if Any)
  • Track must be artist’s own original work.

About TEDxPennQuarter

TEDxPennQuarter is a local, independently organized event in downtown Washington, DC that strives to re-create the distinctive experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. At its core, the fundamental goal of TED is to foster and spread great ideas. At TEDxPennQuarter, we aim to provide a platform where the smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries, and most fascinating innovators will have the opportunity to inspire others, as well as be inspired.

The conference will be held at the Newseum on Sunday, July 11, 2010 and will be centered around the theme: REINVENTINGx. Our expectations are that the diverse group of both speakers and attendees present will be able to learn from one another and leave the conference driven to creatively improve our collective future.

About The Couch Sessions

The Couch Sessions is the premier online destination for alternative urban music and
culture. The online magazine, created in 2005, covers emerging artists in hip-hop, R&B,
electronica, house, rock, and all things in between, and has attracted tech savvy and
progressive music lovers from around the world who are seeking new, underground and
underheard talent. In addition to it’s flagship website, The Couch Sessions is leveraging
its brand through Facebook, and Twitter attracting visitors from over 100 countries. With
a readership that spans America’s largest urban markets, The Couch Sessions has
consistently been ahead of the mainstream, solidifying itself as a destination for a new
generation of iPod armed consumers who are on the cutting edge of technology and

About ReadysetDC

The creative current running through Washington, DC is palpable. There is a cultural renaissance taking place in our city. A window of opportunity for urban design, art, music, fashion, photography, dining and everything in between.

ReadysetDC will discover this movement. ReadysetDC will interview, blog about, document, photograph and capture this movement. We do this for the LOVE of DC, for the love of its people , for the love of its culture and for the future progression of our beloved home.
We seek to spotlight this city and the creatives behind the scenes. DC is now ground zero for creative development. ReadysetDC is a place to share ideas, discover culture, spark discussion and inspire. The time is now. Ready. Set. Go create.