Boston Public Library Announces Teen Music Maker Showdown

BPL to partner with The Hip Hop Transformation for event series and competition; MA teens creating original music while learning about the music industry
BOSTON – January 28, 2021 – The Boston Public Library today announced it is partnering with The Hip Hop Transformation, opens a new window for the Teen Music Maker Showdown, opens a new window: a musical event series and statewide competition for teens. From February 5-25, Massachusetts residents ages 13-18 are encouraged to submit self-produced music tracks to be evaluated by a panel of judges from The Hip-Hop Transformation (THHT), ICA Teens, the Clubhouse Network, the BPL, and more. Three eligible winners will receive a commission opportunity to produce new music for the library, along with Visa gift cards. 
The BPL and THHT will host three events around the contest featuring industry experts; a kickoff, a music maker workshop, and an award celebration. Through the Music Maker Showdown, the BPL aims to support teens interested in showcasing their work, gaining professional experience, and connecting with leaders in the Boston music industry.  
“The BPL is thrilled to partner with The Hip Hop Transformation to bring teens the opportunity to create and share their art, as well as advance their careers and make connections in a competitive but exciting industry,” said BPL President David Leonard. “Youth engagement and career skills are both key pillars of the library’s 2021 Repairing America, opens a new window initiative, and we look forward to supporting our state’s next generation of music artists.” 
“The Hip Hop Transformation program is honored to team up with BPL Teens for the first ever statewide music-maker showdown! This event provides a platform for teens all over Massachusetts to have their music creations heard,” said THHT’s Artist Development Director, Red Shaydez. “Not only will this be an opportunity for three upcoming creators to have their music placed, but it will also be a great networking opportunity that could spawn future collaborations. We at THHT hope that this showdown will be the first of many.” 
The Teen Music Maker Showdown will feature three events: 
Teens interested in participating can email up to three original music submissions to, opens a new window starting at 4pm on February 5 through midnight on February 25. Contestants must be between the ages of 13-18 and reside in Massachusetts. Winners will be awarded Visa gift cards of up to $150 and eligible contest winners will be awarded a $100 commission opportunity to create music for the BPL's Twitch and Teen YouTube channels. For full submission guidelines please visit, opens a new window.  

About the Hip Hop Transformation

The Hip Hop Transformation (THHT) is an award-winning program for youth between the ages of 14-18 offered by the Cambridge Community Center in partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, and the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative. THHT teaches teens the history of hip hop culture, the role hip hop culture plays in their lives and society, and equips students with the resource and support to produce, write, record, perform, and distribute their own authentic hip hop music.

THHT is made possible through generous contributions from community members, local businesses, and foundations including The Boston Foundation’s Shout Syndicate Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Council’s YouthReach Program, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Lewis Prize for Music.