Registration for the 2018 MAMM Slam, Maine's high school rock-off, has been extended to Wednesday, March 21. The Maine Academy of Modern Music’s MAMM Slam is a statewide competition designed to provide young, career-minded musicians with an educational platform through which to gain performance and business experience, professional acumen; industry exposure; and promotional and career networking opportunities.

The competition is open to both bands and solo artists; students may register online at The preliminary round will be held April 7 at Bayside Bowl, and the finals will be held at Empire on May 12.

During the preliminary round, professionals in the local club, radio, print media and recording studio industries will serve as judges for the competition. The panel of judges will select five bands to participate in the finals. In addition to the five bands selected by the panel of judges, the general public will be invited to participate in the event by voting for their favorite band in an online poll on the MAMM website. One “wild card” band, chosen through this poll, will proceed to the finals along with the five selected by the judges.

Winners have a crack at a pretty extensive prize package that includes $1000 cash; college scholarships to the Maine College of Art of up to $16,000 per year to each member of the winning band; a tour of Gateway Mastering in Portland; free recording studio time; plum gigs, including appearances on the MAMM Stage at the 2018 Old Port Festival and the All Roads Music Festival in Belfast; radio appearances; and more.

The MAMM Slam is sponsored by Coffee By Design, State Theatre, Maine College of Art, Gateway Mastering, Law Offices of Joe Bernstein, All Roads Music Festival, Bayside Bowl and Empire, with support from WCYY, WBLM, Maine Magazine and WPXT-TV.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or