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This summer, the Milwaukee Public Library is hosting a citywide Beats & Rhymes Competition. Create your own original work and submit it online. Work alone or in teams of up to four people. Any type of music or sound recording is eligible. Submit your entry by Monday, July 30. A panel of expert judges will determine the winners. Prizes will be awarded at a Grammy Awards®-style Red Carpet event at Central Library. For more details, go to

Create your own original sound mix and enter it into the MPL Beats and Rhymes Competition for a chance to win great prizes.

  • Enter on your own or on a team with up to four friends.
  • Any type of music or sound mix is eligible. It can feature music, voices, sounds from the community, or anything else you can hear in any combination. Be creative and express yourself!
  • Attend a FREE workshop or a DJ Scratch Session to help you create your entry. Workshops are led by experts from True Skool and Scratch Sessions are led by DJ Bizzon
  • Download the RUBRIC here.
  • Earn 10 points for the Teen Summer Challenge!
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of music and sound mixing professionals.


Once you submit your entry online, visit any library branch to pick a pair of earbuds or a portable charger for your devices. You can also pick up your prize at the Red Carpet Awards Event* on Friday, August 10.


PRIZES (awarded to each team member)

  • 1st Place - $100 Amazon gift card
  • 2nd Place - $50 Amazon gift card
  • 3rd Place - $25 Amazon gift card.


People’s Choice Winner – Everyone who attends the Red Carpet Awards Event will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winning team will get the chance of a lifetime – to work with a professional filmmaker to create a music or documentary-style video of their entry.




  • Your entry must be totally original. You must respect copyright laws. If you sample or use any content from another artist’s work, you must credit them.
  • Your sound mix must contain credits. All team members must be credited. Credits can be visual, audio, or both.
  • No explicit content. No entries that would require a Parental Advisory Label under guidance of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will be accepted. See RIAA requirements here.
  • Sound mix length must be 1 to 5 minutes.
  • To enter the contest, please complete the form below by the end of the day on July 30, 2018.




Dress in your finest and get ready for your Red Carpet debut! This Grammy Awards®-style event will feature the opportunity to listen to all of the Beats & Rhymes Competition submissions. Winners of the competition will be announced, and prizes will be awarded. The competition’s panel of judges will be on hand to comment on the winning submissions.

Door Prize – Beats by Dre™ headphones. Anyone who attends the event is eligible to enter and win.

Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eighth St.
Friday, August 10, 6-8 p.m.


Submit Your Original Sound Mix

Team Member One -

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Team Member Five -

Terms: By submitting this form, you give permission for the Milwaukee Public Library to reproduce creative works resulting from your participation in the Book Trailer Competition. You give your permission with the understanding that no compensation of any kind will be paid to you at this time or in the future for the use of your creative works. This video is an original work.

Original Sound Mix