The RPM Challenge
To complete the RPM Challenge, it's time to submit your finished album (10 songs or 35 mins of music) by March 1 at noon! It's just four easy steps:
1. Choose your technology: Online, or hard copy?
- You can always mail your CD to RPM Challenge, c/o RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth, NH 03801.
- Or you can submit online (10 songs or 35 mins of music) via www.RPMChallenge.com. It's easy -- all you have to do is clear out your profile player and load your completed album as .mp3s there!
- If you're in the area of an official hub, you may alternately use one of these addresses:
Official Newfoundland/Labrador Hub c/o Unpossible:
Drop off box anytime (or in person on March 1 between 4 and 5:30pm) at Rocket Bakery & Fresh Foods, 272 Water St., St. John's.
Or mail to: c/o Unpossible NL, PO Box 1044, St. John's, NL, A1C 5M3.
Official Yukon Hub c/o Dawson City Music Festival:
Drop off in person on March 1 between 4 and 5:30pm at the Dawson City Music Festival office, corner of Third and Harper.
Or mail to: PO Box 456, Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0.
Official Portsmouth Hub, c/o RPM Challenge:
Drop off box at RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth
2. Register your completed album using your RPM Profile -- don't forget this step!
Using your "2017 Album Info tab" on your RPM profile:
1. Mark the date you submitted and the format you chose
2. Don't forget to let know your preferred Listening Party track -- include the name/number of the track you want us to play during the Global Listening Party (i.e., 3. Like a Boss). (Since this will go out over U.S. radio airwaves, consider radio-friendly language.)
3. We'll mark your album as "received" as soon as our volunteers can receive it at www.RPMChallenge.com (or in the mail, if you prefer) -- and you can upload it into the Jukebox player. Important: Continue to keep your tracks in your profile player at least until the Listening Party.
3. Share your album art!
We love to show off completed album art on the homepage at www.rpmchallenge.com and share it as we promote our Global Listening Party in March. Album art a great way to welcome visitors to the site and show the world how much music was created in 2017. Just post your cover image as "Album Art 2017" in your Profile Gallery by March 1, and we'll take it from there.
4. Then, we celebrate #RPM2017!
Stay tuned for details on our Global Listening Party in March, streaming online and over the airwaves at www.wscafm.org. The Global Listening Party is a celebration of featured tracks from EVERY COMPLETED ALBUM, so don't miss out on the fun.
Be sure to meet the RPM Challenge deadline and submit your completed album by March 1 at noon!
What better way could there be to spend February than by dedicating the month to the creation of 10 songs or 35 minutes of original music? It's still not too late to sign up. f you're a newcomer and you'd like to join us, sign-up here. If you're a returning RPMer, just log-in to your profile, choose "Your Details" from the menu at right, then go under "Edit > Update Your Profile" to check the box for 2017!
Read the full text of the challenge here.
Help spread the word.
RPM will always be free for all participants -- that's been part of our mission from day one. But we need your support to keep the wheels turning, and invest in new ideas.
So for the first time, we are asking the whole community to participate in a meaningful fundraiser. If everyone who participated in RPM donated just $10 (say, the cost of a CD), we'd be in the black and in a position to move forward. (And if you're in a position to make a larger donation, then that will help cover the people who aren't able to donate at all.)
Some of you have donated to RPM in the past, and for that we are deeply grateful. Unfortunately, only about 2% of participants make donations, and that doesn't cover even our most essential costs.
Please consider chipping in and making a donation to RPM this year, and we'll put it to good use.
A) Click the "Donate" button at right.
B) Join us on our fundraising campaign at Generosity here!
C) Share our fundraising campaign on social media, or with your email contacts!
We are also happy to accept donations in Bitcoin at the following address:
We know you want to look your very best when representing your love of RPM music.
Pre-orders are now open for the 2017 RPM classic tee (pictured below). All sizes are unisex, shipping is included. Orders placed by Tuesday, Feb. 21 will start shipping on March 1.
(click "Read More" to see available previous colors & sizes)
THANK YOU to participants, family and friends who are supporting the goals of the RPM Challenge. You help make it an extraordinary experience.
Would you consider putting $10 in the tip jar? If just 10% of our all-time RPMers offer $10 support, we will reach our goal to raise $10,000 to lay the groundwork for more RPMs to come.
Carol Goddard - Anonymous - Mairead Dunphy - Kati Usvaniitty - Tyrome Cobb - Michael Vlahakis - David Saigh - Michael Moore - Samuel Lehr - Brian Thedell - Tonefreak Music - Jayme Martin - Rachel Forrest - Jason Vega - Ashley Scott - Jeffrey Burton - Tomi Huttula - Pamela Brown - The Sea Beat - BrainCamp - Derek Fulker - Tessa Pearce - Jason Boucher - Andrew Schoen - Robert Gonyo - Andrew Lillie - Rebecca Minnick - Patrick Canning - Tor Loney - Jonathan Blakeslee - Jason Boucher - Brent Eagles - Jane of All Trades Music - Renee Armand - Robert Beyer - Richard Hammond - The Checkers Speech - Anthony Dominello - Paul Jarrett - Ian James Music - Robert Roule - Todd Larsen - Centrale Electrique - Simon Brown - Dawna Barnett - Toby Shain - John Goodnow - Paula Grisell-Goldstein - Luke Crawley - Roy Howard - James Kerley - William Downing - Jason Davis - Michael Lichodziejewski - Josh Pickenpaugh - Mark Naylor - Matt Ferrara - Andrew Hunter - Ben Guerard
Ali Kilpatrick - Wai Bong Ng - Anonymous - Timothy Homan - Alan Hall - Matt Parker - Thom Keith - Edward Davis - Paul Marlz - Craig Stenseth - Elizabeth Widerski - Anonymous - Darren Hawe - Guy Capecelaro III - Michael McCullough - Randy Tompkins - Billy Butler - Edward Duncan - Ten Sop Saxop - Jarrett Osborn - James Connolly - Brandon Miller - David Bohnenberger - Tyler Baret - Sharese Caldwell - Stephen Waring - Tim Bessler - Vision Points - John Harris - Tom Martin
Soundsmith Kamachi - Martin Fox - Anonymous - Chris Carignan - Jana Persson - Eschertron/The F7 Project - Jay Mack - Anonymous - Nathaniel Raymond - Bruce Pingree - Joshua Cyr - Griffin Richardson - Anonymous - Russ Grazier - Brian Martin - Cyclops Cow - Hussalonia - Guy Capecelatro III - Mary Dally-Muenzmaier - Dylan Keenberg - Alexander Kirk - Aged Machine - Retro for the Future - Jonathan Blakeslee - Leanna Primiani
True Believer $100+
Bill LaSure - Paul Mariz - Melanie Burger - Ken Dunnington - Joshua Fuson - Brandi Parker- Andrew Boring - Anonymous - Anonymous
Guitar Hero $200+
Chris Elliott - Anonymous - Daniel Perdomo - Anonymous
There's a ton of new music to listen to on here.
Fire up the Jukebox to see what RPMers have created this year. Only have time for a sample? Click above on the home page player, which is now updated hourly with a random selection of this year's music. Or stream the podcasts below for a curated stream. Bands have also shared their music on social media using the hashtag #RPM2016.
Thanks for participating!
That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. Go ahead… put it to tape.
It’s a little like National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo.org) where writers challenge each other to write 1,700 words a day for 30 days, or the great folks over at February Album Writing Month (fawm.org), who encourage artists to write 14 new songs in February. Maybe they don’t have “Grapes of Wrath” or “Abbey Road” at the end of the month, or maybe they do—but that’s not the point. The point is they get busy and stop waiting around for the muse to appear. Get the gears moving. Do something. You can’t write 1,700 words a day and not get better.
Don't wait for inspiration - taking action puts you in a position to get inspired. You'll stumble across ideas you would have never come up with otherwise, and maybe only because you were trying to meet a day’s quota of (song)writing. Show up and get something done, and invest in yourself and each other.
Anyone can come up with an excuse to say “no,” so don’t. Many of you are thinking “But, I can’t do that! I don’t have any songs/recording gear/money/blah blah blah...” But this doesn’t have to be the album, it’s just an album. Remember, this is an artistic exercise. Just do your best using what you have in order to get it done. If you have a four-track, become a four-track badass! Use your iPhone, your '80s cassette recorder, that program on your laptop, a Pro Tools rig, or just borrow something – use it. Do your best. Use the limitations of time and gear as an opportunity to explore things you might not try otherwise. If you can afford time in a studio, fine, but let’s be completely free of any lingering idea that “good” records can only be made in a studio. If that were so, then all the old scratchy blues records or Alan Lomax field recordings that have changed the world’s culture wouldn’t still resonate with us today. Springsteen’s haunting classic “Nebraska” was a demo he did at home on a crappy machine. That album is fricking awesome. What label would put those recordings out now? (See: who cares) There are a million examples of this kind of stuff, but the fact will always be: Well written, honest music is compelling and undeniable no matter what it was recorded on. So put it to tape.
Please say hello to Episode 3 of the 2016 RPM podcast! Listen Now!
The real history of RPM is in the music: every song, every album, every band that ever recorded a track tells part of the story. More than 40,000 songs have been created as part of the RPM challenge during the first decade. Some participated once, and some have done it every year, like a glorious ritual of music. Every musician who has participated has a story as rich and surprising as their own lives.
But if you ever wondered how things look from behind the scenes, it’s something like this.
The RPM intergalactic infostorm can't be contained by any one dimension or media stream. As such, we transmit on multiple channels to reach the beings who live in the far corners of the social mediaverse.
Love us in Facebookistan
Soar with us in the thin atmosphere of Twitterria
Swim with us in the tropical Youtubarium
Transpose your matter matrix Instagrammatically
Sojourn with the trolls of Reddit
The RPM challenge is not a money making venture, for the artists or the organizers. For the first 10 years, the RPM Challenge was a project of The Wire, a weekly paper that absorbed whatever costs were necessary, with much-welcomed financial help from donators and occasional sponsors, not to mention the tireless efforts of the many, many volunteers who helped over the years.
The Wire has ceased publication, but with your support we're still delighted to carry RPM forward. Donations to help defray the costs of running--and growing--an annual global music challenge are more welcome than ever.
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