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Attention High School Musicians:
are you looking for your big break into the Boston music scene?

Salem Five Presents: the 5th Annual MusicMatters Competition

If you’re a high school student driven by music, send us an .mp3 of your original song, along with a brief essay telling us why music matters to you.

First Place winner receives:

  • $1,000 grant for your school’s music department from The Salem Five Charitable Foundation
  • The opportunity to record your song in the legendary River Music Hall
  • Your song played on 92.5 the River
  • An opportunity to perform at RiverFEAST 2015, a benefit concert for the Greater Boston Food Bank

Second and Third Place winners receive:

  • $500 grant for your school’s music department from The Salem Five Charitable Foundation

Top 10 Finalists will be featured on air, online & at a ceremony in the River Music Hall!

To enter, send an email to with the following info:

  • An .mp3 of your song
  • A phone number to reach you
  • A brief essay explaining why music matters to you

All entrants must complete and submit this Music Matters Consent Form

 The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

There is no cost to enter.  River DJs will review all submissions and the top ten finalists will be notified by phone and email no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 27, 2015.


About the MusicMatters program: Created by Salem Five Bank, MusicMatters is a charitable program committed to preserving music education throughout the Greater Boston area, Boston’s North Shore and the Merrimack Valley.  The program supports and supplements funding to music programs in school districts that have been forced to drastically cut back funding for this important part of the curriculum. Additionally, the program has quickly become a premier platform for aspiring high school singer/songwriters to achieve the opportunities and exposure necessary to launch a successful career in music.

MusicMatters Past Winners:

On September 19th, 2014, Katrina Gustafson, of Lynnfield, MA won $500 for her high school music department. She recorded her song “Everyday” in the River Music Hall, and it was featured on the River airwaves. This past November, Katrina played her song at RiverFeast in front of 500 people (opening for Scars on 45 and David Gray)!

Katrina and Scars on 45
(Katrina and her band with Scars on 45 backstage)

In July 2013 six lucky high school students from Ipswich got to perform the finale with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Outside the Box Festival on Boston Common in front of 40,000 people.WXRV_Mighty_Bostones-9090_
LuxDeluxe won the 2012 MusicMatters competition, winning the chance to open in concert for Scars on 45. They’re a sensational indie rock band from Northampton, MA, who have played together since late 2009. Echoing familiar sounds from bands like, The Beatles, Dire Straits, and The Band, LuxDeluxe brings rock & roll back to its original glory and continues to change the way it’s done today.LuxDeluxe Performing at Beverly MusicMatters
Kingsley Flood won the 2011 MusicMatters contest and opened for Augustana at the Salem Five MusicMatters Festival at Stoneham Town Day. Music Matters_KingsleyFlood

Here Kingsley Flood performs their hit, “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” live in the River Music Hall:

The MusicMatters program is presented by Salem Five
Where Better Banking Starts with Listening.