The RPM Challenge
is a creative challenge offered yearly to musicians, similar to other time-based challenges such as NaNoWriMo
(the National Novel Writing Month held each November).
RPM invites musicians to create a whole album of music, 10 songs or 35 minutes, in the month of February. This is not a contest so there is no winner. The challenge functions solely to give musicians a needed push towards finishing original material and help them achieve a sense of satisfaction. The challenge is open to all participants regardless of style, solo artists or groups, country of origin, language or theme. The albums are then made available for streaming and sharing via an online jukebox, and a listening party
Rules and Guidelines
The rules for the RPM challenge are simple. As it is not a contest, there is no monitoring or enforcement of the rules, aside from the March 1 deadline.
- Produce an album of 10 songs or 35 minutes length
- Record the album during the month of February
- A finished CD must be dropped off or postmarked by noon on March 1
While the rules are simple, a number of informal guidelines seem to also have been instituted either by being implied in the official rules, or through consensus of the participants.
- The album must consist of original material, rather than cover songs
- All songs do not necessarily need to be written during the challenge, but it is encouraged by certain members
- Any form of recording is acceptable, from a simple tape......