Skip to main content

Music Poster Contest

Show what you know!

Mason Undergraduate Students!

Do you love music? Are you interested in music? Are you studying music? Enter the Music Poster Contest!

How do I enter?

  • Create a display poster for Mason Libraries' Music Library.
  • Do some biographical or historical research on a music topic of personal interest - choose a subject from any era or genre of music. Use the Music InfoGuide as a starting point
  • Then TELL a very short music-related story or EXPLAIN a music-related event on your poster.
  • Any Mason undergrad can submit an entry—no need to be a music major.
  • Come on by the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick, and look at the current exhibit for an idea of how the posters look and are displayed


  • Grand Prize = $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
  • 3 Runners-up = $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Cards
  • Winning posters will be displayed in the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick Library, December 3, 2018 to February 15, 2019.

Layout & Content

  • Your poster should be created in Microsoft Powerpoint as a single slide, exactly 24" high x 48" wide to fit our display case.
  • If needed, the Music Librarian can provide a template.  Just contact me -
  • Your explanatory body text which tells your story should be about 200-300 words (An average reader or exhibit visitor can read this much material in 1 to 2 minutes.)
  • Be sure to tell why your topic is significant!
  • Cite your source(s). Do not plagiarize (copy somebody else’s words)!


  • Use Powerpoint’s default Calibri font (otherwise, the printed results are unpredictable if our computer doesn’t have your font).
  • Suggested font sizes
    • Main title = 108 point font (3 inches)
    • Subtitle, byline, section heading = 80 point font (2.25 inches)
    • Main body text = 36 point font (0.5 inch; sizes less than 36 point will not be easily readable)


  • Your poster must include at least one large graphic that helps tell your story.
  • Graphic elements (photo, illustration, diagram, map, timeline, etc.) should be at least 10 or 12 inches high or wide for impact.
  • Be sure to cite the source of your image(s).

Document Details, Deadline & Dates

  • First, save your poster as a POWERPOINT FILE (.ppt). Second, save it as a .pdf file and email the .pdf  as an attachment to by November 19, 2018. Don’t print it!
  • A panel of three judges will review the entries for content and design, and select the winners for notification by November 29.
  • Mason Libraries will print the winners in our SP@RC Lab and exhibit them in the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick, from December 3, 2018 to February.15, 2019.

Questions | More Information

  • Stop by and visit your friendly, approachable Music Librarian, Prof. Steve Gerber, 2604 Fenwick.