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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

Prizes!

  • 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 - sgerber@gmu.edu
  • 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)!

Fonts

  • 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)

Graphics

  • 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 sgerber@gmu.edu 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.