Thumbnails of the eleven 2017 POP PICKS FINALISTS

2017 POP Finalists

Each month, 21CM asks a leader in music to select the People, Organizations and Projects that have inspired them most. We then hand the voting over to our readers to select their favorites.

It all culminates in this moment, a list narrowed down to 11 finalists for the greatest honor of them all – the POP Icon. Our rules are simple: Vote for as many as you like until December 31. We’ll announce the POP Icon along with the winners in each category in early January. Get voting! Have a voice in this POPocracy!

Vote by December 31!


ASO Talent Development Program

“priming young African-American and Latino music students for careers as professional musicians”

Category: Project

Curator: Stanford Thompson


Anderson and Roe

“they’ve aced the 21st century … the perfect balance between art and entertainment”

Category: People

Curator: Greg Sandow


Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients

“concerts meant both to honor the doctors and nurses working at Mount Sinai and to bring ‘comfort and beauty’ to recovering patients”

Category: Project

Curator: Dale Henderson


Ola Gjeilo

a composer whose music “is a sort of mash-up between Nordic cool and the contemporary music scene”

Category: People

Curator: Paul Smith


Project 440

“provides access … to professional-grade coaching, guidance through the college application process, and mind-set/skill set development”

Category: Organization

Curator: Staff



Education Through Music

“makes it possible for lower-income students to attend music programs and receive private lessons”

Category: Organization

Curator: Laurie Rubin



Four/Ten Media

a music video production company whose work highlights “the importance of visuality and physicality in musical performance”

Category: Organization

Curator: Molly Joyce



Marble House Project

an artist residency that “combines the customary creative work space … with a more social atmosphere of cross-pollination”

Category: Organization

Curator: Joe Brent



Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

with the hope that broken instruments owned by the Philadelphia School District will be “adopted” by donors, this piece “is composed of sounds that these instruments can only make in their broken state”

Category: Project

Curator: Tim Munro



Vince Peterson

the founding director of Choral Chameleon insists “that combining voices in the pursuit of beauty brings undeniable and indispensable healing”

Category: People

Curator: Kristina Boerger



Notes with a Purpose

“provides Las Vegas with an innovative concert series as well as community and educational engagement programs”

Category: Organization

Curator: Claire Bryant


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