The information below is for the 2017 RPM Challenge. Stay tuned for 2018 info coming soon!


Thank you to our 2018 NL RPM Challenge sponsors:
Memorial UniversityCity of St. John's, MusicNL, Rocket Bakery,
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
Common Ground Coworking, Business and Arts NL, Long & McQuade,
Sound Symposium, Girls Rock NL, and Out of Earshot 



The RPM (Record Production Month) Challenge is a creative challenge to everyone to record an album of original music in the month of February. Although it's an international challenge, hundreds of Newfoundland & Labrador musicians sign up each year.

It's not a contest. It's for fun.

NL RPM alumni include a large number of now-established, award-winning artists. Kat McLevey, The Domestics, Pilot to Bombardier, Steve Maloney, and Waterfront Fire are just a handful of musicians whose first significant leap into recording music was with the RPM Challenge.

2018 will mark the 11th year of the RPM Challenge in NL. 

want to hear RPM albums?

More than 1,000 albums from NL have been recorded so far, and many of them are online. Click here to spin the RPM Album Roulette wheel for a listen.

This album would absolutely, positively not have happened if it weren’t for the pressure of the challenge. Thanks to my unfortunate nature of not being able to let go of imperfections, I have never been able to release an album before, even without a deadline.
— Laura Jean Fraser, Borealis Prize nominee

For people who have never written or recorded their own music it can be a very empowering, thrilling experience, and in some cases RPM has been a gateway into participating in the music community beyond the Challenge
— Mathias Kom of The Burning Hell

I think the camaraderie of having so many of your peers chugging along in the challenge with you helps spur you on.
— Danielle Hamel of It Could Be Franky, MusicNL winner

Recording ten songs in the shortest month of the year just seems impossible, but when you know that so many people are doing it in their own little home base, it makes you realize that it’s not just some pipe dream.
— Bekah Sims

 Our 2018 poster by Jose Gonzalez

Our 2018 poster by Jose Gonzalez