Sounds of the Queen City (SoQC) was formed to bring unity to our city through the arts. It features two musical contests culminating in award events ­– one in April for ages 18 and over and one in the fall for Mecklenburg County public and charter high school students. In its inaugural year, the organizing committee has decided to focus on hip hop for its accessibility and popularity among younger generations. SoQC is steered by Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and a community volunteer committee.