Singer-songwriter contest deadline set

FERDINAND — The fifth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Contest is accepting submissions through July 1.

The winners will be featured in a performance showcase in the St. Benedict’s Brew Works theater at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, and at the 10th annual Ferdinand Folk Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, they will earn opening time on the NextEra Energy Main Stage at 11 a.m. They also will have an opportunity to perform a 15-minute set on the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage during the festival. Winners also will be recognized in festival marketing.

The folk music tradition includes songs that tell powerful stories, bring history to life, celebrate nature and relationships, reflect on issues, make people think, laugh, and so forth.  In the past three years, the contest has attracted dozens of local, regional and national artists of all ages to submit excellent, diverse songs and genres supported by the festival including folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues, reggae, and more.

There are two age divisions, which are Class of 2019 and younger high school class of 2019 and younger and ages 18 and older. Each entrant may submit up to three songs (with collaborations of up to three people) with each no more than five minutes in length. All submissions are due by midnight on July 1. The showcase performers will be announced later in July. The showcase will not be a competition; instead, the winners will have the opportunity to share their talent in an intimate, non-competitive setting as well as sell any CDs they may have to offer.

A committee of experienced music promoters, songwriters and educators familiar with original songwriting and performing techniques will study each song, applying the following rubric: originality of lyrics (25%), melody (25%), musicianship (25%), and overall quality (25%). Songs that have been previously recorded and released under contract on a label are not eligible.

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