Official Contest Rules and Eligibility
The 2017 "Gathering In The
Gap" Music Festival offers area songwriters entry into its annual songwriting
contest. A crowd favorite, the
songwriting contest showcases
outstanding, but under-recognized,
performing songwriters who represent the
spirit and traditions of Appalachian
Its focus is to showcase
outstanding, but under-recognized, performing songwriters.
Both traditional and newer styles of
songs are encouraged.
include songs relative to Americana and
related topics and topical songs about
historic or current events. Song
generes should have roots in Appalachian
culture, such as Old-Time, Folk,
Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Blues and
How To Enter
April 28th, 2017 by 4 p.m.
first song, $5 for a second song.
Please send a CD
copy of the submission with a check or
money order payable to the
Friends of the Southwest Virginia
Museum, 106 West 1st Street North, Big
Stone Gap, VA 24219 (do
not send cash), or drop off during
busienss hours at the Southwest Virginia
Museum Historical State Park in Big
Stone Gap, VA.
entries MUST arrive by deadline, not by
postmark. Entry fees are
entries received too late to be judged will be returned unopened.
The Gathering in The Gap Music Festival is not responsible for late,
damaged, misdirected, insufficient postage, stolen, or misappropriated entries.
One completed entry form per song;
signature must be original.
One song entry per compact disc.
-- Lyrics submitted typed, double
-- Cd and lyric sheet must be labeled
with the entrants name, address, email, telephone number, song title, and
co-authors name, if applicable.
-- Cd and lyrics will not be returned.
Upon arrival of entry, contestant
will receive notification of submittal by email.
Entries will be judged by a panel of professional
songwriters, publishers, or other music industry professionals.
Entries will be reviewed and judged on the following criteria:
Note: Music production and performance quality of submittal
are not considered.
From the original mailed cd entries, ten finalists will be
chosen to compete on the main stage at the Gathering In The Gaps song writing
Ten finalists will be invited to compete on May 23,
2015 on the festival Main Stage at Gathering In The Gap in Big Stone Gap,
Order of each finalists
competition performance will be determined by the songwriting committee.
Each finalist will be given a free access ticket to get into the
festival, along with a festival t-shirt.
Transportation to and from the event, as well as other expenses, are the
responsibility of the finalist.
Each song in the finals must be performed by the composer,
with no more than one accompanist; performances to pre-recorded soundtracks will
NOT be allowed.
If there are several
co-writers, all will be allowed to perform the song.
On-site judges will make the final determination of first,
second, and third place winners based upon previous stated criteria and live
Winners and Prizes
event of co-writers win, the division of cash prizes is the sole responsibility
of the person whose name is listed first on the entry form.
Indemnity and Release
On-line entry form and signature on
entry form constitutes each song submitted is an original song and releases the
Gathering In The Gap songwriting contests, its sponsors, the Friends of the
Museum, and the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park from all
Entry also constitutes
permission to use the winners name and likeness for future advertising and
publicity without compensation.
of old-time and bluegrass music found in Southwest Virginia.
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