Well 12 finalists turned into 14; we couldn’t decide!
Songs from our finalists will be released on our Facebook page, one artist per day at 4:00 p.m. CT. Judges will identify the winners from these finalists. Check out the finalists at the Fest’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greatriverfolkfest)
Here’s the schedule:
|Aug 10||Songa||Love Heeds the Call|
|Aug 11||John Louis||Carry Me Home|
All I Want
|Aug 12||Winnie Brave||Holden Hotel|
|Aug 13||High & Rising||In the Dark|
|Aug 14||Amanda Pascali||Hey Amorino|
|Aug 15||Jake Shane||If Judgement Day Is Coming|
|Aug 16||Michelle Lewis||Scars|
Run, Run, Run,
|Aug 17||Theocles||Where the Clovers Grow|
Johnny and Me
|Aug 18||Erik Kjellkand||Comatose at 2:33|
|Aug 19||Patrick Cooper||She Leads with her Heart|
|Aug 20||The Sapsuckers||Hoss|
|Aug 21||Shanna in a Dress||A Face Like Yours|
|Aug 22||Sofia Talvik||Meanwhile in Winnsboro|
Pharahos & Friends
|Aug 23||Jane Fallon||If it Mattered|
Etched in Stone
Because of the uncertainty of the corona virus this summer, we have decided to move the Songwriting contest to Facebook this year so that it can continue even as we are forced to cancel the physical Fest in late August. Music fans can watch the contest proceed throughout the summer on Facebook and contribute to the virtual tip jar. (Tips will be shared with the contest finalists.)
Songwriters can enter up to one song per week through the Fest’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greatriverfolkfest) by submitting a video of a performance of the song. Contest winners will be selected from 12 finalists. Finalists will be announced periodically between May 18 and Aug 8. Finalists will be invited to “perform“ their song online at the end of the contest and the prize winners will be selected from the 12 finalists. Additionally, should the Fest be held, finalists will be invited to perform at the Fest on August 30.
In addition to the contest, those entering the contest can be considered for air time at GRFF Radio by including an mp3 version of the song with their email entry.
Virtual Tip Jar: You can tip the performers using PayPal or Venmo. The contest finalists will share in the tips. Please indicate "Songwriter" in your tip reference.
Each Monday from May 18 to Aug 3, the Fest will post a contest announcement on its Facebook page. To enter, songwriters can post a comment to the Facebook announcement with a video of their song.
Here are the steps for entering the contest:
It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that the entries are complete and the media playable. The GRFF reserves the right to extend the entry deadline and/or slightly modify the contest due to the uncertainty inherent in the Convid-19 pandemic and the evolution of social distancing rules and practices.
Each song submitted shall receive a comprehensive evaluation by a team of GRFF judges. Songs are judged on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics. Lyrics may be in any language, although an English translation is required to accompany all non-English entries.
Finalists will be chosen throughout the summer and will be announced on the Folk Festival Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greatriverfolkfest) and on GRFF Radio.
Finalists will share in the tips generated through Facebook during the contest. (To share in the tips, finalists must provide the fest with a completed W2 form.)
After 12 finalists are chosen, we'll start the performance section of the contest where we will ask for a video or a live session from each on the finalists. These will all be posted to our Facebook page.
First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded from the performance section of the contest. While judges will still evaluate the songs, this stage of the contest replaces the on-site performances of the finalists. As at the fest contest, audience applause could influence judges, and Facebook comments and likes are welcome.
(Cash prize winners, including finalists sharing the tip jar, will need to submit a W-2 form.)
If by chance the Aug 28-30th 2020 fest is still held, we will invite all 12 finalists to the fest for a Songwriter song swap. The 2020 contest does not require a finalist to attend the Fest in order to win one of the prizes.