With the popularity of last year’s online Songwriting contest moving to Facebook, we have decided to pick up where we left off, even though right now our plans are to have a festival as close as normal as we can August 27-29, 2021 down at Riverside Park La Crosse, WI.
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 in two groups of six between May 1 and July 1.
The finals round will run from July 15 to July 31, and will require two videos to be reviewed the finalist judges.
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.
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.)
Well 12 finalists turned into 14; we couldn’t decide!