Songwriting and Performance Contest
2016 Songwriting Contest winner, Blaine Howard of Fairchild, WI performs during the contest. (Photo Jerry Weigel).
2011 winners Casey Yeager and Joe Danielson perform their winning songs.
About the Contest
2017 Submission deadline: July 20, 2017
Twelve finalists will be selected to perform two songs each at the Great River Folk Festival on Sunday, Autust 27. Songwriters will be evaluated on songwriting and performance by a panel of Great River Folk Festival judges.
All entries will receive a free pass to the festival for Sunday. The first place act will receive a cash prize, a day in a recording studio at Grammy Award-winning Sound Strations, and will perform as the opening act on the main stage later Sunday afternoon. Second and Third places will also receive a cash prize.
The twelve finalists will be contacted by e-mail and be listed on the GRFF web site at: www.greatriverfolkfest.org
To enter you must submit:
- A CD recording containing the two original songs you would sing at the festival if selected as a finalist. (No mp3s and no longer than 5 minutes per song please)
- A lyric sheet for each song
- A $20 per person entry fee or $40 for a duo (check made out to “Great River Folk Festival”) No credit cards accepted.
- A completed application form
Send entries to:
Great River Folk Festival
1824 Sunset Lane
La Crosse, WI 54601
Entries must be received by:
Thursday, July 20, 2017 — (No late entries will be considered).
receive one free Festival pass for Sunday August 27.
1st Place :
- $150 cash
- One day in the studio at Soundstrations Audio Productions in La Crosse, WI (an $850 value)
- A performance of your two songs at the Fest Closing Concert, Sunday afternoon.
$ 75 cash
$ 50 cash
Judging will be calculated by the following criteria:
- Songwriting (composition, lyrics, melody)
- Instrumental performance
- Vocal performance
- Performers stage presence
- 1st Place – Blaine Howard, Fairchild, WI
- 2nd Place – Traci Stinebrink, Rhinelander, WI
- 3rd Place – Mike Caucutt, La Crosse, WI
- 1st Place – Michael Monroe, Grand Marais, MN
- 2nd Place – Jane Fallon, Brookline NH
- 3rd Place – Joe Schwem, Bozeman, MT
- 1st Place – Derek Olsen, New Lisbon, WI
- 2nd Place – Jeff Cozy, La Crosse, WI
- 3rd Place – Jim Gary, Elmhurst, IL
- 1st Place - Aric Sampson, Galesville, WI
- 2nd Place - Katie Dahl, Baileys Harbor, WI
- 3rd Place - Joe DeLucia, Port Washington, WI
- 1st Place - Barb and Tom Webber - Milwaukee, WI
- 2nd Place - Roger Wendover (Brojo Rog) - LaCrosse, WI
- 3rd Place - Scott Wilcox - Tomah, WI
- 1st place - Joe Danielson & Casey Yeager (duo) - Cadott, WI
- 2nd place - Roger Wendover - LaCrosse, WI
- 3rd place - Kris Risch & Lisa Risch (duo) - Holmen, WI
- 1st place - Tim Fast - Elk River, MN
- 1st place - Mike Caucutt - LaCrosse, WI